Western Digital releases 4TB Black series HDD

Subject: Storage | November 20, 2012 - 10:35 AM |
Tagged: WD, western digital, Black, 4TB, hdd

Today Western Digital announced their new 4TB Black Series HDD. This new drive boasts some features normally reserved for their RE (enterprise) series drives, such as dual processors and dual stage actuator tech. This 7200 RPM unit comes with the now standard 64MB cache and SATA 6Gb/sec interface. We will be reviewing a sample upon its arrival, but I suspect performance will be close to the RE series, albeit without the additional enterprise-specific features.

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The 4TB Black kicks off at an MSRP of $339. Hopefully we see some 4TB Greens and Reds out of Western Digital shortly - as those should be at a lower cost and be more suited to the typical mass-storage applications of such a high capacity drive.

Press blast after the break:

New WD Black Hard Drives Offer Uncompromising Storage Performance for Enthusiasts, Gamers
IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 20, 2012 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in hard drives, today announced its highest performance, highest capacity desktop hard drive, the WD Black™ 4 TB, 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive. Shipping immediately, the fast performance and extreme capacity of the award-winning WD Black drives make them perfect for gaming, high-performance desktop systems and workstations.
WD Black hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive.
“Maximizing the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, multimedia and video editing, the new WD Black 4 TB hard drives offer capacity and performance—without compromise,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client storage group. “In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease.”
WD Black 4 TB hard drives feature:
Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximize performance.
Dual actuator technology – A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.
IntelliSeek™ – Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
StableTrac™ – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations.
NoTouch™ ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
Price and Availability
The WD Black 4 TB GB (model WD4001FAEX) hard drives are available through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD Black 4 TB drive is $339.00 USD. More information about WD Black 4 TB desktop hard drives may be found on the company's website at http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760. WD Black drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty, see http://www.support.wdc.com for details.

November 20, 2012 | 11:12 AM - Posted by Olternaut (not verified)

Hi. I would like to use this as my new internal storage drive. I also would like to use it in conjunction with an ssd for caching. Mind you this would totally be separate from the boot drive which is 2 SSDs in raid-0. I want the boot drive for applications and OS only.
Everyone talks about SSD caching but only in respect of a boot drive. I want a solution for storage.

November 20, 2012 | 12:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You don't need an SSD drive for caching if you already have an SSD (much less 2 in RAID0) for your regular boot drive. Just use the larger HDD for mass storage purposes. However, if it's a WD Black drive you can expect some pretty damn good performance and would kind of nullify spending the extra money when it wont be in constant use.

November 20, 2012 | 12:51 PM - Posted by Olternaut (not verified)

I'm not sure if I'm understanding you correctly or if you're not understanding me or both.
But I would like an ssd for caching the WD 4TB, intended for storage use, to increase performance of same WD 4TB. Is this possible?

November 20, 2012 | 03:41 PM - Posted by razor512

From what I have seen with features such as intel SRT, you cant specify which drive to limit the caching to so if you have an SSD, it will also cache data from the main SSD.

At high platter densitity, you really good throughput (very close to that of a budget SSD with it comes to bulk storage).

November 20, 2012 | 09:26 PM - Posted by mAxius

i've got a mushkin catalyst 100gb ssd cache hooked up to a wd 1tb black everything is instant load even windows and games. your plan is solid and works

November 21, 2012 | 12:14 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

And to think just the other day I was wishing WD put out Black edition hard drive of 3tb or more to go with my SRT setup.

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