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New 4 TB hard drive will sell for under $350

When it comes to computing there are several things that enthusiasts can never get enough of. One of those things is storage; we can always use more storage space. Western Digital has announced that it has added a new 4 TB capacity drive to its line of Black hard drives.

These drives are aimed specifically at enthusiasts and gamers and are 3.5-inch 7200 RPM units. Western Digital is shipping a new 4 TB capacity drives immediately and notes that the drives have a 64 MB cache. The drives also feature WD dual actuator technology and use the SATA 6 Gb/s interface.

 
The new 4 TB hard drives include a dual processor controller, IntelliSeek to calculate optimum seek speeds and lower the power consumption, and StableTrac.  The drives also have NoTouch ramp load technology so that the recording head never touches the disk media for significantly less wear, extending the lifetime of the drive.

The 4 TB Western Digital Black WD40001FAEX hard drive will be offered through select distributors and resellers for $339. The drive includes a five-year warranty.

Source: Western Digital



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RE: Why?
By danjw1 on 11/21/2012 11:00:52 AM , Rating: 2
I forget what they call it but they had a new(ish) technology to help compress the bits on the platter. Maybe they have already gotten all the additional capacity out of that.

I think that after the flooding in Thailand, they all got used to higher margins. So don't feel any real need to push boundaries, right now.


RE: Why?
By bug77 on 11/21/2012 11:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
If you're talking about perpendicular recording, that's been with us for about 7 years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpendicular_recordi...


RE: Why?
By danjw1 on 11/21/2012 11:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, that is what I was thinking about. But, it wasn't brought to consumer hard drives until about 5 years ago. Originally it was used in 3.5" floppies.


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