just brew it! wrote:
Hmm... if you do lose the helium, does the drive die? Or does performance and power usage simply degrade?
Given the helium was there to stabilize the bit writes as well as the thermals, I'm guessing it would start throwing lots of read & write errors once the helium was gone. If the thermal issue turns out to be the case then there might be a new use for that freezer trick, chill the drive long enough to pull data off it.
I don't see how helium would boost the performance, especially as the Seagate drive outperforms it by a fair amount. As for power, if the drive could function without helium then why go through all the trouble and expense to put and keep helium in there for a couple watts at most in savings.