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Appeared on: Monday, December 12, 2011
Hitachi GST Ships Two New 4TB DeskStar-Based HDDs

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today officially announced two 4TB storage solutions - the Deskstar 5K4000 Internal Hard Drive Kit and the Touro Desk External Hard Drive.

The 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 32MB cache buffer. Providing 33 percent more capacity compared to current 3TB drives, the Deskstar 5K4000 drive features CoolSpin technology, expanding this class of performance-optimized, energy-efficient drives. The CoolSpin technology, along with other Hitachi power management techniques, gives the Deskstar 5K4000 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 new 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive Retail Kit is currently shipping in limited quantities to online and retail stores with a suggested retail price of $399.99.

The 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive Retail Kit comes complete with mounting screws, step-by-step instructions, and a software download that allows 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux systems to tap into the full capacity and power of the 4TB drive, as one big massive data drive, without having to install extra hardware.

The new drive also 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.

Hitachi GST will be shipping its Deskstar 5K4000 (bare drives and bulk pack) to OEMs, distributors and channel partners worldwide in Q1 2012.

Placed vertically or horizontally, or even stacked, the new Touro Desk External Drive fits into any home or office environment. Featuring a smooth black, textured body, the Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive can store hours and hours of high-definition video, thousands of movies, songs and photos, and tons of video games with room to spare. Bundled with the Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive, and offered as a standalone service for anyone to use, every user gets 3GB of cloud storage for free from HitachiBackup.com. If you need more online storage, you can upgrade to a paid account and receive 250GB of cloud storage along with Apple iPhone and iPad apps.

Housing a Deskstar 5K4000 hard drive, the new 4TB Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive provides plug and play simplicity and a USB 3.0 interface. Both Mac and PC compatible, the Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive now comes in 4TB, 3TB, 2TB and 1TB capacities.

The 4TB Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive will be available in January for $419.99 MSRP.

Specifications - Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000

Model HDS5C4040ALE630
Interface SATA 6Gb/s
Capacity (GB) 4TB
Sector size (variable, Bytes/sector) 512e
Max areal density (Gbits/sq. in.) 443
 
Performance
Data buffer (MB) 32
Media transfer rate (Mbits/sec, max) 1293
Interface transfer rate (MB/sec, max) 600
 
Reliability
Error Rate (non-recoverable, bits read) 1 in 1014
Load/Unload Cycles 600,000
Availability (hrs/day x days/wk) 24x7
 
Acoustics
Seek (Bels, typical) 2.5
 
Power
Requirement +5 VDC (+/-5%) +12 VDC (+10%/-8%)
Requirement: Start-up (W, peak, max) 1.2 (+5V) & 1.5 (+12V)
Requirement: Standby (W, avg) 4.9
Unload idle (W) 4.9
 
Physical size
Z-height (mm) 26.1
Dimensions (width x depth, mm) 101.6 x 147
Weight (g, max) 690
 
Environmental (operating)
Ambient temperature 5º to 60ºC
Relative Humidity 8% to 90%
Shock (half-sine wave) 70
Vibration 0.67 (XYZ)(G RMS 5 to 500 Hz)
 
Environmental (non-operating)
Ambient temperature -40º to 70º C
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Shock (half-sine wave) 300 (1ms)
Vibration 1.04 (XYZ)(G RMS 2 to 200 Hz)


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