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To meet the increasing demands of desktop storage, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has launched a new 4TB hard drive, the internal 4TB Deskstar 5K4000.

The Deskstar 5K4000 is a 3.5-inch drive (5400 RPM) with a 32MB cache buffer and an idle acoustic level of 2.5 bels, thanks to CoolSpin technology. The drive comes with software that enables it to function as one large storage disk, and it also utilizes Advanced Format, which significantly increases sector sizes.

Hitachi is also launching an external version of the Deskstar 5K4000, the 4TB Touro Desk, which uses USB 3.0 interface and features 3GB of free cloud storage from

Both versions of the Deskstar 5K4000 will be available early next year and will cost $399.99 and $419.99 for the internal drive and the external version, respectively.

Hitachi GST Ships Two New 4TB DeskStar-Based Solutions

New Family Includes a New Hard Drive Retail Kit for the DIY Upgrade Market, and the Hitachi Touro™ Desk External Drive for Easy Add-on USB 3.0 Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 12, 2011– For many, the hard drive is the hub of a digital life. It’s a workhorse in your Mac® or PC. It’s a place where you edit video, store digital memories, watch home videos and movies, and save your most important files. It houses your operating system, programs and games, and can even help you protect all of your digital content. With an award-winning reputation for delivering quality and reliability, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced the industry’s highest capacity 4TB storage solutions – the Deskstar™ 5K4000 Internal Hard Drive Kit and the Touro Desk External Hard Drive – to help store and protect your growing digital life.

Hitachi 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive Retail Kit with CoolSpin™ Technology
The 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 32MB cache buffer that provides an exceptional blend of power efficiency and performance, making it an ideal solution for power-friendly desktop computers. Providing 33 percent more capacity compared to current 3TB drives, the Deskstar 5K4000 drive features innovative CoolSpin technology, expanding this class of performance-optimized, energy-efficient drives that run cooler and require less power. 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 hardware¹. Consumers planning to use a Hitachi 4TB drive should consult the Hitachi High Capacity Technology Brief.

The new drive also demonstrates Hitachi's ecological leadership with its halogen-free design and power-efficient operation. These features helped qualify the drive for the Hitachi EcoTrac™ classification, which identifies products that minimize environmental impact in the areas of product design, manufacturing, operation and disposal. It 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. Please see the Hitachi Advanced Format Technology Brief for more information.

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

4TB Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive
Placed vertically or horizontally, or even stacked, the Touro Desk External Drive perfectly fits into any home or office environment. Featuring a smooth black, textured body for solid good looks, the Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive provides easy add-on storage for all your photos, movies, music and documents. Offering colossal storage capacity, it can store hours and hours of high-definition video, thousands of movies, songs and photos, and tons of video games with room to spare². 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 Not only does help keep your digital content safe up in the cloud, your online content is available anytime, anywhere, from any smartphone or computer web browser. You can even share your online content with others by simply sending a web link. If you need more online storage, you can quickly and easily 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 fast USB 3.0 interface with all the quality and reliability you expect from Hitachi. 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.
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Hitachi makes some nice drives, I had one back in the day i think it was a 80gig never failed me. 


Excellent! hopefully this model will not get the nickname of deathstar like some of the other drives they have released in this category. Overall I have not had issues with their products but do know some folks who have had many failed hitachi drives.


With the flooding issue in Asia, buying a new Hard Drive right now is not a wise idea.

I'd rather wait until summer for storage upgrade


Just a few short months ago this would have sold for about half that price.


" $419.99 MSRP for 4TB is like a Dollar a GB, funny how, now HDD's are at at SSD price per GB, who would have predicted, lol. Still, nice to see them in this capacity, hopefully things get better sooner as I need a new Hard drive myself, 1TB or 2TB."


"$419.99 MSRP for 4TB is like a Dollar a GB..."

Um, no. 4TB ~= 4000GB. 4000GB/$419.99 ~ = 10 GB/$. That's still significantly better than SSD prices.


Holy TB Batman! 4TB is huge, it would be awesome to slap 5 of these bad boys into a Drobo if only I had the funds for a Drobo and a few 4TB drives I would be set for a while.


timaeus wrote:

"$419.99 MSRP for 4TB is like a Dollar a GB..."

Um, no. 4TB ~= 4000GB. 4000GB/$419.99 ~ = 10 GB/$. That's still significantly better than SSD prices.

"Actually, 4TB = 4,096/$419.99 =9.75,  point is , I'm trying to look better then in my first post, not working, OPT Math FAIL, thanks for the correction. LOL. That Giants game last night, boy, all that beer. Anyhow, good point, but it's still way more accessible though,  compare to an SSD with the same capacity, heck, even better than one,  1/4 the size (I'm still trying to look better [:D])


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(I'm still trying to look better Big Smile)

Any way you look, it,..........the prices of these drives is inflated beyond normal boundaries. We already know that they can produce them for a lot less money and still survive.

But they ~like~ this shot in the arm that they're getting.

They ~like~ us paying through the nose, and they will try to make it so for as long as they can.

The fact is that they'll be sure to milk HDD prices for as long as people keep buying them for the inflated amounts.

So don't buy them unless you absolutely HAVE to do so people. This is the only way to rein them in.


realneil wrote:

The fact is that they'll be sure to milk HDD prices for as long as people keep buying them for the inflated amounts.

So don't buy them unless you absolutely HAVE to do so people. This is the only way to rein them in.

That's for sure I know I won't be buying hard drives if I can avoid it. Wishing I bought 4 or 5 500GB WD black laptop drives before the price hike.

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Wow... $10 per GB, that is highly inflated. Just another sign of the troubles going on in Thailand and how products like this become expensive enthusiast products.

Still, can't wait to see how it performs.


A while back, during the summer, I got eight 400GB Seagate 7200RPM Drives from a school that was tossing old computer gear. They were in old PC's that were being tossed out. I snagged them because of the SeaSonic PSU's that were in them. (yeah, eight SeaSonic PSU's that work perfectly)

But then I decided to keep the drives too. And the Memory sticks.

Suddenly they (400GB drives) are worth something,........Go figure.

I just put four of them into a Dell workstation box in a RAID-0 configuration. Smells like a good Ubuntu Box to me.


timaeus wrote:

"$419.99 MSRP for 4TB is like a Dollar a GB..."

Um, no. 4TB ~= 4000GB. 4000GB/$419.99 ~ = 10 GB/$. That's still significantly better than SSD prices.

"Wait a minute , hold on, we are both wrong, $10 a GB x 420 is $4,200.  The correct way to calculate is $420 divided by 4096GB which equals to about .10 Cents a GB . Not convinced? ,10 Cents (.1025390625  to be exact, times 4,096 = $420) touché "

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OptimusPrimeTime wrote:

"Wait a minute , hold on, we are both wrong, $10 a GB x 420 is $4,200

Where did you get that? I mean it's not 420,000 GB (That'd be 420TB, and the drive is 4TB. It'd be 10 x 42 which equal up to $420, arounded number close to $419.99) Also he rounded up the number you know, rounding is an essential part of math.

In fact, both may be wrong exactly... From the prices of a OCZ Ability 3.

120GB/$160=0.75GB x 160 = 120GB

$160/120GB =$1.33 x 120 = $160

Doing it both ways gives you the price per gigabyte and how much exactly per gigabyte. Both methods don't exactly work out when it comes to which one is right and both don't tell you much about how much about how much it actually costs; keep in mind that the retail price includes the boxes, accessories and any packaging they might of included; therefore both methods are not correct in determining a true price of how much it costs per gigabyte.