HGST’s Helium-Filled Ultrastar He10 10TB HDD Now Shipping

The world’s first 10TB perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard disk drive is now officially shipping and it is naturally HGST’s helium-filled Ultrastar He10. This is the third generation helium drives out of the Western Digital Corporation and it offers an impressive 25% increase in capacity over the previous generation.

Customers can enjoy an overall decreased total costs of ownership thanks to the increase in capacity. The new 10TB HGST Ultrastar He10 uses 56% fewer watts per TB capacity compared to traditional air-filled HDDs. WDC expects its 10TB drives to be a key enabler of video, photo, business and other cloud-based applications, and that it will be a cornerstone for public and private cloud deployments.

The Ultrastar He10 isn’t just the first 10TB PMR drive to hit the market, it also comes with the highest reliability rating and features an impressive 2.5 million hours before meantime failure rating. The drives are also backed by 5-year limited warranty.

There are both 6Gbps and 12Gbps SATA and SAS versions as well as Instant Secure Erase (ISE) and Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) options. The drive further features a 256MB data buffer and a 7200 RPM rotation speed. The average access latency is 4.16ms and the 10TB Ultrastar He10 is rated for a sustained transfer rate of 249MB/s with seek times of 8ms. With a power consumption of just 6.8W during operating and 5W when idle, you get an effective power consumption of just 0.50W per TB storage. Impressive.

Thecus Now Offically Supports HGST Ultrastar He8 Helium HDDs

Thecus is the latest of companies to support the amazing HGST Ultrastar He8 Helium filled hard disk drives. By incorporating these new drives with Thecus NAS, users will be able to increase storage capacity while maintaining a quieter, more energy-efficient environment.

The HGST HelioSeal drives have less internal resistance due to the helium filling which results in the lower energy usage and noise level. The 8TB drives are already available and the 10TB drives are just around the corner, what a great time to NAS’.

“Providing it’s users with the latest cutting-edge technology is at the core of Thecus’ mission,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology. “By integrating HGST’s 8TB hard drives with Thecus NAS, users will be able to expand their storage capacity to the highest levels. The helium-based drives provide increased performance, energy efficiency, and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).”

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QNAP Now Officially Supports HGST’s 8TB Ultrastar HE8 HDDs

Just because a hard disk exists doesn’t mean it is ideal to be used in every system, or there might just be a few tweaks that need to be made in order to ensure that the drives capabilities are fully utilised among other things.

QNAP just announced that their powerful enterprise-class Turbo vNAS TVS-x80+ series and REXP expansion enclosures got certified for use with HGST Ultrastar HE8 HDDs. Other models compatible are the  TS-x79-SAS series and REXP expansion enclosures as well as the TS-x80, TS-x79, TVS-x71, TS-x70, TVS-x63, TS-x53 Pro, TS-x51, TS-x31+, TS-x31 series, and also the REXP and UX expansion enclosures.

HGST’s Ultrastar HE8 helium filled hard drives come with up to 8TB capacity and as both SATA 6Gb/s and SAS 12Gb/s models. The 7200RPM HDD can achieve up to 205MB/s sustained transfer rates and has a typical seek time of 8.5ms.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information