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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 FaaR on 11/21/2012 3:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
A 5.25" drive would draw far more power, both at idle but also during spinup. Vibration would be a bigger issue for the larger, much heavier platters making tracking at the extreme densities used today much more difficult. Seeks would be hella slow as well. Of course, a 5.25" drive would be a lot more expensive as well, and do you really NEED one? Do you seriously need more than 4TB storage of anything? If so, what the hell do you keep on your drives? :P


RE: Why?
By Samus on 11/21/2012 4:03:31 PM , Rating: 1
"640K is more memory than anyone will ever need"

-Bill Gates

but alas, I don't see WD selling many of these for $300+ when reliable Seagate 3TB drives of comparable performance are <$90

You could have 12TB across four drives for the price of one 4TB drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...


RE: Why?
By zerocks on 11/21/2012 5:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"640K is more memory than anyone will ever need" -Bill Gates

Bill has come out to say that this quote is always used out of context..

quote:
but alas, I don't see WD selling many of these for $300+ when reliable Seagate 3TB drives of comparable performance are <$90

Seagate have drives of comparable performance, but they have drives with worse reliability for a cheaper price. Not worth it in my opinion.


RE: Why?
By someguy123 on 11/22/2012 2:55:58 AM , Rating: 2
It's amazing how long that false quote keeps floating around. It's almost as old as microsoft.


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