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WD Upgrades Black HDD Line with 4TB Model

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Western Digital is now offering a 4 TB model in its line of WD Black desktop HDDs.

Western Digital said it has expanded its highest performing desktop hard drive series, the WD Black line, to 4 TB capacity. Shipping immediately, this new 3.5-inch hard drive will soon be available through select distributors and resellers for $339 USD, joining the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB models already on the market.

"Maximizing the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, multimedia and video editing, the new WD Black 4 TB hard drives offer capacity and performance—without compromise," said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client storage group. "In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease."

The Black series of HDDs features a 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB of cache, dual stage actuator technology, a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s max) interface, and an integrated dual processor to maximize performance. There's also NoTouch ramp load technology to make sure the recording head never touches the spinning platter.

"Dual actuator technology [is] a head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s)," WD said. "The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy."

According to the 4 TB version's spec list, the drive uses 10.40-watts while reading and writing data, 8.10-watts when sitting idle, 1.20-watts while on standby and 1.20-watts when in sleep mode. Other features include a (nominal) average latency of 4.20-ms, a minimum of 300,000 load/unload cycles, and an average 34 dBA when in seek mode.

For more information about the WD Black line of desktop HDDs, head here.

 

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    bison88 , November 22, 2012 7:14 PM
    4TB on 3 platters? Yes please!
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    Anonymous , November 22, 2012 7:20 PM
    Good deal need a replacement for my 1Tb model that no longer works correctly. Oh the day when 4TB SSD drives are under $500, I'll be the first one to bite.
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    ipwn3r456 , November 22, 2012 7:52 PM
    soldier2013Good deal need a replacement for my 1Tb model that no longer works correctly. Oh the day when 4TB SSD drives are under $500, I'll be the first one to bite.


    Want to wait for 4TB SSD's on that price? Wait until the year 2016 or something.
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    joytech22 , November 22, 2012 8:26 PM
    ipwn3r456Want to wait for 4TB SSD's on that price? Wait until the year 2016 or something.


    Or he could get one today for $5000. lol
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    thecolorblue , November 22, 2012 8:59 PM
    the price is absurdely high
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    someoneelse , November 22, 2012 9:19 PM
    Quote:
    the price is absurdely high


    That's what I thought. How many people need a 4tb fast drive? 4tb for media storage Okay but I don't see why you need a fast drive. Maybe I'm missing a something.
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    runswindows95 , November 22, 2012 11:21 PM
    someoneelseThat's what I thought. How many people need a 4tb fast drive? 4tb for media storage Okay but I don't see why you need a fast drive. Maybe I'm missing a something.


    I agree 100%. It would be nice if they made 4TB green drives available.
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    ipwn3r456 , November 22, 2012 11:47 PM
    joytech22Or he could get one today for $5000. lol


    Probably it's over 9000...
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 23, 2012 12:04 AM
    4TB of storage gives you 480 hours of HD Porn.
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    Darkk , November 23, 2012 2:04 AM
    jupiter optimus maximus4TB of storage gives you 480 hours of HD Porn.


    Also great for 3D HD Porn.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 23, 2012 2:37 AM
    DarkkAlso great for 3D HD Porn.

    :lol:  Not sure how much more it requires for 3D to be stored.
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    dragonsqrrl , November 23, 2012 3:01 AM
    bison884TB on 3 platters? Yes please!

    Where did you hear it uses 3 platters?
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    cumi2k4 , November 23, 2012 3:07 AM
    no news on "upgrading" the warranty period?
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    aevm , November 23, 2012 4:57 AM
    dragonsqrrlWhere did you hear it uses 3 platters?


    Excellent question. According to this article
    http://www.hardwarezone.com.my/tech-news-wd-black-4tb-desktop-hard-drives-announced?utm_source=NearByfeeD&utm_medium=sEo&utm_campaign=SGI
    it's actually 5 platters of 800 GB each.
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    dragonsqrrl , November 23, 2012 5:03 AM
    aevmExcellent question. According to this articlehttp://www.hardwarezone.com.my/tec [...] mpaign=SGIit's actually 5 platters of 800 GB each.

    5 platters is a little disappointing, I was hoping they would manage with 4. But in any case I'm just glad WD FINALLY updated their Caviar Black line up.
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    danwat1234 , January 24, 2013 8:14 PM
    someoneelseThat's what I thought. How many people need a 4tb fast drive? 4tb for media storage Okay but I don't see why you need a fast drive. Maybe I'm missing a something.

    Video editors,, doesn't really matter, buy the drive when it gets cheap for less than $100. I'm never buying a 5400RPM drive again. SSD is fast, 7200RPM is very slow, 5400RPM is even worse
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    danwat1234 , January 24, 2013 8:14 PM
    dragonsqrrl5 platters is a little disappointing, I was hoping they would manage with 4. But in any case I'm just glad WD FINALLY updated their Caviar Black line up.

    Still waiting for a Scorpio Black 750GB update to 1000GB
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    crooked windows , October 20, 2013 9:56 PM
    When it says 8.10-watts, Is that meant to say 8 to 10 watts ? If so why does the keyboard not have "-" or use to ?