The long-rumored helium-filled hard drives have finally arrived on the market. Starting now users can purchase a HGST hard drive with the massive 6 TB of storage capacity and helium inside the platters.
The new company product belongs to HGST’s Ultrastar He6 line and comes in the common 3.5-inch form factor. Thanks to the helium inside HGST has succeeded in packing seven recording platters inside, instead of the usual four in ordinary consumer hard drives. The Ultrastar He6 supports SATA 3.0 and comes with 7200 rpm of platter speed and 64 MB of cache memory. In addition to this the new drive weighs less than usual at just 640 grams and operates at 4-5 degrees Celsius less that “normal” hard drives.
The Ultrastar He6 is now on the market where it sells for USD 549.99. The drive also comes with 5 years of warranty.