Helium-filled hard drives take flight, bump capacity to 6TB

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  1. ronjor

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  2. Mrkvonic

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    Nice. Helium is expensive, so I expect these drives to be recycled, not thrown away. Which is probably why the enterprise sector is the first to be given the new technology.
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  3. imdb

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    good point.
     
  4. Noob

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    So now my HDDs will weight less than they really do. :D
    /Sarcasm
     
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    Greetings,

    It will be interesting to see how long the helium charge can be maintained within the drive. After all, helium is purified by allowing it to diffuse through quartz crystals.

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  6. Keatah

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    Helium leaks through seemingly solid atomic structures. Rubber in car tires and balloons can't hold helium for long.

    It would be kinda funny (and cool) if there was a filling port on the disks. And WD said the disk is actually lighter in weight! Double awesome!
     
  7. xxJackxx

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    That's what I was thinking. I expect these to fail. Crushed by their own weight after the Helium leaks out... :D
     
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