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Hitachi Launches 4TB Hard Drive

Hitachi GST, which was acquired by Western Digital earlier this year, has announced the availability of an external 4TB hard disk drive which, unlike the Seagate Goflex model unveiled earlier this week, is aimed squarely at professionals.

Launched at the IBC 2011 event in Amsterdam, the G-Drive has four 1TB platters with a 625Gb per square inch density and spinning at 7200rpm.

The drive will be available in October with an eSATA, Firewire 800 and USB 2.0 port but very strangely, no USB 3.0 as it stands; a Thunderbolt based version will also go on sale in Q4 2011 together with pricing details.

At the same time, Hitachi has unveiled a new G-RAID solution which contains two of these 4TB drive in a RAID-0 configuration with a Thunderbolt interface only, making it ideal for Mac enthusiasts (but leaving others on the PC platform in the dark for the foreseeable future).

No details about performance or benchmark figures have been published yet but the G-RAID drive - whose aluminium enclosure acts as a heatsink - is able to handle "multi-stream compressed HD workflows including REDCODE, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422" according to Hitachi.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.