Seagate hard drive is one of the widely used hard drives across the world. Recently Seagate have announced that it is using helium for manufacturing the hard drive, with the 10TB storage capacity. The intension of using helium is to make it the large data storage capacity drive of the company.
This hard drive can be used only on the Cloud based data centers and 14 read/write heads along with seven platters in this hard drive. The case used in it is hermetic which is sealed and a turbulence free interior is created in by helium, by which the friction on the platters will be decreased.
By using helium in the hard drive, disk density will increased by 25% when compared to the previous air filled HDDs. According to the reports of the company, this hard drive can also deliver high performance; less weight as well as power consumption is also reduced. Also the helium can enable the less power of the industry for each terabyte of capacity ratio.
A Western Digital subsidiary called HGST has used helium in many data center-class HDDs and in December, the Ultrastar and 10TB data center HDD was announced.
In both 12Gbps SAS and 6Gbps SATA interface, there is an availability of Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD.
The Seagate Company is laser focused, because the cost of the storage system is lower and unprecedented data growth. The big advantage in using Seagate’s 10TB HDD is it will increase the density of the storage in the data centers.
Helium atoms are tiny i.e. it contains only two neutrons, two electrons and two protons. Both the WD and Seagate companies ensure that the gas that is present in the drives will not leak out.
Instead of using a wrought aluminum, a forged based helium sealed drive (without uniform density and porosity it is designed), they use “weld width and superior material for a more hermetic robust drive and which is enclosed to protect from helium leaks”.
With the help of shingled magnetic recording technology, Seagate announced its first drive which is 8TB 3.5-in. But in the standard perpendicular magnetic recording technology, data tracks will rest side by side. Whereas SMR will overlap the tracks on a platter like shingles on a roof, so that more tracks can be squeezed on a platter.