HGST has been known to break capacity barriers in the data storage industry. Now, the company is yet again setting a new milestone, with its introduction of the world’s very first enterprise-class 10TB 3.5-inch HDD.
Last year HGST made headlines when it finally launched its very first HelioSeal HDDs. HelioSeal technology is the company’s method of sealing HDDs in helium to improve performance. The 6TB helium-filled drives were the first HDDs to showcase a significant boost in storage capacity, about 40% more compared to the competition at the time.
The new 10TB HDD, based from its designation, will again feature HelioSeal tech. As with most of the latest heavy-capacity enterprise HDDs to hit the tech market this year, the new HDD also uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology. HGST claims that the efficient combination of both HelioSeal and SMR technologies provide the new HDD unprecedented storage capacity, at a performance level and distribution cost that is feasible for mass production.
The official name for the new hard drive is yet to be revealed, however HGST did announce that it will be targeted towards cold storage, WORM type and active archive type data storage systems. The further lowered power consumption and improved storage capacity of the new HDD is advertised to be especially useful for data applications that require “efficient, accessible, long term retention.”
On the other side of the announcement, HGST have also started production and shipping of its latest Ultrastar 7K6000 HDD. The HDD will be available in 6TB capacity, and is the very last generation model of the company’s air-filled standard hard drives. Spec-wise, this 3.5-inch HDD is at least 30% more power efficient than the previous Ultrastar 7K4000, and jam packs 1.2 TB of storage space in each of its five disks.
Samples for the new HDDs are already available, though there are no announcements about its eventual mass production just yet.