Western Digital's 4 TB WD4001FAEX Review: Back In Black

Western Digital has a new 4 TB flagship. Its WD4001FAEX is part of the companyís Black family of performance-oriented drives. Spinning at 7,200 RPM, it might seem at home in a high-end desktop, but our numbers suggest it might fare better in a server.

Western Digital recently added a new model to its Black family of performance-oriented hard drives. The new disk, technically referred to as WD4001FAEX, sports 4 TB of space. It spins at 7,200 RPM, employs a 6 Gb/s SATA interface, and includes 64 MB of cache.

Although the company won't divulge how many platters this behemoth uses to hit its capacity ceiling, our benchmark/power data suggests the magic number is five. You canít tell by simply looking at it; the drive is 26.1 mm-thick, just like many other 3 and 4 TB repositories...


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