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Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 4 TB preview: Lots of storage and USB 3.0

Large external hard disks have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Nowadays it's not problem to create back-ups of you entire internal storage. Transferring that much data takes time, so having a fast connection is helpful. Hitachi seems to be of the same opinion, and has included a USB 3.0 port on its Touro Desk Pro 4TB. Hardware.Info took a closer look.

In an era where digital devices are becoming smaller and more compact, the Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 4TB stands out. It measures 12.9 x 6 x 18.3cm, and weighs around 1kg. There is also a lighter version with a capacity of 1TB. All models have a speed of 7200 RPM.

The design has been kept simple with a ribber, grey casing and glossy, black sides. The hard drive is made in such a manner that it's easy to stack several of them on top of each other. The materials seem to be the same as those of the smaller Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750GB.

The Touro Desk Pro comes with a USB 3.0 cable, power cord and an adapter. You also get another handy extra, in the form of a Kensington Security Slot that you can attach to a spot on the back. It's definitely a welcome feature when you're dealing with 4TB of data.

The hard drive is plug-and-play - all you have to do is to connect it. The packaging mentions Touro Cloud Backup, which according to the manual should be included. In our box that particular CD-ROM seems to have been left out.

We tested the Touro Desk Pro on an Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3. This Ultrabook has an Intel motherboard with HM77 chipset and an mSATA SSD. Despite the modern hardware, the Acer Aspire is not able to send data faster than 26MB per second. When we tried the external hard disk on two other Intel systems with the same chipset, it went a lot faster. You can read the rest of Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 4 TB preview on