Belonging to the Deskstar 5K Family, Hitachi’s drives, which promise to deliver a smaller footprint and reduced power consumption, have gone on sale in limited numbers across Tokyo priced at ¥26800 ($345, €258.)
The 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 hard drives feature a 32MB cache buffer, SATA III interface and Advanced Format technology, which increases the sector size on HDD from 512 bytes to 4,096 (4K) bytes. The retail kit, which includes mounting screws, software and set-up instructions, is currently available online and in Japanese stores in limited quantities.
Though the drives are immediately available to purchase, Hitachi has only announced their availability officially today.
According to the press release, the 4TB drives provide “33 percent more capacity compared to current 3TB drives, the Deskstar 5K4000 drive features innovative CoolSpin technology, expanding this class of performance-optimized, energy-efficient drives that run cooler and require less power.”
The internal hard drives will be available outside of Japan in Q1 2012.
More information for anyone looking to install one of these drives can be found by visiting Hitachi.