WD adds 8TB hard drives to its internal and external offerings

— 10:06 AM on March 1, 2016

Western Digital is charging full steam (or should I say helium?) ahead with its 8TB hard drives. The company has just added 8TB models to most of its internal and external drive lineups. The 8TB capacity option will soon be available in internal hard drives in the Red, Red Pro, and Purple lineups. Red drives are targeted at NAS boxes, while Purple spinners are meant to go into video and surveillance systems. Western Digital says the new drives are filled with helium, which purportedly lets the big platters spin more easily. Drives using this technology will carry the HelioSeal branding.

For those who prefer their hard drives outside their computers, WD will offer 8TB models across its My Book and My Cloud series. External units with two-drive setups in RAID-0 will also available in 16TB capacities, too. The 8TB external drives are already available in "select U.S. retailers" and the WD Store for $300 (we spotted one at Best Buy for $250). Meanwhile, the internal versions should be available on April 5, according to WD's storefront.

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