Western Digital Ships More Than 10 Million Helium-filled HDDs

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  1. HardOCP News

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    Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation today announced that it has shipped more than 10 million helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) since the company first introduced the HelioSeal platform four years ago. First shipped in 2013, Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of capacity and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, becoming the highest density HDDs, best suited for massive scale-out workloads.

    With roots tracing back to the first hard drive manufactured 60 years ago, Western Digital continues to lead the industry by delivering innovative and reliable storage solutions that help solve challenges faced by customers in the datacenter. The HelioSeal technology complements future magnetic recording technologies, and will enable even higher density HDDs expressly designed for enterprise applications and hyperscale workloads that require capacity to capture vast amounts of operational and historical data. Helium-based drives are also well suited for applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), search and social media. Spanning three generations, the HelioSeal platform enables the highest density HDDs available today and delivers the highest HDD reliability ratings to reinforce its capabilities for use in cloud and enterprise workloads where availability and reliability are paramount concerns.
     
  2. Poseur

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    They're ignoring the helium shortage and bragging about it.
     
  3. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    do they run at a higher pitch because of the helium?
     
  4. Ducman69

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    It requires very little helium, and there's no real shortage to that extent. Just enough that its perhaps not a great idea to have millions of birthday balloons and the like filled with it all the time as we were doing.
     
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  5. NeoNemesis

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    Seriously, a single helium balloon probably has enough helium for 100+ HDs.

    At any rate, we've got a limitless supply of helium < billion KM away. Just need to go get it.
     
  6. LurkerLito

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    Yeah but after shipping costs I don't think anyone would be able to buy it ;)
     
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    Wasn't this used to prevent friction of the disks? I have some HGST disks but I don't think they are full of hot air.
     
  8. Ducman69

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    Depends if they charge by weight, the shipper may have to pay you.
     
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  9. Great Tiger

    Great Tiger [H]ard|Gawd

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    Nothing but a hype article to steer you away from SSD.
     
  10. Ducman69

    Ducman69 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Show me a cheap 8TB SSD, bruh.

    I've seen external 8TB USB3 drives going as cheap as $180 on Newegg just about a month ago.
     
  11. otherweeb

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    In our effort to move away from limited natural resources we should move to HYDROGEN. End that birthday party with a *BANG*
     
  12. Krenum

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    Oh the humanity!
     
  13. DeathFromBelow

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    Helium creates less drag and turbulence than air, allowing for both more platters and lower power consumption.
     
  14. HoffY

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    Show me a cheap 8TB HDD, bruh!

    Right back at you ;)
     
  15. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    $180 for an 8TB ain't cheap enough?
    What do you want, crack whore pricing? :p

    I've been plenty happy with the 32x (dual 16x servers) HGST He8s.
     
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    i woudln't mind them being 180$. That'd be hugely appreciated. But in my part of the Rip Cunts Off Because We Can World... they start at 490$. Last time i checked... 490 was not cheap. A thousand dollars for two HDD's and they could both be bricks in 24 or even 12 months time! ffs

    So no... take your 180 and EAD. :p