Western Digital Releases 4 TB WD Green Drive HDD

Western Digital has finally released the 4 TB iteration of its Green series HDD. The company's Green series is already home to 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB models. WD's plans for a 4 TB model were revealed in a roadmap from late in 2012 which said a 4 TB option would be available in the third quarter. Though the arrival of a new 4 TB drive isn't exactly exciting, it does mean we're getting closer to those 5 TB models.

The WD Green series is the company's more environmentally-friendly line of desktop drives, manufactured with lead-free, conflict-free and halogen-free materials. According to last year's leaked schedule, the 4 TB model (WD40EZRX) was to ship sometime around the second or third quarter of 2013. The 5 TB model (WD50EXRX) is slated to arrive not too long after, in the following quarter, so it looks like we'll see the 5 TB before the year's end. Both the 4 TB and 5 TB models sport a 3.5-inch form factor, 64 MB of cache, and a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface.

We haven't spotted the WD Green 4 TB in stores or online but TechPowerUp reports that it is available and is priced between $170 and $190, depending on what package you choose. Let us know if you find it!

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  • fourzeronine
    I like how Western Digital is paying for advertising on something Seagate is actually developing and making it look like they are leading technology. Seagate is the only one moving forward and Western Digital is just slapping their name on existing technology and charging an addition fee because using names like "green" because it's "hip". Not to mention a year late to the party.
  • merikafyeah
    Yeah WD is way behind. Seagate already has 1TB per platter drives on sale for ages now. Seagate's 4TB drives have only 4 platters which inherently makes them better than any 4TB drive from WD since they use less energy, have fewer points of failure and due to the higher density, faster speed and access times. And now we hear that Seagate will release SMR drives which will bring the upper capacity to 5TB in 2014.

    Supposedly they'll max out SMR at about 20TB per drive, at which point they can combine SMR with HAMR to reach even higher capacities. And once they max out that route, they can start using helium to eek out that last bit of density assuming they will not have found a better means of increasing capacity at that point in the future.

    SSDs will keep getting faster but HDDs will continue to increase in capacity at about the same rate. Their relevance will not be overshadowed in the near or foreseeable future.