Western Digital recently expanded its hard drives and external storage to 8TB, utilizing the technology of HelioSeal. We first seen Helium-filled hard drives from HGST, it was the HGST Ultrastar He8 8TB enterprise hard drive designed for datacenters and enterprise market. However, since HGST is now a company of Western Digital, WD has brought HelioSeal Technology to the mass consumers as well. WD now offers an 8TB capacity of their WD Red and Red PRO drives, WD Purples Drives, as well as their My Book and My Cloud series external storage solutions. More details from the official news below.
WD 8TB Hard Drives with HelioSeal Technology Relased
“New Line of Storage Solutions Feature HelioSeal Technology for Optimal Performance, High Capacity and Added Reliability for NAS, Surveillance and Personal Storage”
Western Digital Corporation, a world leader in storage solutions, announced the expansion of its award-winning portfolio of performance storage solutions with 8 TB capacity drives for NAS, video surveillance and desktop external applications. Increasingly centralized, rich-content, which continues to grow in popularity among enterprises, small business and consumers alike, is driving demand for greater storage capacities.
Launching throughout the first half of 2016, My Cloud® personal storage devices (My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 Ultra), My Book® external hard drives (My Book, My Book for Mac, My Book Duo and My Book Pro), WD Red®, WD Red Pro and WD Purple™ hard drives will all be designed with the new high-capacity configuration. Each storage solution offers purpose-driven engineering and HelioSeal™ helium-technology with the new 8 TB drives for maximum and efficient performance in the applications for which each model is designed.
According to Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, Western Digital Corporation: “We are committed to integrating high-performance, high-capacity and high-quality drives into all of our solutions,”. “No matter what market or application, we have a solution – whether it’s for small businesses, channel partners, enterprises or end-users. Our goal is to deliver the best and most competitive solutions on the market.”
The increase to 8 TB or 16 TB (with two 8TB drives in RAID 0) capacity applies to the following WD products:
WD Internal Hard Drives
WD Purple 8TB – Engineered for 24/7, always-on, high-definition surveillance security systems that use up to eight hard drives and up to 32 cameras
WD Red 8TB – Optimized for personal, home and small business NAS (network attached storage) systems
WD Red Pro 8TB – Optimized for small business and enterprise class NAS systems with high performance and reliability.
WD External Hard Drives
My Book / My Book for Mac 8TB – An external hard drive solution that provides complete backup and storage with USB connectivity.
My Book Duo/My Book Pro 16TB – Dual-drive external hard drive solutions which provide ultra-fast storage in RAID-0 and complete backup and storage with USB and/or Thunderbolt connectivity and up to 16 TB capacity.
My Cloud 8TB / My Cloud Mirror 16TB – A personal storage device that plugs into your router at home to provide consumers with their very own private cloud.
My Cloud EX2 Ultra 16TB – As part of the creative professional series of My Cloud products, the My Cloud EX2 Ultra provides high-performance two-bay network attached storage.
WD 8TB Drives Pricing and Availability
The WD My Book and My Book for Mac 8 TB is currently available at select U.S. retailers, distributors and through the WD Store. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the My Book 8 TB (model #: WDBFJK0080HBK) and the My Book for Mac (model #: WDBYCC0080HBK) is $299.99 USD.
In the Philippines, the My Book 8TB will be available in March at select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the My Book 8TB (model #: WDBFJK0080HBK) is Php 15,900.
My Cloud, My Book Duo, My Book Pro, WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple 8 TB configurations will be available during the first half of 2016. More information about the WD product line, 8 TB capacity, and terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at www.wd.com.