Hitachi Deskstar 5k4000 4TB Hard Drive Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Tweak Town has just posted a review of the massive Hitachi Deskstar 5k4000 SATA 6Gb/s hard drives, which is one of the few 4TB internal 3.5" consumer hard drive available.
Lets see what they had to say:
There aren't too many products on the market in the 4TB capacity size. We suspect the mass flooding in Thailand has something to do with this. As far as we can tell only Hitachi and Seagate have 4TB models. Western Digital is still 4TB-less and as for the rest of the HDD markers, they've all been bought or acquired by either Western Digital or Seagate. With that in mind I guess saying that WD is without a 4TB drive because they technically own Hitachi GST now.
That leads us to what really counts and the reason this conclusion is going to be so short. Since we found the 7K4000 model with 7,200 RPM platters selling for much less than the 5K4000 with 5,900 RPM platters, we have to recommend you buy the faster drive.
The door should be left open for the 5,900 RPM 5K4000 if you are willing to pay more for a cooler and potentially quieter drive. The 5K4000 is going to be slower across the board though so just save a few dollars and buy the faster drive.
The flooding in Thailand has really flipped the HDD market upside down in some cases and this is one of them. Hopefully things get back to normal soon and we can all enjoy ultra-low cost, high capacity size mechanical drives again.
While the Deskstar 5k400 is indeed massive, it costs more than the much more capable 7K4000 model. Therefore, unless you desperately need a lower noise, cooler running drive you may want to wait awhile for prices to come down to more reasonable levels.
Click here to read the full review.
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