Hitachi introduces the new Deskstar 5K4000 internal hard drive and Touro Desk external hard drive, which are the industry’s highest capacity 4TB storage solutions. The former is a 3.5-inch 4TB hard drive with CoolSpin technology, while the latter is an external hard drive housing a 4TB Deskstar 5K4000.
The 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 features a 32MB cache buffer and uses SATA 6Gbps for enhanced power efficiency and performance. With CoolSpin technology and Hitachi’s other power management technologies, the 4TB drive has up to a 28 percent idle power savings over Deskstar 7K3000 7,200 RPM drives and an idle acoustic level of only 2.5 bels. The 5k4000 uses Advanced Format which increases the sector size on HDD from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes, thereby increasing capacities and improving error correcting capabilities. The 4TB drive comes as a $399.99 Retail Kit that includes the Hitachi GPT Disk Manager to overcome the 2.2TB limitation of Windows systems.
The Hitachi Touro Desk 4TB is basically a 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 with a USB 3.0 enclsoure providing plug and play simplicity. Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces, the Touro works on PC and Mac. Other than 4TB model, there are also 1TB, 2TB and 3TB version and the 4TB model is priced at $419.99.