Netflix processes over a billion streaming hours per month to 48 million viewers. To keep those videos playing, they’ve put their trust in helium HDDs.
Astronomers are using helium-filled hard drives to capture the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole – a feat that proved impossible with regular drives.
Inside the hard disk drive (HDD) in your computer is what resembles a short stack of small DVDs. Called platters, these oscillating, magnetic disks are where data is recorded and transferred, and are the reason why you can turn off your computer without losing your files.
So, what does helium have to it?