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May 19, 2017

Western Digital Launches 10TB WD Red, WD Red Pro HDDs

Those looking for the absolute highest capacity HDDs for their NAS without breaking the bank will now have an option of purchasing the WD Red and the WD Red Pro in up to 10TB capacities.

In order to reach the new capacities, the new Red and Red Pro drives utilize WD’s HelioSeal technology where WD seals the drives and fills them with helium in order to cram more platters into the drive. This is a technology that has already been utilized on WD’s enterprise class drives, however, is now making its way into WD’s NAS drives for the first time. In addition to HelioSeal technology, the new drives will also include several NAS optimized features such as [...]

 
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April 5, 2017

Western Digital Releases 10TB HDD for Video Surveillance Applications

According to a recent announcement, Western Digital is bumping up the maximum capacity of its WD Purple HDD to 10TB.

The WD Purple 10TB, designed for home/business video surveillance applications, has a slew of technologies catered towards video recording. These technologies include tarnish-resistant components to improve reliability, storage platters encased in helium to reduce resistance when spinning, and AllFrame 4K technology to enhance ATA reduces video frame loss and pixelation. As a result, the WD Purple 10TB is capable of operating 24/7 and can support recording up to 64 simultaneous HD streams.

“Advanced imaging technology advancements are [...]

 
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December 7, 2016

WD Launches 12TB Ultrastar He12 PMR, 14TB SMR He12 Helium HDDs

While SSDs are quickly replacing HDDs in both the consumer and enterprise space, HDDs are still less expensive per gigabyte compared to its solid state competition and is still very cost effective for applications where high capacity is needed, but performance isn’t paramount.

At Western Digital’s Investor Day 2016, WD recently launched their new 4th Generation He12 Helium HDD which features an eight-disk design.  This is achieved through the use of their HelioSeal process technology which uses helium in the drive to allow WD to utilize thinner disks thanks to helium’s significantly lighter density.

As such, WD is able to deliver up to 12TB [...]

 
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July 19, 2016

Seagate Unveils 10TB HDDs Under Guardian Series Branding

Seagate recently unveiled a full portfolio of 10TB HDDs under their Guardian Series branding designed for the consumer market.

The Guardian Series product lines that will now offer capacities up to 10TB include the Barracuda Pro, Ironwolf and Seahawk. The Barracuda Pro is designed for desktop and client use, the Ironwolf is designed for NAS systems and the Seahawk is designed for video surveillance applications. Each of the three drives utilize Seagate’s Helium technology to reach their massive capacities. Seagate had previously launched a 10TB helium based drive for the enterprise earlier this year, but is now bringing this technology to the consumer market [...]

 
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September 11, 2014

HGST Announces World’s First 10TB HDD, Takes Capacity Crown Once Again

Several weeks ago, Seagate announced that had begun shipping the world’s first 8TB HDDs, taking the high capacity crown from HGST’s 6TB Ultrastar He6 helium filled HDDs unveiled in late 2013. Although it was a valiant effort made by Seagate, it seems like HGST had another trick up their sleeve.

Earlier this week, HGST announced the world’s first 10TB HDD, effectively taking back the capacity crown from Seagate for the time being.

In order to reach the magical 10TB capacity, HGST is employing two key technologies – HelioSeal and SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording). HelioSeal is one of HGST’s next generation HDD manufacturing [...]

 
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August 26, 2014

Seagate Samples First 8TB HDDs, Announces Availability in Q4

With the amount of data we’re consuming expanding on an exponential level, the demand for storage by both end users and big businesses has been increasing by leaps and bounds.

After being stuck at the 4TB since 2011, WD subsidiary HGST unveiled the world’s first 6TB HDD, the 6TB HGST Ultrastar He6 late last year thanks to their use of helium technology. By using helium, HGST was able to cram a staggering seven platters into a single 3.5″ HDD achieving the 6TB capacity. Of course, Seagate wasn’t going to let this go unanswered as earlier this year, they unveiled their very own 6TB HDD using no helium and just standard PMR (Perpendicular [...]

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