In an effort to compete against lower capacity SSDs, Western Digital is shooting for storage stardom with the new Black Edition 4TB.
After a year of recovering from devastating floods which crippled their production, Western Digital is once again firing on all cylinders. Recently, the RED lineup was introduced and the refreshed enterprise-focused RE series became one of the first hard drives to hit the 4TB mark. This march towards 4TB capacities is now cascading downwards into consumer oriented drives with the Black Series now receiving the extra storage space.
Capacity and price per GB may be the only way spindle based media can compete against SSDs but that doesn’t mean Western Digital’s new flagship is inexpensive. The Black 4TB WD4001FAEX’s price of $339, makes it one of the most expensive hard drives on the market but with a dual core processor, a rotational speed of 7200RPMs and 64MB of cache, it should be one of the fastest. Additional technologies dual actuators, IntelliSeek, StableTrac and NoTouch have also been added alongside a 5-year warranty.