SanDisk unveils the worlds first 4TB SSD

There has been an unspoken competition between manufacturers when producing Solid State Drives (SSD's). Companies to the likes of Corsair, Samsung and Kingston have battled it out for impressive write speeds and, of course, storage capacity. However SanDisk takes the crown when it comes to storage space after their latest revelation: the 4TB Solid State Drive. Although the pricing is unknown SanDisk claims "high performance at consumer cost".

Working in conjunction with their latest “Guardian Technology Platform”, the write speeds and memory density outperforms the rest of the market. The drive could very well begin replacing the standard HDD for a high spec (and slightly overkill) SSD, as the major setback for SSD uptake has been the storage capacity in comparison to traditional drives. SanDisk also plans on bringing 8TB and 16TB models to market in the future, all of which should come in the same popular 2.5" form factor.

Along with this introduction SanDisk have announced their updated Optimus product line, of which all feature compatibility with 19nm MLC NAND flash hardware - the technology that allows for the impressive performance in all their latest models. Variations include the Optimus Eco, Ascend, Ultra, and Extreme. 

There’s no denying that these high capacity drives will most likely put a dent in your wallet, but as they consume minimal power and produce very little heat, they may be very well worth the initial cost. SanDisk are also providing a free 5 year warranty or “until the drive dies” which should be expected due to the nature of the top-end SSD.

The exciting prospect of large drives could not only be used for server or corporate deployment, but could provide extensive storage for our ever growing media collections that many of us take for granted. SanDisk have been in the market for quite some time now, at one point there were even talks about Samsung buying the company around six years ago, but it is clear that they are capable of pushing the boundaries by themselves.

Source: SanDisk via BrightsideofNews | Image via ZDnet

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SSDs soon will wipe HDDs in terms of size and they already do it in performance. Size will come down in the next year at least to the levels of high end HDDs and then we will just move all data to SSD forever.

Athlonite said,
That maybe so but they'll never wipe the per GB cost down to what you get when buying an HDD

HDD is made of more materials and is more complex. SSD drives are more expensive since it is new technology. Only the tech goes as mass production like HDDs they will be far cheaper.

Memory and storage get bigger and bigger by time.
Internet still slow on many part of the world. I hope it will be changed soon

Music, should be streamed.
Your documents, pictures and even videos should be stored in cloud services.
Apps are becoming small front end services hosted in the Cloud.

This kinda makes the need for these large local storage solutions kinda becoming irrelevant.

Mr. Dee said,
Music, should be streamed.
Your documents, pictures and even videos should be stored in cloud services.
Apps are becoming small front end services hosted in the Cloud.

This kinda makes the need for these large local storage solutions kinda becoming irrelevant.

what do you mean "should"....?

I mean most devices come with plenty storage space, and external storage is so cheap, why should I not have it right there beside me if not on the device?

Maybe if I needed access to everything I have on multiple devices all the time, but I don't.

Mr. Dee said,
Music, should be streamed.
Your documents, pictures and even videos should be stored in cloud services.
Apps are becoming small front end services hosted in the Cloud.

This kinda makes the need for these large local storage solutions kinda becoming irrelevant.

You are joking right?
- I am never gonna stream music since it is low quality and i have to rely on cashing...
- Never gonna put my documents on one of those NSA drives that will use my data to spy on me, show me ads or just plain profit from me.
- Apps hosted in the cloud? hahahaha!

I'd be interested to know what the data fail protection is. I'm still new to the SSD recovery methods, but with my knowledge I feel that data loss on a platter based drive is more capable than a SSD?

I for one would hate to loose 16tb (4tb) on a single drive with no protection. At those data sizes data protection starts to get extremely expensive.

Damn. Would love to get one of these suckers and replace my current RAID array for gaming (Currently have 2 x Seagate 7200.12 500GB in RAID0)

Consumer cost= a few thousand dollars, that many consumers will be willing to pay for.

Don't do what Sony does and make really good devices that cost too much, so that there's no conceivable point of entry for any consumer.

Lenny Bruce said,
Consumer cost= a few thousand dollars, that many consumers will be willing to pay for.

Don't do what Sony does and make really good devices that cost too much, so that there's no conceivable point of entry for any consumer.


:/ A Samsung 1TB drive is like $400, so I would suspect this to be about $1250. Far from a few thousand dollars.

Last week I went to go drop off some old computer junk at my competitor's store front. He has free recycling. I asked him "Have you ever used an ssd" ..

he said no i've never used one

He said I see it like this "If you max out your graphics at 5.8 ....your index score is still only going to be 5.8."

WTF..

LOL he really doesn't know what an SSD is.

I will also bet you $10 the closest he's ever got to Windows 8 is internet screenshots.

Edited by warwagon, May 3 2014, 3:59pm :

with competitors like that i think you are pretty safe warwagon
i feel bad for his customer. For the last year or so i have been pushing SSDs pretty dam hard for people that i notice are not using that much hard drive space.

whats the point can you even use it as an boot drive or will you still need to shell out for an smaller SSD to fulfil the job of boot drive

Athlonite said,
whats the point can you even use it as an boot drive or will you still need to shell out for an smaller SSD to fulfil the job of boot drive

Sure you can use it as a boot drive, it`s just like any other SSD, only bigger capacity...

Athlonite said,
I thought widows has a 2TB drive limit for the boot drive

Not if you're running a modern version of Windows (7 or later using UEFI boot and GPT formatted disk)

eilegz said,
i would be happy for a 1TB ssd at a decent price.... its still overpriced

yeah, I would love one too. then it will replace my hybrid drive. for now i still to hybrids

my largest SSD is 256, after that the cost is prohibitive!

panacea said,

yeah, I would love one too. then it will replace my hybrid drive. for now i still to hybrids

my largest SSD is 256, after that the cost is prohibitive!

My main OS SSD is a 128gb Crucial M4 from 2 years ago, and it's still serving me perfectly. I install my main apps on it and the rest, as well as the paging file and etc, on my mechanical drive.

panacea said,

yeah, I would love one too. then it will replace my hybrid drive. for now i still to hybrids

my largest SSD is 256, after that the cost is prohibitive!

Check again? You can get 256 gig ssds for $190 already. They are going down in price tremendously. Even the pro series of Samsung I got for $300 for 256 gig which are nice

sinetheo said,

Check again? You can get 256 gig ssds for $190 already. They are going down in price tremendously. Even the pro series of Samsung I got for $300 for 256 gig which are nice


Yes I have 2 drives, 126GB and 256GB. Both drives are full! and both are used for something were i need speed. I keep the media on external drive.

Let me put it this way, SSD should be replacing every electronic device that used to be HDD at same capacity for the same price by now even the console but it isn't happening anytime soon due to the absurd cost. I will think not long from now a real 4k movie should be around 700GB file size and true next generation operating system might be approximately 3TB size. As a result, computer or mobile device have to be like shipped with SSD 500TB storage to accommodate all the file. This is how the future is going to be look like when i'm gone.

Master of Earth said,
Let me put it this way, SSD should be replacing every electronic device that used to be HDD at same capacity for the same price by now even the console but it isn't happening anytime soon due to the absurd cost. I will think not long from now a real 4k movie should be around 700GB file size and true next generation operating system might be approximately 3TB size. As a result, computer or mobile device have to be like shipped with SSD 500TB storage to accommodate all the file. This is how the future is going to be look like when i'm gone.

For some reason, i think in the future it would be better to have larger storage space, but with better compression technology, file sizes of certain media wouldn't have to be much greater than what it is today, in your example, a 700GB files would kill internet bandwidth, lol, i wouldn't even be able to d/l 20% of that file within the month before i went over my cap. So yah, hopefully they will be able to use some tricks to keep the quality up, while providing advanced compression tricks to keep file sizes to a minimum.

Yep, Most large files size been through the compression phase in order to keep file size feasible for the storage and website such as Youtube. But at least reduce the cost of SSD down to the same capacity as HDD which's what most people would have quickly adopt it and buy more.

I'm curious how fast is your internet speed ?

Master of Earth said,
Let me put it this way, SSD should be replacing every electronic device that used to be HDD at same capacity for the same price by now even the console but it isn't happening anytime soon due to the absurd cost. I will think not long from now a real 4k movie should be around 700GB file size and true next generation operating system might be approximately 3TB size. As a result, computer or mobile device have to be like shipped with SSD 500TB storage to accommodate all the file. This is how the future is going to be look like when i'm gone.

This assumes that ISPs will increase bandwidth and keep unlimited quotas now that Net Neutrality is dead and the telecoms won bribing our government.

10 gig caps and lower speeds and bundling with $150 a month will be the norm in 2020 sadly. Downloading movies won't be possible

sinetheo said,

This assumes that ISPs will increase bandwidth and keep unlimited quotas now that Net Neutrality is dead and the telecoms won bribing our government.

10 gig caps and lower speeds and bundling with $150 a month will be the norm in 2020 sadly. Downloading movies won't be possible

Now people might regret choosing over OBAMA as the president of U.S and remembering that he said it's important to preserve the openness of internet and many positive things about it. Fast forward to 2014 every statement come from him is pretty much contradict from the day one speech.

So how do we fix it from onward in order to have a better internet as a whole? The new proposal of FCC should be considering a compelling and affordable bundle with the cheapest starting at $9.99/monthly 250GB caps 5MB ( If user did not exceed the monthly cap then it need to pay the exact price) However, if they choose to go beyond the data cap without any limitations it just need to pay extra $9.99. The second package is price at $12.99/150GB 7MB Caps and must not exceed caps and speed will be reduce if it they overuse.

Like Romney wouldn't have caved in and hired a lobbiest to oversea the hen house? He is pro corporate so why would he care?

RIght now $200 a month for a TV bundle will be tied to your internet. DO not want it then you have no internet. That is starting to happen where I live where I must sign up for HBO if I want better internet etc.

mrp04 said,
Haha you really think a different president would've done #### for net neutrality?

The president can do more than that and it's whether or not he can make it right for the people. Obama speech is always louder than action period

Master of Earth said,

The president can do more than that and it's whether or not he can make it right for the people. Obama speech is always louder than action period

Right but you're saying people should regret choosing Obama because of this. Do you really think either of the guys Obama ran against would've been better for net neutrality?

The SanDisk Optimus is set to feature an 8TB and 16TB model in the near future, but indeed, large HDD's can be purchased, and you can of course use a couple of 8TB ones to buildup space..God knows what kind of personal files are on a 16TB HDD - thats more server end :)

LogicalApex said,
HDDs are at 6TB right now...

"SanDisk also plans on bringing 8TB and 16TB models to market in the future"

MurrayB said,

"SanDisk also plans on bringing 8TB and 16TB models to market in the future"

Until those are released we can't be sure SSDs will surpass HDD capacities. A lot of products are planned, but don't pan out.

LogicalApex said,
HDDs are at 6TB right now...

Just adding though, this 4TB SSD is in a 2.5" form factor. Today's 6TB HDDs are 3.5".

Afaik, there are no 4TB HDDs in a 2.5" form factor currently. I assume +warwagon is talking about capacity for the same form factor?

warwagon said,
WOW, now SSD's are going to pass hard drive sizes. Size wise, but not cost wise.

Hey Warwaggon newegg had some specials like a 256 ssd for like $200! They are coming down tremendously. You can get a 1TB ssd for the same price a 256 gig one cost in 2012.

I swear by mine.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

And? They will be nowhere near the price of an regular HDD.


Just like regular HDD performance. :p

I guess it's again a case of getting what you pay for.

Tobias Brown said,
The SanDisk Optimus is set to feature an 8TB and 16TB model in the near future, but indeed, large HDD's can be purchased, and you can of course use a couple of 8TB ones to buildup space..God knows what kind of personal files are on a 16TB HDD - thats more server end :)

Porn. Duh...

sinetheo said,

Hey Warwaggon newegg had some specials like a 256 ssd for like $200! They are coming down tremendously. You can get a 1TB ssd for the same price a 256 gig one cost in 2012.

I swear by mine.

I got a 240GB Crucial M500 for $88 on Amazon last week