Helium HDD

Toshiba on Tuesday announced its new hard drives featuring 12 TB and 14 TB capacity aimed at NAS and desktop applications. The HDDs are currently sampling to Toshiba’s partners and will hit the market a bit later this year. Toshiba’a MN07-series hard drives resemble the company's MG07 enterprise-grade helium-filled HDDs introduced late last year. Both MN07 and MG07 hard drives are based on eight or nine PMR platters from Showa Denko with ~1.56 TB capacity per platter. The new hard drives feature a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a 256 MB cache buffer, and use a SATA 6 Gbps interface. Like other HDDs for NAS applications, Toshiba’s MN07 come with NAS-optimized firmware and support an RV compensation technology to guarantee predictable performance in multi-drive environments. Meanwhile, unlike...

Seagate's New 'Guardian Series' Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs to Consumers

Our recent interview with Seagate's CTO, Mark Re, gave us an idea about of the future of the hard drive market. As late as Q1 2016, Seagate had considered...

18 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2016

The Evolution of HDDs in the Near Future: Speaking with Seagate CTO, Mark Re

In the recent months, Seagate has made several significant announcements regarding the future of HDD technology and unveiled a number of important products. In particular, late last year the...

91 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2016

Seagate Begins Volume Shipments of Helium-Filled HDDs, Reveals Their Final Specs

Seagate has started volume shipments of its first helium-filled hard drives. They were announced earlier this year. The new HDDs are available to all interested parties, which means that...

65 by Anton Shilov on 4/28/2016

Western Digital Introduces Its First Helium-Filled HDDs for Consumer Applications

Helium-filled hard drives have a number of mechanical advantages compared to traditional HDDs, but they are also more expensive to manufacture. Western Digital subsidiary HGST introduced the world’s first...

34 by Anton Shilov on 3/1/2016

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

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