HGST announces 10 TB Ultrastar Archive Ha10 SMR hard drive
Earlier this week, classic hard drive storage technology reached a new milestone. Western Digital brand HGST has announced the first 10 TB hard drive to reach the market, namely Ultrastar Archive Ha10. According to the official press release, this drive "gives customers a time-to-market capacity advantage for archival environments and applications where data is sequentially written and randomly read, such as social media, cloud storage, online backup, life sciences as well as media and entertainment."
The HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10 drive uses second generation HelioSeal technology, being filled with helium and so generating less friction and vibration than drives filled with air. Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) helps it provide excellent data density and power efficiency without compromising on reliability and performance predictability.
HGST offers a five-year limited warranty for this drive, which is guaranteed to handle 600K load/unload cycles and has a 2,000,000 hours MTBF value, as well as rotational value safeguards and 10-15 unrecoverable reduced bit error rate. Unfortunately, the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 drives are purpose-built for Active Archive workloads and apps and not drop-in replacements for traditional enterprise hard drives, so home users will have to wait a little longer before being able to acquire such large hard drives.
As it happens with most products only aimed at the enterprise market, information on the pricing and availability of these new hard drives is available on request.