Hitachi has just announced its new Deskstar 5K4000 hard drives, what’s great about these new hard disk drives is the fact that they are available in capacities of up to 4TB – which roughly equates to the ability to store 1000 hours of high-definition video, 4000 hours of standard video, 1400 movies or 1,000,000 songs.
The 4TB drive should become available in January for just shy of $400, you can see the full data sheet here, things worth mentioning include the use of the SATA 6Gb/s interface, its 3.5-inch form-factor, the 32MB data buffer, the use of CoolSpin technology and great power efficiency. Whilst we are talking about energy efficiency it is worth knowing that the 5K4000 drives use 28% less power than Hitachi’s 7K3000 models.
Hitachi is also promoting the fact that these drives are very quite during operation, even during seek times you can expect no noise louder than 2.5 (decibels we presume). Before you get too excited it is worth knowing that certain operating systems – the image below makes things a little more clear, if you are still unsure check out this link.
Hitachi has also announced the Touro Desk, by the looks of things these hard drives are external versions of the Deskstar 5K4000, capacities available range from 1TB to 4TB and there will be both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 to choose from. You can see the full data sheet for the USB 2.0 models here, whilst the USB 3.0 variant’s data sheet can be seen here. Engadget tells us that the 4TB Touro Desk will cost roughly $420.
The good news about these drives hitting the market is the fact that 2TB and 3TB drive prices should drop as a result of this, however the floods in Thailand probably will nullify this.
Will you be buying a 4TB hard disk drive in 2012?