Seagate Technology this week quietly added 4TB hard disk drives into its lineup. The new HDD will be the first desktop hard drive in the industry with 4TB capacity and 5900rpm spindle speed that will use 1TB platters. The latest drive is already shipping and can be acquired from multiple stores.
Hard disk drives with 4TB capacity are nothing new: they have been available for a little less than a couple of years already. 1TB platters for 3.5” hard drives have been around for 1.5 years. The 5900rpm spindle speed for desktop hard disk drives is also nothing new. As surprising as it might seem, the combination of all three has never been introduced by Seagate so far. Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB hard drive (ST4000DM000) comes with four 1TB platters, 5900rpm, 64MB cache and Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. The drive features OptiCache and AcuTrac technologies.
Previously, 4TB hard drives utilized five-platter design and were based on previous-generation 800MB platters. The new ST4000DM000 drive offers simplified design, lower power consumption and reduced manufacturing cost compared to five-platter designs. In addition, the new drives are faster than previous-gen 4TB hard drives from Seagate with 5400rpm spindle speed.
Although Seagate told journalists that its four-platter 4TB hard drive with 5900rpm spindle speed is an industry’s first, HGST (a division of Western Digital Corp.) has been shipping such a drive for around 1.5 years already. Moreover, HGST has been offering five-platter 4TB drive with 7200rpm spindle speed for over a year as well.
Still, the ST4000DM000 can still be considered as unique: it is the only non-7200rpm desktop hard drive in Seagate’s lineup. Back in November, 2011, the company canned all desktop hard drives with low spindle speed in order to concentrate on high-performance HDDs. As it appears, Seagate now has to return “slow” hard drives to the market in order to provide 4TB option.
The new Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB is available widely already for $190 - $210 in the U.S.