First helium-crammed 6TB arduous drive launched, simply not for you

First helium-filled 6TB hard drive launched, just not for you

At first look, an enterprise-class onerous drive with unparalleled areal density feels like a reasonably uninteresting affair, proper? Whereas the brand new Ultrastar He6 drive from Western Digital’s HGST subsidiary does match that nap-inducing description, it is also acquired a few unique honors to boast about. You see, not solely is that this the primary sealed, helium-crammed HDD, but in addition the most important in a regular three.5-inch footprint, packing 6TB over seven stacks. We discovered through the drive’s improvement that helium’s decrease density in contrast with air permits for this storage bump, in addition to making it lighter and extra power environment friendly. It is destined for knowledge facilities and the like, with outfits like HP, Netflix, Huawei and CERN already registering their curiosity. You’d assume these HDDs are fairly expensive presently, however let’s hope HGST can dial its prices down and do the noble factor of bringing it to shopper rigs sooner or later.

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