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Helium Filled Hard Drives. Jordan Rowley. HDD Problems. Air filled hard drive problems Memory space Energy usage. Introduction. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST ) HGST designed helium filled hard drives Addresses these persistent problems. Helium. 2 nd lightest element

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Hdd problems
HDD Problems

  • Air filled hard drive problems

    • Memory space

    • Energy usage


  • Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST)

  • HGST designed helium filled hard drives

  • Addresses these persistent problems


  • 2nd lightest element

    • Behind hydrogen (Lightest element)

    • Very good choice for hard drive

  • 23% of mass of universe

    • 2nd most abundant element in universe

More helium
More helium

  • However, not as abundant on earth in pure form

    • Gravity cannot keep helium in atmosphere

  • Found as component in natural gases in America

    • Compose up to 7.6% of these gases

  • Abundant enough for HGST to use in hard drives

Some numbers
Some Numbers

  • Increases hard drive storage capacity by 40%

  • Reduces power consumption by 23%


  • Helium results in “less drag on the head arms and the spinning disk track”

    • http://www.gizmag.com/hgst-helium-filled-sealed-hard-drive/24190/

  • Less power is used to perform tasks like these

    • Moving and positioning heads over tracks

Benefits leading to benefits
Benefits leading to benefits

  • Less power and movement leads to something else

  • Results in data tracks and disks being placed closer together

  • All this means that they can store more data in the hard drives

More numbers
More numbers

  • Increases density within each disk with infusion of helium

  • Means each disk can store more data

  • Number of disks increases from 5 to 7

  • All within the 3.5 inch enclosure of hard drive


  • Helium hard drive is hermetically sealed to keep helium in

  • Also keeps out contaminants

    • Dust, humidity, water etc.


  • Helium hard drive run with more efficient thermal conduction

    • 4°C cooler than regular air

  • Means that helium hard drive runs much quieter than air filled hard drives

Hgst figures it out
HGST Figures it out

  • Three things needed to be solved in order to design helium filled hard drive:

    • “How to build a drive structure stiff enough not to flex with pressure changes

    • How to seal in helium, a gas known for its remarkable diffusion properties

    • How to manufacture such drives in high volume at a competitive price”

      • http://www.zdnet.com/helium-filled-drives-announced-7000004222/

Interesting aspect
Interesting aspect

  • Gives us more capacity in our hard drives which will become more important in our lives

  • More energy efficient, which our generation needs to address

    • Becoming more “green”

  • Shows how advanced all aspects of technology are becoming

The future
The future

  • Helium filled hard drives set to realize in 2013

  • HGST hopes to revolutionize hard drive industry

  • Also wants to compete with main developers of hard drives


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  • "Helium (He) (chemical Element)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/260101/helium-He>.

  • "Helium-filled Drives Announced." ZDNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.zdnet.com/helium-filled-drives-announced-7000004222/>.

  • "Helium-filled Hard Drives Promise Capacity Boost." Helium-filled Hard Drives Promise Capacity Boost. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.gizmag.com/hgst-helium-filled-sealed-hard-drive/24190/>.

  • "HGST Announces New Helium-Filled Hard Disk Drive Platform." Tom's Hardware. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Helium-Filled-Hard_Disk-hdd-western-digital,17573.html>.