The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Nov 7 2013   2:30AM GMT

6TB Helium Filled Beast

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Western Digital subsidiary HGST’s very first helium filled drive went on sale a couple days ago, currently this the highest capacity 3.5″ drive on the market today.

With a whopping 7 platters, thanks to helium being lighter than air, 2 extra platters can spin faster, quieter, and with less friction than your standard drives.

The Ultrastar He6 drive features:

  • 6Gbit/s SAS or SATA interface
  • 50 per cent more capacity than the Ultrastat 7K4000
  • A 23 per cent reduction in power use
  • At 640g it is lighter than the 7K4000
  • It runs 4-5⁰C cooler

And don’t worry if you crack this guy open and suck up some helium, there isn’t enough to fill a balloon. And I am sure all of you out there have done the helium balloon to lips equals funny talk and giggles a few times over…

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