HGST has just unveiled the world's first 10TB HDD, with the Western Digital-owned company developing the HDD for active archive applications, so it's not the fastest HDD on the planet by any means.
The new HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10 arrives in the 3.5-inch form factor, on the SATA 6Gbps or SAS 6Gbps standard. We have seven shingled magnetic recording (SMR) platters that are filled with helium. The company has said that the 10TB HDD has sustained read transfer speeds of around 157MB/sec, while sustained writes are much slower at 68MB/sec.
Brendan Collins, Vice President of Product Marketing of HGST said: "HGST's helium-filled drives boasts industry-leading storage density, low power consumption and proven reliability with 2.5M hours MTBF. By layering SMR on top of helium, we are enabling massively-scalable, TCO-driven storage solutions with the performance and durability necessary for the long term retention of archived data. Making SMR design investments today minimizes incremental efforts for future SMR solutions, and gives our customers a time-to-market advantage for all current and future high capacity HDDs in the market".