In a recent press release, WD’s HGST announced a load of new products and initiatives. Here we will take a peak into the top three.
1) HGST is sampling a helium-filled 10TB hard drive.
2) 8TB helium-filled hard drive that will come to market a bit earlier than the 10TB unit.
3)WD now has a standard air-filled 6TB hard drive (the Ultrastar 7K6000).
Let’s take these in order:
First up is the new new 10TB hard drive uses the same HelioSeal technology that has its debut back in November 2013. HelioSeal basically means that helium is hermetically sealed inside the drive (it is unable to escape) And because of this, air and any contaminants cannot get in. A drive which operates in a helium environment provides a lot less resistance than normal air, thereby allowing more platters to be utilised (8) while still using less power. Apparently the power consumption of helium-filled drives at 23% less than their own conventional air-filled drives.