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Western Digital on Tuesday introduced its fourth-generation enterprise-class hard drives filled with helium. The HGST Ultrastar He12 HDD can store up to 12 TB of data, whereas its version based on shingled magnetic recording technology has a capacity of 14 TB (note, both are under the He12 brand). It is noteworthy that to increase the capacity of the HDD, Western Digital had to increase both the amount of platters in the new drives as well as their areal density. New Generation The HGST Ultrastar He12 is built upon a completely new platform featuring eight platters, up from seven inside previous-gen drives that use Western Digital’s HelioSeal technology. The manufacturer does not reveal a lot about the new HDDs, but it looks like as the company has...

Seagate Unveils 10 TB Helium-Filled Hard Disk Drive for Cloud Datacenters

Seagate Technology on Wednesday introduced its first helium-filled hard disk drive. The novelty is designed for cloud datacenters that require maximum amount of storage and enhanced reliability. By filling...

40 by Anton Shilov on 1/13/2016

Seagate Introduces First 8 TB Hard Disk Drive for Consumer NAS Applications

Seagate Technology on Tuesday introduced its new breed of hard disk drives (HDDs) for network area storage (NAS) and RAID applications. The new family of NAS HDDs from Seagate...

38 by Anton Shilov on 1/12/2016

Hard Disk Drives with HAMR Technology Set to Arrive in 2018

While many client devices use solid-state storage technologies nowadays, hard disk drives (HDDs) are still used by hundreds of millions of people and across virtually all datacenters worldwide. Heat-assisted...

72 by Anton Shilov on 12/24/2015

Seagate: Hard Disk Drives Set to Stay Relevant for 20 Years

The very first hard disk drives (HDDs) were demonstrated by IBM back in 1956 and by the early 1980s they became the dominant storage technology for all types of...

86 by Anton Shilov on 12/18/2015

Western Digital Expands HGST Helium Drive Lineup with 10TB Ultrastar He10

HGST, a Western Digital subsidiary, has been shipping hard drives sealed with helium for a couple of years now. Their helium drives have so far come in two flavors...

113 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2015

WD Red Pro 6 TB Review - High Performance NAS HDD Gets a Capacity Bump

Despite the increasing affordability of SSDs, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Specialty drives have...

62 by Ganesh T S on 9/7/2015

Seagate Announces a Trio of 8TB Drives for Enterprise Applications

Seagate was the first hard drive vendor to launch a cost-effective 8TB hard drive. The Archive HDD v2 (ST8000AS0002) uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) to drive up the areal...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2015

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for...

36 by Ganesh T S on 12/23/2014

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 6 TB Review

Hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Vendors have also realized that enterprise hard drives are...

52 by Ganesh T S on 12/10/2014

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD: WD Red Pro Gets a Competitor

We have seen this story play out before. Western Digital delineates the hard drive market with a product aimed at a particular niche and Seagate comes in a few...

22 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2014

HGST Deskstar NAS 4 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, new opportunities have opened up, thanks to the rapid growth in...

37 by Ganesh T S on 11/22/2014

WD Red Pro Review: 4 TB Drives for NAS Systems Benchmarked

A couple of weeks back, Western Digital updated their NAS-specific drive lineup with 5 and 6 TB Red drives. In addition, 7200 RPM Red Pro models with 2 -...

61 by Ganesh T S on 8/8/2014

6 TB NAS Drives: WD Red, Seagate Enterprise Capacity and HGST Ultrastar He6 Face-Off

Western Digital launched the first NAS-specific 6 TB drive today. In expanding their Red portfolio, they have brought 6 TB drives suitable for 24x7 operation into the hands of...

83 by Ganesh T S on 7/21/2014

5TB 3.5” Enterprise HDD from Toshiba Announced

Despite the focus on immediate storage is on the solid-state drive, whenever a large backup is needed then the mechanical hard-disk drive is still reigning supreme, and the demand...

42 by Ian Cutress on 2/15/2014

The WD Black2 Review: World's First 2.5" Dual-Drive

If you had asked me a few years ago, I would've said that hybrid drives will be the next big thing in the storage industry. A hybrid drive made...

100 by Kristian Vättö on 1/30/2014

Western Digital Releases Black^2: 120GB SSD + 1TB HD Dual-Drive in 2.5" Form Factor

To date all the hybrid storage solutions we have seen have been rather limited. Seagate got the idea right with the Momentus XT but having only 8GB of NAND...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 11/25/2013

Hardware Tricks: How to Not Fix a Crashed Hard Drive

Earlier this year, I posted a short story and video of my attempt at – and success – repairing a Gateway notebook that was suffering a Code 43 GPU...

64 by Jarred Walton on 9/13/2013

Seagate to Ship 5TB HDD in 2014 using Shingled Magnetic Recording

It's not just planar NAND that's running into physical limits lately. According to Seagate, its latest 1TB platter 3.5" drives have shrunk read/write heads as small as they can...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

Seagate's Ultra Mobile HDD: Putting HDDs in Android Tablets

In a move I honestly never thought would happen, Seagate is announcing today plans to brings its 5mm 2.5" Laptop Ultrathin HDD to Android tablets. The drive will come...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off

The SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market is expected to experience good growth over the next few years. With declining PC sales and increase in affordability of SSDs...

54 by Ganesh T S on 9/4/2013

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