Seagate IronWolf 10TB Hard Drive review, Best Buy & Cheap price

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Seagate 10TB IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST10000VN0004)

IronWolf Enterprise NAS HDD Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD
Ideal for 1-8 bay NAS systems for home, small office and small to medium businesses: up to 25% faster than other brands, made for data sharing 1-16 bay NAS systems for creative pros and small to medium enterprise businesses Massive scale-out NAS environments, cloud bulk data storage, enterprise backup and restore (D2D, virtual tape)
Capacity Up to 10TB Up to 10TB Up to 10TB
Network Storage and AgileArray
PowerBalance    
Optional Data Recovery and Rescue Service    
Dual-Plane Balancing  
RV sensors and RAID Support
User Workload Rate 180TB/year 300TB/year 550TB/year
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 1M hours 1.2M hours 2M hours
Limited Warranty 3 years 5 years 5 years
 

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Item Weight 1.43 lbs 1.4 lbs 1.72 lbs 1.7 lbs
Item Dimensions 4.01 x 5.79 x 1.03 in 1.03 x 4 x 5.8 in 4 x 0.79 x 0.28 in 5.78 x 1.02 x 4 in
Hardware Connectivity SATA 6.0 Gb/s SATA 6.0 Gb/s SATA 6.0 Gb/s SATA 6.0 Gb/s
Hard Disk Rotational Speed 7,200 rpm 5,400 rpm Information not provided 5,900 rpm
Hard-Drive Size Information not provided 8 TB 8 TB 8 TB
Cache Memory Installed Size 256 128 64 MB 128
Size 10TB 8 TB 8TB Information not provided
Hard Disk Form Factor 3.5 in 3.5 in 3.5 in 3.5 in

Features and Specifications

As the IronWolf drive has been specially made for NAS devices it comes with a number of features that you wouldn't normally find in a standard internal hard drive. These features allow the IronWolf to perform reliably 24/7 with large amounts of data coming and going, all while keeping power consumption low.

It can be fitted in 1 to 8-bay NAS devices, and for our tests we put two IronWolf 10TB Hard Drives into a 2-bay QNAP TS-251A NAS drive. As you'd expect of a NAS hard drive, the IronWolf is optimised for RAID, and comes with technology Seagate calls 'AgileArray', featuring rotational vibration sensors which reduce vibration in multi-drive NAS devices. Error recovery control – essential if you're trusting the IronWolf drive with irreplaceable documents – and advanced power management to keep running costs low are also headline features.

Seagate states it can handle a workload of 180TB a year, which is quite a decent amount for small to medium sized businesses. If you're thinking of using this drive in your NAS at home, then it's unlikely you'll be moving that much data to and from the IronWolf.

Other specifications include SATA 6GB/s interface, a max sustained data transfer rate of 210MB/s for the 10TB and 8TB drives (195MB/s for 6TB, 180MB/s for the 4TB, 3TB, 2TB and 1TB drives) and a spindle speed of 7200 RPM for the 10TB, 8TB and 6TB drives (the other capacities make do with 5900RPM), and has 256MB of cache.

Part of the reason Seagate has been able to cram 10TB of storage into the IronWolf's chassis is because it uses seven PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) discs, as well as using helium to allow for thinner platters. Helium is less dense than air, which reduces the drag force acting on the spinning discs.

Performance

So, the specs paint this as a pretty robust and reliable hard drive, but how does it perform? While we can't put its 180TB a year promise to the test, we ran a number of industry recognised benchmarks to see how the drive copes under pressure.

We ran these benchmarks with the IronWolf 10TB hard drive connected directly to our test computer via SATA. In the CrystalDiskMark benchmark test we saw sequential read speeds of 250.2 MB/s and write speeds of 229.2 MB/s, which are very impressive, considering this is a 7200RPM hard drive, and handily beats the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD V.4 6TB Hard Disk, which reached 213MB/s read and 212MB/s write speeds in the same test.

In our Atto disk benchmark tests, which check the speeds of the hard drive when transferring files of various sizes, the IronWolf 10TB again provided fast speeds that were pretty consistent, of around 249MB/s read and 220MB/s write.

Finally we ran PCMark benchmarks, which gave a score of 2969, which puts it ahead of many of its competitors, though behind the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD V.4 6TB Hard Disk's score of 3727.

While we didn't have the equipment to test the sound levels in a controlled environment, the IronWolf remained pretty quiet. In fact, the only time we could hear much noise from it was when we installed two of them in the QNAP TS-251A NAS box, formatted them and installed the NAS software.

It's quite understandable for there to be noise when performing intensive tasks such as this, and once installed the drives settled down and became all-but silent. If you have your NAS in your home office or front room (the QNAP TS-251A is a NAS that specialises in being a media server and video transcoder), then it's very unlikely you'll be bothered by the noise of the IronWolf when in use.

We liked

We keep going on about the storage as 10TB in a single hard drive is incredibly impressive, so if you're looking for a hard drive to store all of your important data, this is the one to go for. If you think 10TB is too much, it also comes in other capacities. The AgileArray and rotational vibration sensors makes this a great hard drive for NAS devices with multiple hard drives.

We disliked

The price for the 10TB hard drive is high, so if you're looking to use a number of these drives in RAID then you're going to be spending quite a bit of money. It's also a bit of a shame to see the lower capacity IronWolfs hobbled with slower data transfer rates and RPM speeds.

Final Verdict

The IronWolf hard drive – especially in its 10TB guise – won't be for everyone, and that's exactly why it's such a good buy. By focusing on making a hard drive that's ideal for large – and busy – NAS devices, Seagate has produced a drive that should be on your shopping list if you're building a backup solution for your home or office.

It manages the feat of combining reliability, speed and capacity, so if you have the budget then the IronWolf is definitely worth investing in. Of course, the flip side of this is that if you're not interested in the NAS-specific features and just want a standard high capacity hard drive, then you should maybe think twice about buying the IronWolf, as you'll be paying for features you don't need.

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