Opening the helium hard drive - Video

Data recovery on helium-filled hard drives may be our reality in the future, according to some data recovery experts. The reasons for putting the helium inside the drive are numerous: heat reduction, increased platter density and speed, reduced waste of energy, increased number of platters from five to seven with more storage, less noise and so on...


HddSurgery had an opportunity to open HGST HUS726060ALA640 helium-filled hard drive and take a peek inside the drive, in order to become more familiar with its mechanic structure and the way of functioning. We decided to record the whole opening process and edit it as one short video presentation, in order to provide the best feel for the viewers.


We managed to find the solution for cutting the laser welded lid and to reach the inside of the drive itself. We used improvised methods and tools and they should not be considered as a manual for opening.


Take a look how we did this and what does the drive looks like inside in our video below.




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Miloš Gizdovski
Marketing Manager at HddSurgery


@tyr It may work for some time, but it carries the risk because of the increased temperature.


Does an helium hdd drive still work if it's filled with air ? Does it run slower or it just simply not work ?


Well done Nikola ! .... Hats Off ! The adventure continues :)


Oh but those drives will never fail ;-) ........... AND there is no Murphy, and the earth is both flat and soft.

JensT - DK