Seagate Technology, one of the oldest
hard drive companies still in business, is apparently working on
getting an internal 4TB drive for desktop PCs on store shelves by
November of this year. The company recently released a new GoFlex
external drive with that capacity a few weeks ago; it is likely that
both the drive within the GoFlex case and this upcoming internal
model will be the essentially the same, perhaps with improved
Under the hood, it looks like we will
have five 800GB platters rotating at 7200 RPM, a 64MB cache and, most
likely, a standard SATA 6Gb/s interface. You can probably bet that
Seagate will put these in its premium Barracuda XT series, meaning a
nice five year warranty and (hopefully) outstanding performance.
Of course, high performance or not,
these are probably better to be used as storage drives, particularly for
those looking to store hundreds of gigabytes worth of high-definition
video or photos. Be sure to keep regular backups, though – 4TB is
an awful lot of data to lose in the event of a drive failure (as if 3TB wasn't enough!)
Pricing is currently unknown, and
Seagate doesn't have a product page up yet. However, given that the
aforementioned GoFlex drive has a suggested price tag of $250
lower at some retailers), it is likely that the internal model
will go for a little bit cheaper.
UPDATE: Amazon now has the Seagate 4TB available here.