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The Western Digital RAID Edition line of hard drives has been around for some time now, and has largely impressed us with each subsequent release. Since the launches of the RE4-GP and later, the faster spinning RE4, WD's enterprise line had been capped at the 2TB mark. Now that has changed with the introduction of a new line: simply named the RE Series:
Yup, that's right. 4 TeraBytes! With the Green and Red series capped at 3TB, this new RE is the largest capacity drive available from Western Digital. The catch is that, since it's tailored and built for enterprise use, it comes at a rather hefty price premium.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2012 - 10:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ultrastar, sata 6Gbs, hitachi, 7K4000, 4TB
There aren't any benchmarks yet to see what the new Hitachi Ultrastar 7K4000 4TB HDD but with the similarities to the 3TB model some assumptions can be made. The 7200RPM drive contains five 800GB platters and a 466Gbits/in2 areal density with a 64MB cache and a rated sequential transfer rate of up to 171MB/sec. They also managed to increase the energy efficiency of the drive somewhat, using 24% less watts per GB while offering 33% more storage. The Register reported on both this drive as well as the 4TB Thunderbolt edition which was recently released.
"Hitachi GST has laid a nice Easter egg: a 4TB enterprise disk drive and a first at this capacity level. It's HGST's second 4TB product.
This 3.5-inch drive technology first surfaced in September when Hitachi GST launched its 4TB G-Drive external Thunderbolt product. Now it has updated its Ultrastar line, jumping from the 3TB 7K3000 to this 7K4000 product."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- New Intel flash hardness performs faster for less @ The Register
- Intel outlines open source development projects @ The Register
- Intel to move to DDR4 in early 2014 @ VR-Zone
- Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3 Software Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Storage | September 8, 2011 - 08:01 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Seagate, Hard Drive, goflex, 4TB
Seagate has broken the capacity ceiling for single disk hard drives with their new GoFlex external hard drive reaching a beefy 4 TB of storage capacity. No specific details on performance have been released; however, Seagate has stated that the new four terabyte drive will be housed in their new industrial design enclosure and will carry an MSRP of $249.99.
The new enclosure is a glossy black design that the company claims delivers a smaller footprint then their previous models. The front face holds a capacity meter that shows the used capacity in 25% increments. Connectivity options on the rear of the drive include FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. Users are also able to pair the 4TB GoFlex drive with a GoFlex adapter that enables USB 3.0 transfer speeds.
Currently, the 4TB hard drive is available for purchase from Seagate’s website, and will be available for purchase from online retailers within the month. More photos of the drive are available here. Personally, I had been holding off on the terabyte craze until a drive with at least four terabytes came out; however, storage needs required me to jump on a 2TB drive a bit earlier than I expected. Are you using a TB+ hard drive, or are you holding off for a certain capacity before jumping into the terabyte era?
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