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HGST announce Helium-filled hard drives, would see 6TB energy-efficient HDDs

6TB HDDs will be here soon, HGST announce Helium-filled storage devices

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 15, 2012 08:12 pm CDT

The disk unit of Hitachi, HGST, have announced the development of something quite special, helium-filled hard drives. Helium-filled HDDs are set to me more energy-efficient, paving the way for higher storage capacity than normal HDDs of today.

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At the moment, HDDs are not sealed air-tight, they are affixed with dedicated channels so that the drive can balance its internal pressure with changes in external pressure. Because of this, the drives have a typical mixture of air inside them, which causes turbulence to the platters, which are usually spinning at over 7,200RPM.

HGST has a way around this, by sealing the drive off and filling the insides with helium. HGST have said that this achievement caused a 23% increase in power efficiency, as well as the ability to add two extra platters to a 3.5-inch hard drive. When helium is used, we could see HDDs pumped up to around 6TB in size.

HGST have said that the drives will reach us next year, and that they have been in development for over six years. There aren't any pricing details at the moment, but we should expect them to cost more than 3-4TB drives, obviously, factoring in the size on offer (6TB), as well as the helium costs.

I think we're going to see YouTubers pulling these apart and attempting to breath in the helium to make their voices high-pitched - who wants to place a bet?

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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