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Seagate IronWolf 10TB Review

Seagate IronWolf 10TB Review

So sometimes 8TB is just not enough. A common problem that we all have I am sure you agree. Today we take a step into the brave new world of 10TB storage in a single SATA drive. Welcome to our Seagate IronWolf 10TB Review.

Seagate IronWolf 10TB Review – The Drive

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As is often the case with drives, our review sample arrived with no packaging. Retail models will arrive in some more flashy packaging no doubt, but either way, you can be sure Seagate will package it appropriately to arrive in perfect condition.

The dimensions are the same as any other standard HDD (26.11 x 101.85 x 146.99mm). So it’s a 3.5″ form factor and our only point of note is that there are only two screw holes on the side, some drive bays make use of the “missing” third/middle hole, so just be sure to check there are no parts that need removing from your bay before dropping in the drive. The weight of the IronWolf is 650g and as we would expect, it uses the standard SATA data and power connectors.

What makes this a NAS HDD rather than a generic one? These drives have firmware tuned for NAS operations and are tested with the leading brands of NAS. They are optimised for high workloads (along with multiple user access) and also have rotational vibration mitigation designed to minimise any impact from multiple drives in a single NAS. They also support advanced power management which is suited to 24×7 operation and RAID optimisation. (Seagate calls their NAS optimisation “AgileArray”)

When it is formatted (using Windows as an example) it has a total storage capacity of 9.09TB and Seagate note that the rated speeds are in excess of 210mb/s with power use peaking at 6.8w (4.42w idle, 0.8w sleep). Our cache level is 256MB and acoustic rating is 3.2bels in operation. As far as reliability goes, the MTBF rating is 1 million hours, the drive is rated for 180TB/year workload rate limit and it has a 3-year warranty.


On the software front, the drive is compatible with SeaTools, an application from Seagate which allows us to monitor and maintain our drive over time. Seagate DiscWizard is also supported and as Seagate note it “lets you install your new disc drive quickly, with wizards that guide you through the processes of creating and formatting partitions on your disc drive, transferring and backing up your data.”

Seagate IronWolf 10TB Review – Performance

Intel Core i7-6950X, ASRock X99 OC Formula, 4x4GB DDR4, Windows 10 64Bit.


Seagate IronWolf 10TB Review – Conclusion

The IronWolf series is available in various capacities from 1TB up to the 10TB model we have been testing in this review. All have the same features and build quality and on both fronts the drive impresses. It was interesting to see that the drive is a little lighter than the previous generation NAS drives (or at least the 8tb model) but that is no bad thing and as we would expect the overall unit feels solid. We still find it strange that Seagate don’t provide a third hole on the side of the drive which means we need to be careful that the drive caddy our NAS uses has the 3rd pin removed but really that’s a minor issue on an otherwise well built/designed product.

Looking at the performance of the drive, power use is decent and the read/write speeds, nearing 260mb/s, are impressive for a mechanical storage device. Key to the drive’s appeal is that it is specifically designed to perform well, be reliable and fully supported in all key brands of NAS. During our testing we experienced no issues in a NAS environment, it was quick to resume from sleep and it also worked without issue on our Windows desktop build.

Summary: A solid set of performance figures and a drive which opens up huge storage potential for users of multi-bay NAS devices.

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