Seagate Launches 4TB, Four-Platter Hard Drive For $200

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2013 - 06:26 AM |
Tagged: Seagate, 1TB Platter, 4TB, Hard Drive, storage

Seagate recently took the wraps off of a new 4TB hard drive. The new drive uses the company's 1TB platters, and the ST4000DM000 uses four 1TB platters. Other characteristics include a 7,200 RPM spindle speed, 64MB cache, and support for the SATA III 6 Gbps interface.

According to the company, the 4TB drive boasts an average read/write data rate of 146MB/s (which is good for a mechanical hard drive), max sustained transfer speed of 180MB/s, and sub-8.5ms and 9.5ms average seek times for read and write operations respectively.

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The drive is compatible with Seagate's DiskWizard technology, allowing the full 4TB to be used on legacy operating systems. At 4TB, this drive is perfect for digital pack rats and media enthusiasts.
The 4TB Seagate drive can be found for around $190 USD online for the bare-bones drive, or approximately $205 for retail packaging. You can find more information on the 4TB mechanical hard drive on this Seagate data sheet (PDF) or the drive's product page.

I have to admit that I'm tempted by this, despite not having filled my 2TB drive yet.

Source: Seagate
April 3, 2013 | 07:51 AM - Posted by Spittens (not verified)

wow 146MB/s Thats pretty solid. Combine this with an SRT cache and you have a very solid large storage system.

April 3, 2013 | 11:40 AM - Posted by Markus (not verified)

how hard is it to another platter so we got a 5tb drive

April 3, 2013 | 04:29 PM - Posted by sh4un

I was under the impression this drive was 5900 rpm, not 7200 rpm.
Can anyone confirm this either way?

April 3, 2013 | 10:30 PM - Posted by ARC (not verified)

There are two versions, one is 5900RPM one is 7200RPM. I grabbed two 5900RPM 4TBs for less than $150/ea on newegg just a few days ago and they are rather nice upright drives.

April 4, 2013 | 02:34 AM - Posted by Wolvenmoon (not verified)

How many years do we get on warranty?

April 5, 2013 | 12:12 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

According to the Newegg product page (wasn't able to find it on the Seagate site), it's 2 years for parts and labor.

April 28, 2014 | 08:35 AM - Posted by weasley (not verified)

Man.. This is awesome and o'm so thrilled. 4TB at just $200? This is going to be a revolution. derma microneedle roller reviewsgamers will be so happy to hear this news. Thanks you seagate... and thanks to you for sharing the news.

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