Just over a year ago Seagate introduced the world’s first 3TB hard drive. Although it shipped in an enclosure for external use, the Seagate GoFlex Desk was available with the very first 3.5” 3TB SATA hard drive. A couple of months later Seagate and Western Digital both followed up with standalone internal 3TB hard drives.
Today we’re reminded of that announcement as Seagate unveiled the world’s first 4TB hard drive. Once again the drive comes to us first in a GoFlex Desk enclosure with native USB 3.0 support. There’s an optional FireWire 800/USB 2.0 dock available using Seagate’s standard GoFlex connector. The GoFlex dock itself has four LEDs that give a rough indication of capacity.
The 4TB model retails for $249.99 and is available immediately with a 2-year warranty. In our review of last year’s 3TB version we were particularly concerned with how hot the 3TB drive was able to get inside the enclosure. Adequate ventilation is a concern for the 3.5” GoFlex Desk chassis and something we’ll have to reevaluate once we get our hands on a review sample.
The drive inside features five 800GB platters spinning at 7200RPM with a 64MB buffer. Just like before, it’s a SATA Barracuda XT inside of a GoFlex Desk chassis. If last year’s 3TB model is any indication however, we shouldn’t expect to find a performance optimized drive inside. Seagate will save that for the internal version in the months ahead.