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HGST Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review

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   Most people that i know of that are professionals either in the video editing business or in graphics designing own several Terabytes of data while some of them working for some of the leading movie studios have as much as 120TBs of total storage. I am certainly not excluding ourselves since currently for backup purposes along we using exactly 28TBs and that's without including the 22TBs which we have attached on all 3 of our test rigs for daily use. Unfortunately although storage capacity needs get higher each day that goes by we still haven't seen any 5TB hard disk drive models get unveiled from all the leading manufacturers and although both HGST and Seagate have announced technologies that should allow the manufacture of mechanical drives up to 20TB in capacity (if not more since technology advances all the time) by the end of this decade that's really of little concern right now. Still sales of 4TB drives have been increasing steadily around the globe and since some of you asked today we will be taking a look at the latest Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 External HDD by HGST.

 

   HGST, a Western Digital company, is a market leader in enterprise hard disk drives and develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, and external storage solutions and services that are used by large and sophisticated technology companies to store, preserve and manage data. HGST storage solutions have a reputation for quality, reliability and innovation. Our drives are trusted by the world’s high-transactional enterprises, Internet services companies, creative professionals, and consumer electronics and automotive system manufacturers to store the avalanche of new content resulting from cloud computing and services, virtualization, social networks, HD video and mobile platforms. HGST focuses on delivering innovative, customized storage solutions that are an integral part of a customer’s broader systems, infrastructure and application platforms ensuring a storage value proposition that addresses each customer use case and pain point. This consultative approach to storage coupled with technical expertise, a comprehensive customer support infrastructure, world-class operations and a broad portfolio of solutions sets a high standard for product and service excellence. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives in 2003, HGST became a separate and wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation in March, 2012. HGST maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California and is marketed under the HGST brand name.

 

   Unlike the Touro Desk Pro 3TB which i had the chance to review a while back that came outfitted with the then Desktop flagship HDD model the 7K3000 3TB model the new version wears the latest Desktop 7K4000 4TB model which offers significant performance improvements (if you'd like to check our review of the 7K4000 4TB SATA III HDD it's located Here). However although the used HDD model is different HGST has once again used the same large housing which although fine by me (you are getting a desktop HDD and not a portable one) still some people find it bulky and i respect that. That being said the Touro Desk Pro is still a USB 3.0 drive which means it's largely affected from the kind of USB 3.0 controller you have in your system (years later and still they aren't perfect) so in a way i was hoping that HGST would release a new portable drive with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity (for the most demanding of users). Still as you will see later on the performance of the Desk Touro Pro 4TB USB 3.0 External HDD is nothing short of amazing but don't take my word for it check the rest of this review and see for yourselves.