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Hitachi makes 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 drive official

updated 10:50 am EST, Mon December 12, 2011

Hitachi first with 4TB internal hard drive

Hitachi confirmed its 4TB drive plans. The Deskstar 5K4000 is billed as the first 4TB internal desktop drive available and provides a third more space than the previous best. To get to the new capacity, Hitachi is spinning the drive at a slower 5,400RPM but saves about 28 percent in idle power and should be tangibly quieter than a 7,200RPM disk.

It carries 32MB of buffer to streamline loading and is arriving now in "limited quantities" for $400. As before, using the extra space needs Mac OS X or newer versions of Windows, although Hitachi has software of its own to make sure the 4TB disk is usable on systems that are borderline.

The Touro Desk external drive has been given a similar capacity treatment and serves as an extra-large USB 3.0 (and 2.0) expansion. Everyone continues to get 3GB of free cloud backup with a paid option for 250GB.

Hitachi expects 4TB Touro drives to carry a slight premium for the external case, at $420, when they ship in January.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    picking the nit

    "tangibly quieter"


  1. mflender

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4TB 7200 rpm at OWC
    $350 available now with double the buffer and faster rpm.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Every Seagate I ever owned from about 6 from 1995 to 2007 went DOA in less than a year. Every Hitachi/IBM I ever owned (about 20 from 1994 to today ) still works today.

  1. gmsquires

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Exact opposite experience

    I've had the exact oposite experience on many of the Hitachi Drives, especially their older "Death Star" drives they inherited from IBM. I'v generally had no problems with Seagate or WD.

    Hard drives are inherently likely to fail within first year if they are going to fail at all. I've seen reports that haven't shown any particular increased failrure rates of one mfg over another with newr drives, since the IBM/Hitachi "Death Star" debacle.

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  1. facebook_Mel

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    Joined: Dec 2011


    Not true

    I've read in several places that this is the first internal 4Tb drive, but it isn't true. I bought Seagate's 4Tb 7,200 drive a month ago from OWC. This was an internal drive.
    And unlike the other guy here, I've had Seagate drives for years. They are noisier than my WD drives, but they work fine.

  1. mflender

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Only problems I have had with seagate is a couple years ago when they had bad firmware. I also backup my data so it isn't a big deal for me. I had a Hitachi 500GB laptop drive die on me in under 6 months a couple years ago as well. If it is one thing the Thailand floods has taught us, it's that almost all hard drive components are made by the same people in the same location.

  1. OS2Guy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My Mac Pro now sports 12 Terabytes and I'm running out of space! With these 4TB dfrives I can move up to 16TB. Excellent!!!! :-)

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