HGST is a sub company from the ever popular Western Digital HDD manufacturer, and today they cheekily told us they are sampling 10TB HDD’s . If you read the press release over on their website here, you’ll notice a really awesome little paragraph.
“HGST will continue to extend its capacity leadership by combining two complementary technologies: HelioSeal technology and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) in its industry-leading 10TB helium-drives. The additive nature of these two technologies, combined with the economies of scale provided by increased Helium-drive manufacturing capacity, will further enhance HGST’s TCO advantage. HGST expects that by 2017, 50 percent of its enterprise capacity drive shipments will be Helium.”
Further down the page there is a paragraph, however the interesting bit is “HGST’s 10TB Helium HDDs with SMR are sampling with select customers. For more information, please visit:http://www.hgst.com. ”
But what’s so cool about these drives? Well, they are actually filled with helium to allow for the disks to spin better. But the news of 10Tb.. well, that’s going to make all home NAS users (who need to backup.. all their photos) very happy. The interesting thing with technology? It always get’s smaller and smaller, in the case of a 3.5″ hard drive. It’s remained the same size but during my lifespan I’ve seen 2tb become the new 60gb IDE drive. So it’s really interesting to see what these companies will do when they run out of gases to stuff into the casing of their HDD’s.