STORAGE VENDOR Seagate has released its first 4TB 3.5in standalone hard drive.
Seagate, which swaps the title of largest hard drive maker back and forth with Western Digital, has claimed to have shipped its two billionth drive. To mark that milestone the firm announced its first 4TB 3.5in standalone hard drive.
Seagate was beaten to the 4TB headline capacity by Western Digital and its subsidiary HGST, and its Desktop HDD.15 range also doesn't tell consumers what speed the drive spins its platters. Given the firm touts power efficiency improvements it would suggest that the 1TB platters spin at less than 7,200 RPM.
While Seagate's 4TB hard drive was third out of the blocks, it is the first one to have 1TB platters, which should be cost effective for the firm to manufacture.
Seagate chairman, CEO and president Steve Luczo talked up the firm's two billionth drive and said, "This is truly an impressive landmark to reach two billion drives shipped only four years after we reached our first billion. I am proud to lead this company and share in its accomplishment.
"This achievement is a reflection of everyone at our company, and with the release of our new 4TB Desktop HDD it is clear that the personal pride and dedication that it took to reach this milestone continues to be a part of our DNA."
However consumers could find Seagate's one year warranty particularly concerning, especially on a hard drive that will hold such vast amounts of data. So while Seagate might have launched a 4TB hard drive, consumers might have to buy two of them for peace of mind. µ