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The first HELIUM-FILLED hard drive
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The first HELIUM-FILLED hard drive
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WD subsidiary HGST is launching its first helium-filled drive today, the 6TB Ultrastar He6, the highest capacity 3.5-inch drive available, in a push into new high-capacity bulk storage drive territory.

Instead of the platters spinning inside an air-filled enclosure they rotate inside one filled with helium gas, 14 per cent of the density of air. This has a much lower level of friction than air and so the drives need less power to push their platters around and there is less turbulence inside the enclosure, HGST says.

This means up to seven platters can be put inside the 3.5-inch drive enclosure instead of the usual five.

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6TB helium-filled hard drives take flight, bump capacity 50%


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