Seagate today announced its first use of helium in a hard disk drive (HDD), making it the company’s highest capacity drive to date with 10TB of storage space.
The new Enterprise Capacity 3.5-in. HDD is being targeted for use in cloud-based data centers. The HDD contains seven platters and 14 read/write heads. It uses a hermetically sealed case and helium to create a turbulence-free interior, which decreases friction on the platters.
By using helium, Seagate was able to increase disk density by 25% over previous air-filled HDDs. The HDD also delivers higher performance and reduced power and weight, the company stated.