Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:08

Hitachi pushes consumer drives up to 4TB

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Need more space for that growing digital media collection? Hitachi has announced internal and external drives with 4TB capacities.

Upgrading your hard drive? Hitachi GST has announced a pair of 4TB internal drives.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000

The Deskstar 7K4000 is the performance-oriented model with 7200 RPM and a 64MB cache, while the Deskstar 5K4000 drive focuses on power efficiency and quiet operation. Downloadable software allows allows 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows, OS X and Linux to access the drive as a single volume.

Both drives feature a 6Gb/s SATA interface. The Deskstar 7K4000 costs $399.99, and the Deskstar 5K4000 drive will ship in 2Q12 for $379.99.

If you need an external drive, Hitachi has another two options. The Touro Desk USB 3.0 external drive is now available in a 4TB version for $319 (using the Deskstar 5K4000) in addition to the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB models. Yes, that is cheaper than the internal model - go figure.

Hitachi TouroAnd there's the 1TB Touro Mobile UCB 3.0 bus-powered external drive, due to ship next month at $159. It joins the existing 500GB and 750GB models.

Hitachi GST is in the proces of being acquired by Western Digital. The deal is expected to close next month.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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