Seagate ships worlds first 4TB hard drive using 1TB platters

Seagate has brought out what they claim to be the industry's first 4TB hard drive utilizing four 1TB platters; and according to a representative of Seagate "the four-platter design is a winning one that allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds."

Seagate told MaximumPC its 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 store 800,000 photos, 450 hours of HD video, or over 1 million songs, "all at the lowest cost per gigabyte in the industry," Seagate says.

At 146MB/s the drive also boasts the highest average data rate of any desktop HDD currently on the market. It's not power hungry either, it consumes 35 percent less power than the competition, Seagate claims. Other features include 64MB of cache and a 7200 RPM spindle speed.

You can find the drive online in retail for as low or lower than $210 shipped, or for around $190 for the bare drive (OEM).

Source: MaximumPC | Image & Specs: Seagate

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My 3TB Seagate's on life support and I'm moving all files to a back up it must have had a stroke when it read this article lol.

I got a 2 TB Barracuda drive from Seagate a few years ago, it died last year. Bad sectors started popping up, in the 100s at a time.

Meanwhile, WD 2 TB that was 6 months older, and a 6-8 year old WD 250 GB is still kicking.

I'll never buy another Seagate drive...

Seems a little slow for that platter size, expected at least 160mb/sec or more maybe. My old Samsung Spinpoint 1TB drives are 500GB platters AFAIK and do 147MB/sec in ATTO currently.

- jigz - said,
Warranty Terms - Parts: 2 years limited
Warranty Terms - Labor: 2 years limited

For those asked about Warranty...


For EU residents harddrives have a 3 year warranty no matter what manufactures claim.

So how many platters do normal drives have? How big are the normal platters? what's a platter?

With no context or prior knowledge, this doesn't seem to be interesting.

Yeah, yeah... that would apply to most news items, but an extra line of info would resolve this.

lunamonkey said,
So how many platters do normal drives have? How big are the normal platters? what's a platter?

With no context or prior knowledge, this doesn't seem to be interesting.

Yeah, yeah... that would apply to most news items, but an extra line of info would resolve this.

The nice drives have 1 or 2 platters. They run the coolest, quietest, and are the most reliable (due to fewer parts that could fail).

Sadly, my experience with Seagate drives has not been very satisfactory. Most of them just die after a couple years for no reason at all.

AsherGZ said,
Sadly, my experience with Seagate drives has not been very satisfactory. Most of them just die after a couple years for no reason at all.

same here

witalit said,
And to lose a whole 4TB on one drive. Ouch.. luckily my Seagates haven't died after a good few years of use.

People keep bringing up this point. You're not gonna lose any data if you're doing your backups like you're supposed to.

Besides, the cheaper the drives, the more backup sets you can create.

That being said, I still wouldn't buy a Seagate drive.

I have 3 x 3tb Seagate drives and they have been fantastic (touches wood). Although now I've said that they will probably die on my tonight! Looking forward to the prices coming down.

Now.....do you think we'll see a 6tb or even 8tb drive!!

Fish said,
What is the capacity when it's been formatted?

The same as when it's not formatted. The actual number difference comes from how they calculate what a terabyte is vs how the operating system calculates it.

OS: 2^40 * 4 = 4,398,046,511,104 bytes
HD: 10^12 * 4 = 4,000,000,000,000 bytes

So about 91% of the size that the hard drive manufacturer calculates. That would be ~3.63 TB (or TiB that some people like to use).

Not sure how much faith to put in large storage drives. I've had several RMA's with Western Digital 2TB .. one which was no longer within warranty, one still working (keep our fingers crossed i don't loose its data too)
The next drive I get is either a second SSD @ 256GB or a 2TB Enterprise drive. Planning it next January

Its about support on this drive. Bigger the drive, newer the tech, higher the chances of failure.

How many years is the warranty?

sanke1 said,
Its about support on this drive. Bigger the drive, newer the tech, higher the chances of failure.

How many years is the warranty?


3 years in Europe (no matter what Seagate claims themselves)