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Samsung Electronics has demonstrated the world's first hard disk drive (HDD) with 4TB capacity and 1TB platters. The storage solution was shown off at CeBIT trade show last week, but it is unclear when Samsung is in position to ship it commercially.

The industry's first 4TB hard drive belongs to Spinpoint EcoGreen F6 family of hard drives and thus has 5200rpm spindle speed. The HDD marked at HN-D201RAE uses Serial ATA-600 interface and has 32MB of cache, according to web-site. While Samsung is naturally tight-lipped about the shipments date for the novelty, the company reportedly did confirm intentions to ship the 4TB hard disk drive in calendar 2011.

While no details are officially known about the Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen F6 4TB hard disk at this time, it is probably based on sixth-generation PMR platters with ~630Gb/inch2 areal density or higher. HDDs based on latest-gen PMR platters are already available; for example, single-platter Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 500GB 2.5" drive has been shipping for some time now; hence, the technology for 4TB desktop HDDs is here.

In late 2010 an analyst predicted availability of 4TB desktop hard drives based on 1TB platters this calendar year. However, some believe that certain companies will introduce 4TB drives based on five platters in order to avoid usage of newer technology.

Given the fact that only newer computers will be compatible with hard drives larger than 2.2TBs, the upgrade market of hard disk drives will likely stagnate a bit next year as fewer consumers will be interested in top-of-the-range HDDs. As a result, it is unlikely that manufacturers will attempt to deliver high capacity points at any cost.

Tags: Samsung, HDD, Spinpoint, EcoGreen


Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 03/08/11 12:39:49 PM
Latest comment: 08/11/11 12:45:10 PM


1TB platters mean that soon, a 1TB HDD drive will be entry-level. Who would have thunk?

And of course, every new product out there has to be green or eco or ecogreen or greeneco.
0 1 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/08/11 12:39:49 PM]

Finally! This should push down the pricing on 1.5 and 2TB drives...

And of course, every new product out there has to be green or eco or ecogreen or greeneco.

This isnt a marketing gimmick. Its simply the name of their line of slowspin low wattage drives.
0 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 03/08/11 01:35:46 PM]

Good news! Go for it, Samsung!

Anton, what did you mean saying that "Given the fact that only newer computers will be compatible with hard drives larger than 2.2TBs"?
Both Windows and Unix-like platform have had support for large partitions for years. It's called a GPT, GUID Partition Table.
Please read to these two blog posts

Sure thing, there still are some gotchas regarding the 32-bit limit. You can't boot from a GPT partition if you're using a 32-bit OS, you do not have a UEFI BIOS or you're running Windows XP x64 Edition (UEFI BIOS is NOT a MUST at ALL; hey we used to use 16-bit BIOS with 1 Mbyte of directly addressable space for years; it's the MBR who is a culprit of the 2.2Gbyte limit buzz).

But stop! How many of us are still using Windows XP? Oh, yeah, this post has been made on a 32-bit WinXP what's rather uncommon nowadays.

Finally, all of you ladies and gentlemen curious about buying a 4TB drive. If you are using a modern operating system (like Windows 7 (any flavour would be okay here) and Windows Vista), you are free to use a 2+TB drive provided that you format it as a GPT partition. Latter is just a no-brainer, just fire up your drive management snap-in.

Please read this article as well

Oh, no I am not affiliated with SAMSUNG in any way (that's said I'd be proud to work in their R&D).
0 1 [Posted by: Exotic Hadron  | Date: 03/12/11 10:34:31 AM]

Hmmm ... nice posting Exotic Hadron except you are somewhat completely wrong!

You might be correct in that Windows and Unix support *PARTITIONS* greater than 2.2Tb but the underlying hardware generally doesn't.

There are actually very few hard disc controllers that are currently in use on production consumer motherbords (I haven't found any yet) that support 3Tb drives correctly - they either report a 3Tb drive as 2.2Tb or, if you're even more "unlucky", as 512Gb (the bit that remains after the 2.2Tb rollover).

I know this for a fact because I'm currently trying to find an SAS/SATA controller for my media server that will handle drives >2.2Tb *AND* handle more than 2 drives (I have 24 bays in the media server and want to have capacity to expand that externally too. There are a couple of controllers that have been built by the manufacturers of 3Tb drives themselves and that are supplied with their 3Tb drives but almost nothing else - that's why 3Tb drives are still relatively expensive (compared to 2Tb which are about £54 if you shop around) as they aren't "mass market" yet..
0 1 [Posted by: Bassfiend  | Date: 08/06/11 12:17:10 AM]

Anyone who has taken an intro to PC hardware class could have predicted the terabyte drives to be standard, and someday obsolete.

Who would want to boot off a terabyte drive now a days anyway?

I'm running a 6TB array 3tbx3tb striped RAID on a socket 775 ddr2 mobo, using a Highpoint Rocket Raid controller, works perfect. And, I'm using a Nexstar MX HD external enclosure w/3tbx3tb striped RAID as the back up
0 0 [Posted by: JMA  | Date: 08/11/11 12:45:10 PM]


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