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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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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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