Hitachi's 4TB Hard Drive Spotted in Japan

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has put the world's first 4TB internal hard disk drive (HDD) known as the Deskstar 5K4000 on sale in Japan.

Packing 32MB of cache and the latest SATA III 6Gb/s interface, the spin speed is a little lower than some might be used to: between 5400rpm and 5900rpm.

Xbit Labs has pictures which show that the 5K4000 was made in Thailand. This is surprising considering the recent spate of delays and product shortages that have engulfed the country due to horrendous flooding.

It's being reported that the 5K4000 uses a 4KB advanced format and features CoolSpin technology that should reduce power consumption without impacting performance - something everyone likes to hear. Currently the HDD is priced at 26,800 yen that equates out to just over £200 - not bad for such a large amount of storage space.

It's being speculated that the area density of the drive is 569Gbit per square inch based on a four platter design, but The Register has comments direct from Hitachi that suggest otherwise. Caroline Sumners, Hitachi's EMEA PR and marketing manager said, "We are currently shipping a limited supply of 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Internal Drive Kits into Japan. These drives are based on our field-proven and reliable five-platter design."

Considering no other companies are yet to unveil 4TB drives, this release does give Hitachi - and potentially Western Digital, which is buying out the Japanese storage company - a distinct advantage for now.

With rising prices on HDDs though due to flooding, it'll be interesting to see how many of these new drives sell.