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Old 09-25-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Not futuristic, but here, now. This article shows what WD is up to which looks very promising: Helium-filled WD drives promise huge boost in capacity - Computerworld
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So they finally found a feasible way to seal helium drives? Can't wait.
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Is it true the worlds helium stores are supposed to be running out in the next 30-50 years, and it's used to cool mri scanners, obviously not a worry for these hard drives and if they can waste it on balloons then why not I suppose
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Once heard that helium is derived naturally from radioactive decay so if that's true, I wouldn't expect to see the world running out of it too soon (meaning practically never).
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Is it true the worlds helium stores are supposed to be running out in the next 30-50 years, and it's used to cool mri scanners, obviously not a worry for these hard drives and if they can waste it on balloons then why not I suppose
Helium is the second-most common element in the universe. There are "experts" claiming that our "supply is running low", and perhaps the way we currently isolate helium won't last us for but 50 more years, but they overlook that we will just find other ways to isolate helium. There is plenty of helium, everywhere.
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What so good about helium in a HDD? The second most available thing in our universe.
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What so good about helium in a HDD? The second most available thing in our universe.
Air resistance is one of the biggest limiting factors in drive capacity currently. We can't add more plates or spin them faster because they'll wobble. Sealed drives filled with helium instead of air offer a virtually resistance-free environment for the drives.
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If a CD-ROM explodes at 24000 RPM, and if you could, spin the HDD platters at that speed, will the platters explode?
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You would have a floating HDD (just kidding).
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To be fair I wasn't sure how it was acquired, a friend told me a few months ago and when I seen the post I found this BBC News - Helium shortage prompts scientist's balloon use warning "It is usually mined as a by-product of natural gas extraction. But resources are finite and demand is increasing, which is why supplies are restricted". But on a lighter note, I had never heard of the advantages of helium in hard drives, sounds good, will it be expensive?
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To be fair I wasn't sure how it was acquired, a friend told me a few months ago and when I seen the post I found this BBC News - Helium shortage prompts scientist's balloon use warning "It is usually mined as a by-product of natural gas extraction. But resources are finite and demand is increasing, which is why supplies are restricted". But on a lighter note, I had never heard of the advantages of helium in hard drives, sounds good, will it be expensive?
Probably very expensive. I think at first we will just see them in use in servers in big data centers. They take up less space (per byte) and draw less power.
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Probably very expensive. I think at first we will just see them in use in servers in big data centers. They take up less space (per byte) and draw less power.
Probably not for me then, I still have a ssd right at the bottom of the list of things to add to my computer.
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I doubt that HDDs will be still around in 20 years time, at least not in the way their current tech works, helium or no helium. For as long as NAND flash density keeps increasing at the present rate and SSD manufacturing costs keep on dropping, there's only one way things can go. SSDs will eventually take over completely, unless of course something better, cheaper and faster is invented.
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I doubt that HDDs will be still around in 20 years time, at least not in the way their current tech works, helium or no helium. For as long as NAND flash density keeps increasing at the present rate and SSD manufacturing costs keep on dropping, there's only one way things can go. SSDs will eventually take over completely, unless of course something better, cheaper and faster is invented.
I am pretty sure there will be something better by then when you look at the technology we had 20 years ago, not that I had a computer then, but I have built older ones, was just looking then and apparently in 1992 Intel released the 486DX2 and windows 3.1 was released, I remember that os at school. It would be amazing to flash forward and see the technology they will have in 2032
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I am pretty sure there will be something better by then when you look at the technology we had 20 years ago, not that I had a computer then, but I have built older ones, was just looking then and apparently in 1992 Intel released the 486DX2 and windows 3.1 was released, I remember that os at school. It would be amazing to flash forward and see the technology they will have in 2032
Factor in that technology has been increasing exponentially not linearly and I wouldn't be surprised if we don't even have what we would recognize as a 'computer' in 20 years time.

Whatever it is, would probably blow our minds if we saw it now, but will probably just be "oh this is kinda cool" when it finally comes.
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