SAN FRANCISCO: HGST HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS to end production of traditional hard drives, with all future models to be filled with helium.
At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, HGST president Mike Cordano announced that the newly unveiled HGST Ultrastar 7K6000 will be its last "in air" product. The 6TB drive is joined by the second generation of products from the Helioseal range, the He8 and He10.
The He8 is a higher capacity version of the original He6 drive, while the He10 combines Helioseal construction with shingle magnetic recording to create the largest capacity mechanical spindle drive on the market.
Dave Tang of HGST Corporate Development and Strategy explained that although the 10TB hard drive has higher capacity, the shingle magnet technique involves overlapping sectors and so is best suited for write once, read many applications.
The 8TB edition adds 33 percent capacity, but manages to do so with 23 percent less power.
In an interview with The INQUIRER, HGST president Mike Cordano said, "With the original 6TB helium drive we had very modest expectations from a revenue perspective, as we readied ourselves for prime time. We've shipped two times more than we thought we would and there continues to be considerable interest in the future proposition."
Meanwhile HGST's last air drive is available in 2TB, 4TB, 5TB and 6TB capacities, with both SAS and SATA interfaces available. All come with HGST Media Cache, which offers up to three times better random write performance than previous generations, and Instant Secure Erase is included with optional self-encryption.
The announcement came as part of a series of major announcements from the company that also included new solid-state disk (SSD) drives and optimisation software. µ
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