Helium-filled hd's promise capacity boost

September 19, 2012, 09:25 AM

http://www.gizmag.com/hgst-helium-filled-sealed-ha...

Unlike Iomega's eGo Helium portable hard drive, a new hard disk drive platform developed by Western Digital (WD) subsidiary HGST actually does fill hard drives with helium. Rather than just making the drive a little bit lighter, replacing regular old air with helium and sealing it within the drive enclosure has allowed HGST to increase hard drive storage capacity by 40 percent while reducing power consumption by 23 percent.

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