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HGST Ultrastar He12 12TB Hard Drive

Aberdeen is pleased to announce its broad implementation of the world’s first hermetically sealed, helium hard drive, the 12TB Ultrastar He12, for massive scale-out environments.


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Laying the foundation for a worry-free data center, HGST delivers the very best capacity hard drive in the industry – Ultrastar He12. Designed to handle workloads up to 550TB per year, the He10 uses PMR technology and is the industry’s first 12TB drive that is drop-in ready for any enterprise-capacity application or environment. Based on field proven, third-generation HelioSeal® technology, it offers the lowest power profile in the industry to help data center architects meet eco-environmental goals and requirements. Targeted at 2.5M hours MTBF, the He12 provides the highest reliability rating available of all HDDs on the market today by building on the successful design of its 10TB, 8TB and 6TB predecessors. Trust HGST and Ultrastar He12 to deliver more capacity, more efficiency, more reliability and more value to your data center.

Available in the on-line configurators of most 3.5 inch drive bay server and storage devices. Please contact Aberdeen Sales for assistance in selecting the right 12TB ready product to meet your requirement.


  • 12TB capacity in a standard 3.5-inch form factor
  • PMR technology works with all capacity enterprise applications & environments
  • Reliable, field-proven, 4th generation design
  • Compared to 8TB air drives:
    – 50% more capacity
    – 54% more power efficient (Watts/TB)
    – 25% more reliable
  • SATA 6Gb/s and SAS 12Gb/s:
    – 12Gb/s SAS compatible with next gen data centers
    – Backwards compatible with 6Gb/s SAS
  • 2.5M hours MTBF² rating and 5 year warranty
  • Instant Secure Erase (ISE) & Self-Encrypting Drive (TCG SAS) options
  • Advanced format 4Kn and 512e models

Capacity 12TB to provide 50% more capacity than 8TB drives

Power Efficiency Very low Watts per terabyte (W/TB) 54% lower idle W/TB than 8TB

• HGST Micro-Actuator
• Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS)
• Media Cache Plus architecture
• Rebuild Assist mode
• SATA 6Gb/s & SAS 12Gb/s
• 256MB cache buffer
• More accurate head positioning, especially in multi-drive environments, for better performance, data integrity and reliability
• Maintains drive performance in high rotational vibration environments and multi-drive systems
• Better random write performance
• Dramatically improves RAID recovery time and maintains system performance during recovery
• Provides compatibility with high-performance data centers
• Improves response time and data management

• Dual safe firmware
• 2.5M hours MTBF2 and 0.35% AFR2
• 5-year limited warranty
• Retains previous firmware version for safe firmware updates
• Industry’s highest reliability rating for Capacity Enterprise HDD for fewer failures/less service needs

Data Security
• Instant Secure Erase
• Encryption options on SAS models
• Enables swift and efficient drive redeployment and retirement
• Hardware-based encryption protects data from unauthorized use

• Enterprise and data center applications where capacity density and power efficiency and reliability are paramount
• Cloud & Hyperscale storage
• Massive scale-out high-density data centers (MSO)
• Bulk storage using object storage solutions like Ceph™ and OpenStack Swift
• Primary and secondary storage for Hadoop® to support Big Data Analytics
• Centralized video surveillance
• Ideal for all mainstream enterprise capacity applications