Western Digital 12TB and 14TB Ultrastar He12 Drives Announced

December 13th, 2016
Western Digital 12TB and 14TB Ultrastar He12 Drives Announced

The Western Digital 12TB and 14TB Ultrastar He12 Helium-filled HDDs are, along with some new super-fast SSDs, the latest announcement by the hard drive manufacturer.

Western Digital 12TBEveryone who deals with HD high-bitrate videos knows how massive files sizes can get, and that they need to be stored somewhere safe. If you’re thinking of building your own NAS at home, or just want a new high-capacity drive for your computer, check out the new Western Digital 12TB or 14TB Ultrastar He12 Helium HDDs.

According to WD, this is the fourth-generation of their helium-based, enterprise-class HDDs. The HGST-branded Ultrastar He12 has 12TB of storage capacity, making it the world’s highest capacity hard disk drive. The He12 offers either a 6Gbps SATA or 12Gbps SAS interface, both using Advanced Format. HelioSeal technology utilises helium with a density 1/7th that of air, enabling the use of thinner disks while maintaining a stable recording interface. There are eight discs in this drive, making it an industry first, as other drives only have up to seven discs. For detailed specs look at this HGST product page.

The company will extend the He12 platform further, leveraging SMR to provide more capacity from the same essential hardware. The SMR version of the drive will deliver 14TB.

Western Digital claims their new drives are also very safe, sporting features like:

  • Data Security: Instant Secure Erase, sanitize and safely redeploy HDDs using the Instant Secure Erase feature
  • SED Features: Help protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive)
  • Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours with a 5-year limited warranty

When will you be able to get your He12 HDD? Well, although the company is currently sampling to select OEMs, the Western Digital 12TB Drives are expected to be available in the first half of 2017, with the 14TB SMR HDD expected around mid 2017. There is no information about pricing yet, but we can expect WD’s competitors to introduce their own 12TB drives at some point next year.

How do you deal with video material storage? Are you going to wait for these new bigger drives? Let us know in the comments!

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 Saanu Tyagi
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December 19th, 2016

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December 15th, 2016

Between my years of large digital still image files and a growing library of 4K cinema files, these drives will be a big help going forward. I use 8TB drives in my NAS arrays currently.

They’ll be pricey, but I can remember spending a grand for a 1TB Lacie drive not all that long ago, so relatively speaking, they will be a good deal :)

Philip Bloom
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December 14th, 2016

Am gonna tell on you! Bad ambassador!

Nino Leitner
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December 14th, 2016
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Same company :)

Philip Bloom
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December 14th, 2016
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Nino Leitner but are they??

Nino Leitner
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December 14th, 2016
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom everything’s connected :)

Aimee Davis
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December 14th, 2016
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Yes, they are. And Nino is a great ambassador ;)

Marco Solorio
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December 13th, 2016

With helium being a key factor on how the thinner platters operate, I feel a little concerned how the longterm performance will be on these hard drives (i.e., will the helium strength in these be sustained over years), considering regular hard drives that work on standard oxygen have their own longterm peculiarities.

Zack Birlew
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December 13th, 2016

We need bigger permanent storage solutions, Bluray and tape aren’t economical or practical for a lot of folks. I’m glad that we’re getting bigger storage breakthroughs like this but they also need to lower pricing on the lower TBs in more half the time it’s taking. 4TB should be down to $60 drives by now.

Andres Saez Quintriqueo
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December 13th, 2016

Pedile a papá noel!!! Aajjajajaj

Aimee Davis
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December 13th, 2016

HGST makes some great drives ;)

Jonatan Robledo
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December 13th, 2016

necesito un par de esos

Deke Smithers
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December 13th, 2016

600 a drive lol

Thomas Steve Austin Bares
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December 13th, 2016

Oh, and I can remember when 16 meg of ram was $1600…

Lol…

Kirill Kripak
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December 13th, 2016

That’s insane. I don’t know if I feel comfortable with THAT much data on a single disc.

Billy Causey Jr.
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December 13th, 2016
Reply to  Kirill Kripak

As someone who does video work; this is a blessing.

Right now we have camera systems coming out like the red helium which do 10 gigs a minute.

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December 13th, 2016
Reply to  Kirill Kripak

You could say the same about upgrading from floppy to cd. ;)

Gimme! I used up all of my 12TB lacie drive this year, could use a new one.

Ethan St Ellen
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December 13th, 2016
Reply to  Kirill Kripak

I would feel comfortable with 5 of these in raid 5 set up ??

Precious
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December 13th, 2016
Reply to  Kirill Kripak

Ethan 48TB usable. Damn. Still, pray a drive failure never occurs as workflow will go to shit during the days long raid rebuild.

Lâm Tran
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December 14th, 2016
Reply to  Kirill Kripak

Same thing was said in 1995

 Paul Carrico
Paul Carrico
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December 14th, 2016
Reply to  Kirill Kripak

The size makes sense. That is why you buy two and mirror them. ;)

Pijus Peleckis
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December 13th, 2016

That’s sexist! Why isn’t it SHE12???

Adam Loretz
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December 13th, 2016

How high can you build your tower and not fear it falling down? RAID

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