Western Digital Brings Out HGST Ultrastar He12 HDDs
Western Digital has announced that it has started shipments on their new HGST Ultrastar He12 HDDs, with an impressive 12TB of storage capacity. This amount is stored on a record amount of eight platters, the first time the California-based company has crammed so many onto a single drive. The new hard drives should be available very soon, though at an as yet unknown price. It should be noted, though, that considering the specs and capacity of the new HDD, prices are expected to be on the high end.
Much like the Purple drives the company is putting out, the HGST Ultrastar He12 spins at 7200RPM and has a Mean Time Between Failures of 2.5 million hours; as such, it also has a warranty of five years. The new hard disk has certainly been designed to last and the fact that Western Digital is ready to back that up with such a long guarantee means that it should find itself popular with systems admins everywhere.
Besides putting eight platters into the HGST Ultrastar He12, Western Digital has also expanded the area of the platters themselves, which will boost the sustained data transfer speed to 255MB/s, with a latency of 4.16ms. Power draw is reasonable, at 6.1W when idle and 9.8W when in operation. As many other Western Digital HDDs, the HGST Ultrastar He12 is filled with helium, further boosting read/write speed as well as storage capacity.
As it seems Western Digital is bent on dominating the market with high-capacity drives, the new HDD should fit in well with the other server-oriented disks the company is putting out, much like the way My Passport has exceeded expectations for portable SSDs. As the demand for larger HDDs for servers is only growing, it’s only reasonable to expect that Western Digital will see many sales of the HGST Ultrastar He12.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.