Seagate has shipped what they are claiming is the industry’s first 4TB hard drive using four 1TB platters. Seagate says that “the four-platter design is a winning one that allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds.”
Sounds great to me. We can always use more storage. This 4TB drive is nearly 800,000 times larger than the first desktop drive it introduced way back in 1979, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. There’s enough storage space to store 800,000 photos, 450 hours of HD video, or over 1 million songs, “all at the lowest cost per gigabyte in the industry,”.
At 146MB/s the drive also has the highest average data rate of any desktop HDD on the market to boot. You can find the drive online for as low or lower than $210 shipped, or for around $190 for the bare drive (OEM). Not bad at all.
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