For over a year now, we’ve been asking for just three things in a desktop hard drive: 7,200rpm speed, 4TB capacity, and 1TB per platter. That’s all we’ve asked for, and we don’t think we’re being unreasonable, since all we want is the maximum amount of space and performance in a disk drive.
Regardless, first we got 4TB, but at 5,400rpm in a five-platter design from Hitachi. Then we got 4TB, also in five platters, but at 7,200rpm from both Hitachi and WD. “Nice,” we thought, “progress!” So when we heard Seagate was finally wading into the 4TB waters, we figured this would be the drive we have all been waiting for—4TB, 1TB per platter, and 7,200rpm.
Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.