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Ultrastar He12

12TB
3.5-inch Helium Platform
Enterprise Hard Drive

  • Highest Capacity – 12TB PMR HDD, drop-in ready for capacity workloads
  • Low Power – 54% lower idle watts/TB than 8TB air-filled drives
  • More Reliable – Highest MTBF rating for an HDD at 2.5M hours

Laying the foundation for a worry-free data center, HGST delivers capacity to conquer the data explosion – Ultrastar® He12 HDD. Designed to handle workloads up to 550TB per year, the Ultrastar He12 HDD is the industry’s first 12TB drive and uses PMR technology to make it drop-in ready for any enterprise-capacity application or environment. The stable internal environment created by fourth-generation HelioSeal® technology enables a new 8-disk design, increasing the capacity by 20% when compared to the 7-disk design of the prior generation. This highest capacity helium drive 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 Ultrastar He12 HDD provides the highest reliability rating available of all HDDs on the market today by building on the successful design of it’s 10TB, 8TB and 6TB predecessors. Trust HGST and the Ultrastar He12 HDD to deliver more capacity, more efficiency, more reliability and more value to your data center.

SATA Models
SAS Models
General
Model #
HUH721212ALE60y
HUH721212ALN60y
HUH721212AL420y
HUH721212AL520y
Interface
SATA 6Gb/s
SAS 12Gb/s
Capacity (GB)
12TB
12TB
Sector Size (Variable, Bytes/sector)
4Kn: 4096
512e: 512
4Kn: 4096, 4112, 4160, 4224
512e: 512, 520, 528
Max Areal Density (Gbits/sq. in.)
864
864
Performance
Data Buffer (MB)
256
256
Rotational Speed (RPM)
7200
7200
Latency Average (ms)
4.16
4.16
Interface Transfer Rate (MB/sec, max)
600
1200
Sustained Transfer Rate (MB/sec, typ.)
243MiB/s
255MB/s
243MiB/s
255MB/s
Seek Time (read, ms, typical)
8.0 (Read) / 8.6 (Write)
8.0 (Read) / 8.6 (Write)
Reliability
Error Rate (non-recoverable, bits read)
1 in 10^15
1 in 10^15
MTBF (M hours)
2.5
2.5
Annual Failure Rate (AFR)
0.35%
0.35%
Load/Unload Cycles
600,000
600,000
Availability (hrs/day x days/wk)
24x7
24x7
Limited Warranty (yrs)
5
5
Acoustics
Idle (Bels)
2.0 (Idle) / 3.6 (Operating)
2.0 (Idle) / 3.6 (Operating)
Power
Requirement
+5 VDC, +12VDC
+5 VDC, +12VDC
Operating (W, typical)
7.2
9.8
Idle (W)
5.3
6.1
Power Consump. Efficiency Index (W/GB)
0.44W/TB
0.00044W/GB
0.51W/TB
0.00051W/GB
Physical Size
Z-Height (mm)
26.1
26.1
Dimensions (width x depth, mm)
101.6 (+/-0.25) x 147
101.6 (+/-0.25) x 147
Weight (g, max)
660
660
Environmental (operating)
Ambient Temperature
5º to 60º C
5º to 60º C
Shock (half-sine wave)
70
70
Vibration (5 to 500 Hz)
0.67G RMS (XYZ)
0.67G RMS (XYZ)
Environmental (non-operating)
Ambient Temperature
-40º to 70º C
-40º to 70º C
Shock (half-sine wave)
300 (2ms) / 150 (11ms)
300 (2ms) / 150 (11ms)
Random vibration (G RMS 2 to 200 Hz)
1.04 (XYZ)
1.04 (XYZ)

Highlights

  • 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
  • Industry’s best power efficiency (Watts/TB)
  • 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 MTBF rating & 5-year limited warranty
  • Instant Secure Erase (ISE) & Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) options
  • Advanced Format 4Kn and 512e models

Applications/Environments

  • Enterprise and data center applications where capacity density, power efficiency and reliability are paramount
  • Cloud & Hyperscale storage
  • Massive scale-out (MSO), high-density data centers
  • Distributed File Systems
  • 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
REACH Certificate of Compliance for HGST Storage Products

REACH Certificate of Compliance for HGST Storage Products.

Agency Approval Letter
RoHS II Compliance and Exemptions for HGST Storage Products

Identifies HGST storage products that comply with the European Union Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of use of certain hazardous substances (“RoHS Directive”).

Agency Approval Letter
Ultrastar He12 Agency Approval Letters

This statement from the appropriate global authorities certifies that the Ultrastar He12 helium hard disk drives meet the criteria for electronic products safety standards.

Agency Approval Letter
HGST Data Center Solutions

HGST is helping organizations harness the power of data. We’re creating more efficient, TCO-driven storage with larger, denser capacities, Flash fabrics for breakthrough performance and solutions that take advantage of smart software integration. HGST is at the heart of the data center helping customers unlock the full value of their data.

Brochure
Data Center and Enterprise Storage Solutions

HGST's comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-class storage products enables the most mission-critical use cases, ideally suited for today’s high-performance data centers.

Brochure
HGST HelioSeal Technology Brochure

HGST HelioSeal technology enables higher densities for capacity enterprise HDDs and is compatible with magnetic recording technologies like PMR, HAMR and BPM. With SMR, it enables the cold storage market.

Brochure
Ultrastar He12 Data Sheet

This two-page document is an overview of the Ultrastar He12, the industry’s best capacity enterprise hard drive – Highest capacity, lowest power and highest reliability.

Data sheet
Ceph Deployement on Ultrastar He12

Storage is the largest component of a Ceph cluster so learn why choosing 12TB Ultrastar He12 HDDs are the best choice for both enterprise-scale and rack-scale configurations.

Solution Brief
HGST Advanced Format Technology Brief

This document provides a high-level overview of Advanced Format hard drives, the latest 4K block structure used to storage information on hard disk drives.

Technology Brief
HGST Micro-actuator Technology Brief

HGST Micro-actuator technology enables better head-positioning accuracy in multi-drive environments, which delivers better performance, data integrity and drive reliability.

Technology Brief
Instant Secure Erase Overview

Instant Secure Erase is a standard feature on HGST hard drives and solid state drives and provides several benefits for data center managers.

Technology Brief
End-to-end Data Protection

"End-to-end Data Protection is a feature in SAS and Fibre Channel HDDs that extends error detection to cover the entire path from the CPU to the hard drive media and back."

White Paper
HGST Delivers Rebuild Assist Mode for Faster RAID Recovery

White paper about Rebuild Assist on HGST's enterprise capacity and performance hard drives which delivers faster rebuilds and helps maintain system performance during rebuilds

White Paper
Iterative Detection Read Channel Technology in Hard Disk Drives

A technology white paper describing the development and application of iterative detection read channels in hard disk drives.

White Paper
Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Technology White Paper

A white paper describing Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Technology, its implementation on hard drives and contrasts to Longitudinal recording

White Paper
Safeguarding Your Data with HGST Bulk Data Encryption

A white paper the describes how HGST Bulk Data Encryption safeguards data on models equiped with the feature

White Paper
Scaling Enterprise Storage with SAS Hard Drives

A White Paper describing the benefits of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and how help eliminate bottlenecks in the data center to ensure high-performance for the long term.

White Paper
Using Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) Control to Minimize Disturbance Effects in Hard Disk Drives

This white paper describes how Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) anticipates disturbances and counteracts them - maximizing performance in the most arduous conditions.

White Paper
He12 512e Format
SATA ISE SE SED (=BDE+TCG)
12TB 0F30144 HUH721212ALE600 0F30146 HUH721212ALE604 0F30145 HUH721212ALE601
SAS ISE SE TCG TCG FIPS
12TB 0F29530 HUH721212AL5200 0F29532 HUH721212AL5204 0F29531 HUH721212AL5201 0F29533 HUH721212AL5205
He12 4Kn Format
SATA ISE SE SED (=BDE+TCG)
12TB 0F30141 HUH721212ALN600 0F30143 HUH721212ALN604 0F30142 HUH721212ALN601
SAS ISE SE TCG TCG FIPS
12TB 0F29560 HUH721212AL4200 0F29562 HUH721212AL4204 0F29561 HUH721212AL4201 0F29563 HUH721212AL4205
  • Newer Feature on SATA HDDs: Power Disable Pin (Pin3) is a feature in the SATA 3.3 industry standard specification (published in February 2016). If you have a new chassis or system that supports this feature, you may want to use the part numbers below which support this feature. If you don't need this feature or don't know, we recommend selecting drives from the table above. To learn more about this new feature, read our Power Disable Feature technology brief. Please note, if you deploy a SATA HDD from the table below into a legacy chassis or enclosure, the drive may not spin up.
He12 512e Format
with new Power Disable Pin (Pin3) Feature
SATA ISE SE SED (=BDE+TCG)  
12TB 0F29590 HUH721212ALE600 0F29592 HUH721212ALE604 0F29591 HUH721212ALE601
He12 4Kn Format
with new Power Disable Pin (Pin3) Feature
SATA ISE SE SED (=BDE+TCG)
12TB 0F29620 HUH721212ALN600 0F29622 HUH721212ALN600 0F29621 HUH721212ALN600
  • ISE = Instant Secure Erase
  • SE = Secure Erase
  • SED = Self Encrypting Drive (supports BDE and TCG Encryption)
  • TCG = Trusted Computing Group Encryption
  • TCG FIPS = Encryption w/FIPS