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Would a helium filled hard drive work in space?

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I think I once read that traditional hard drives had difficulties at high altitudes (ex: on aircraft) because of the way they work.

Seeing that the helium has to be hermetically sealed, would they work in space?

On that note, with the lower density of helium, I'd imagine that a 10,000 rpm drive would be possible an would encouter no more difficulties in than a 7,200 rpm one on regular air.

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I was thinking the same thing about altitude and space. It will work, though you'll need a heat sink connection if used in a vacuum. The heat sink will have to control temp on the cold *and* hot swings, to take the place of the missing atmo.

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