WD expands its highest-performing desktop hard drives to 4TB capacity

New WD Black Hard Drives Offer Uncompromising Storage Performance for Enthusiasts, Gamers

November 20, 2012

New WD Black Hard Drives Offer Uncompromising Storage Performance for Enthusiasts, Gamers

WD, a leader in hard drives, has announced its highest performance, highest capacity desktop hard drive, the WD Black 4 TB, 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive. The fast performance and ultimate capacity of the WD Black drives make them perfect for gaming, high-performance desktop systems and workstations.

WD Black hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface and an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive.

“Maximising 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,” says Anamika Budree, WD Country Manager – South Africa. “In choosing WD Black hard drives, customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease.”

WD Black 4 TB hard drives feature the following:

  •  Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximise performance.
  •  Dual actuator technology – A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.
  •  IntelliSeek – Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
  •  StableTrac – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilise platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations.
  •  NoTouch ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

Price and Availability
The WD Black 4 TB (model WD4001FAEX) hard drives are available through select distributors and resellers. The WD Black 4TB will be available in South Africa in January 2013 and will retail for a recommended retail price of R4 489.00 inclusive of VAT. More information about WD Black 4 TB desktop hard drives may be found on the company’s website at http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760. WD Black drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty, see http://www.support.wdc.com for details.