Western Digital Expands High Performance WD Black Hard Drive Line to 4TB

Paul Lilly

You can never have too much capacity, and if you feel the same way, you'll be geeked to find out that Western Digital is now shipping its high performance WD Black desktop hard drive line in capacities up to 4TB. The new 4TB model (WD4001FAEX) offers twice as much capacity as the previous top-end WD Black drive (2TB, WD2002FAEX), and is one of five available models, including two 500GB drives (one with 32MB cache and the other with 64MB) and a 1TB drive.

Like all the other WD Black drives, the 4TB model features a 7200 RPM spin speed, 64MB of cache (save for the 32MB version of the 500GB drive), and a SATA 6Gbps interface.

"Maximizing the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, multimedia and video editing, the new WD Black 4 TB hard drives offer capacity and performance—without compromise," said Matt Rutledge , vice president of WD’s client storage group. "In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease."

The 4TB model boasts the highest sustained read/write speeds (up to 154MB/s) of all the WD Black drives. It has a dual-processor design, dual actuator technology (to improve positional accuracy), NoTouch ramp load technology (recording head never touches the disk media), and various other technologies baked inside.

All that scintillating storage doesn't come cheap. WD's asking price for the 4TB model is $339

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