Hermetically Sealed Hard Drives

With drive capacity nearing the Terabyte mark, track density increases along with the gap between read / write heads and platters. Therefore are Hermetically sealed drives the the way forward for Manufacturers?

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3 Replies to “Hermetically Sealed Hard Drives”

    1. If you’re going to the lengths of opening the HDD unit itself for data recovery, you really should be doing it in a hermetical laboratory. Dust exist in the normal environment we live and that dust is going to cause issues for your read/write heads. A drive that’s already hermetically sealed will only increase your chances of data recovery should the need arise to open it up. And again, if you are going to these lengths, your data must be extremely valuable and warrant the cost of forensic data recovery. I’m talking in the thousands of dollars, not, “my photos from Bali with my wife when our dog was alive”. Granted these precious memories can be deemed invaluable if you have that kind of cash to ‘attempt’ the retrieval of said data.
      My vote is FOR hermetically sealed drives for the general consumer, if the cost matches the benefits.

      1. @Jayce
        This post is over five years old, and hermetically sealed hard drives have still not happened. The crucial part of your comment comes at the end. Consumers wouldn’t pay the huge increase in cost, especially without some (any?) serious benefits. Most hard drives don’t fail through physical contamination anyway, so hermetically sealing them wouldn’t make them more reliable, and changes in ambient pressure could even cause new problems.

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