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Hitachi Confirms 4TB 3.5-inch HDD, Shipping Now

Hitachi has officially confirmed two new models of 4TB hard drives in the form of the the Deskstar 5K4000 Internal Hard Drive Kit and the Touro Desk External Hard Drive.

The 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 32MB cache buffer and Hitachi's CoolSpin power-management technology. Combined with Hitachi's other power-management tools, CoolSpin offers up to a 28-percent idle power savings over the company's Deskstar 7K3000 7200 RPM drives and an idle acoustic level of 2.5 bels. The 5K4000 also uses Hitachi's Advanced Format technology, which increases the sector size on the hard disk drive from 512 bytes to 4096 bytes for increased capacities and improved error correction capabilities.

The new 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive Retail Kit is currently shipping in limited quantities to online and retail stores with a suggested retail price of $399.99. Hitachi will be shipping the Deskstar 5K4000 (bare drives and bulk pack) to OEMs, distributors and channel partners worldwide in Q1 2012.

The external solution, the Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive is a USB 3.0 storage solution with a Deskstar 5K4000 HDD under the hood and is both Mac and PC compatible. It comes bundled with 3GB of cloud storage for free from and will be available in January for approximately $420.

  • ojas
    $400? So $100 per terabyte...
  • redgarl
    You can get a 2T for 69$.

    Not a good deal, but impressive... I can wait to see where we can go.

    Eventually, we will need a new form of storage to take over at one time. But I got absolutely no clue what it could be...
  • joytech22
    Well... With current hd prices $400 isn't bad. Especially for 4tb.
    Well $400 wouldn't be bad here anyway.
  • Pyree
    joytech22Well... With current hd prices $400 isn't bad. Especially for 4tb.Well $400 wouldn't be bad here anyway.Agree. $400 is ok for the current market, with the Thailand flood and shortage of HDD. Especially the largest capacity HDD on the market usually cost more per GB.
  • bavman
    I remember the good old days when you could get a 2TB harddrive for $60-70. Its nice that the HDD industry is still moving...but seriously whose gonna dish out that much money for a 4TB drive.
    redgarlYou can get a 2T for 69$Yeah maybe BEFORE the Thailand flood. I saw 5400 RPM 2TB drives at that price.

    I can't wait until 3TB and 4TB hard drives come with new computers with the OS installed on them. Either that, or companies where you can build your own computer allow you to use a larger hard drive as your main hard drive. Currently, 3TB hard drives can only be chosen for data storage, not you main drive (going from Actually, I just checked, they weren't offering 3TB drives (let alone 4TB drive) on the configurator.
  • kd0frg
    wowzer! 4 tb! sweet
  • steelbox
    Once the prices fall down to the previous level, i may consider replacing my 2 1TB drives for this one.
  • lamorpa
    redgarlEventually, we will need a new form of storage to take over at one time. But I got absolutely no clue what it could be...I'm also going to add some words without doing any thinking whatsoever.
  • lamorpa
    Can anyone tell me how they could possibly fill a 4TB drive (or 1TB for that matter) if they are not illegally downloading copyrighted material. I just don't think there is that much free content out there (and if it is free, why store it, just stream it the next time you need it)