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Western Digital Just Started Shipping A 12TB Hard Drive

Western Digital Just Started Shipping A 12TB Hard Drive

first_img One-upmanship drives a lot of innovations in the computer business. And if there’s one example of it that we’re always happy to read about, it’s the battle for the biggest hard drive.For a while now, you’ve been able to purchase 10TB drives. Western Digital was first out of the blocks late in 2015, but Seagate answered back a few months later. But why be satisfied with a piddly 10TB when you can cram an extra 20% more data into the same 3.5-inch bay?WD’s at it again, folks! They announced today that their latest helium-infused hard drive, the HGST-branded Ultrastar He¹², is now shipping, and it packs an impressive 12TB. Thanks to the company’s newest iteration of HelioSeal, they were able to squeeze in an extra platter (bringing the total in the Ultrastar HE¹² to 8).The He¹² isn’t just bigger than its predecessors. It’s also more efficient. According to Western Digital’s numbers, it consumes around 7.2W while it’s working and 5.3W while idle — compared to 9.1W and 5.7W on their 8TB model. This is no gutless desktop drive, either. It’s an enterprise-class beast with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours, and it’s available with both SATA and SAS (with support for 12Gb/s throughput) interfaces.While Western Digital has once again claimed the hard drive capacity crown, Seagate is definitely going to return the volley. In fact, they’re planning to ship a 16TB drive next year. They hadn’t given a firm date when we reported on it last, but the target appears to be the first half of 2018. Stay on target Western Digital is Working on 40TB Hard DrivesWestern Digital Unveils a Monstrous 20TB External Hard Drive last_img read more