Seagate has reportedly begun shipping what it claims is the industry’s first and only 4TB hard drive to utilize 1TB-per-platter technology. These drives can be found in Seagate’s Barracuda 7200.15 series. Seagate says the four-platter design allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds. The drive has 4000 GB of unformatted space, a 7,200 RPM spindle-speed, 64 MB buffer, and SATA 6 Gb/s interface.
To put that is perspective 4TB drive is nearly 800,000 times larger than the first desktop drive it introduced way back in 1979. There’s enough storage space to tuck away 800,000 photos, 450 hours of HD video, or over 1 million songs. The OEM (drive only) drive will sell for $190 and the boxed drive (with cables) will be $212.
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