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Seagate IronWolf Hard Drive Review
Review By @ 04:30pm 14/02/20

Product: Seagate IronWolf NAS Hard Drives
Type: Hard Drive (SATA)
Price: $329.00 - $475.00 (6TB - 10TB Models)
Availability: Out Now
Link: seagate.com/au/en/internal-hard-drives/hdd/ironwolf/

When it comes to straight-up storage we’re all of the opinion that SSD is the future – and in the SSD realm, the small form-factor M2 NVMe drive is where it’s at. Speed-wise there’s just nothing quite like being able to boot into Windows 10 in a matter of seconds, but then also fire up something like Control or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and not have to sit through lengthy load-screens. When it comes to SSDs though capacity is an issue, and higher than 1 or 2TB is still TBC. So, where are you going to store all your local files, media, and classic games? And, err, “documents”.

As per our full review of the Seagate BarraCuda SATA3 hard drive – there’s a case to be made for storage than can be measured in the many of terabytes. A single-drive solution that makes sense in a gaming rig, even as a place to store the games of yore, or titles that don’t take up much room. Or all the digital bits and bytes you’ve accumulated over the years.

Enter the Seagate IronWolf range of NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives – which takes big storage to the level usually associated with large server rooms and big corporations.

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As NAS hard drives the Seagate IronWolf line is one where you need two to get the most out of it. Designed to work in a RAID setup, these are basically network storage devices made available to all. That come with the reliability you expect from something designed to sit on a server that multiple people have access too and store their files on. RAID, for those that need a quick little explanation, basically means that with two 10TB Seagate IronWolf drives you’ll end up with a single 20TB drive or 10TB with an extra layer of data security. Setting up a RAID with Seagate IronWolf drives in Windows 10 is straight-forward – so even though you can slot these into a NAS device running in RAID with two or more IronWolf drives (which adds a level of security as the drives effectively ‘mirror’ each other) they can easily fit inside a desktop PC too.

On that front we decided go full madman and setup a NAS storage system. Accessible from any device connected to the network, offering up a gateway to a lifetime’s worth of entertainment. Most modern NAS systems designed for home use offer quick and easy setups managed over the network and with little in the way of installation outside of slotting drives into a bay and then turning them on. That’s not to state that networks and network storage is an easy thing, anyone that has had an issue with wireless or connecting to a router in the past (which is just about anyone) will know that this sort of setup can go from painless to hair-pulling in a matter of seconds. Unrelated to what we’re here to discuss though, that being the Seagate IronWolf NAS hard drives.

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Specs
  • Form Factor: HDD
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Sustained Transfer Rate OD: 210MB/s
  • Spindle Speed (RPM): 7,200
  • Average Operating Power (W): 7.8 W
  • Capacity: 1TB - 16TB (in 2TB increments)

With the spindle speed of 7,200 RPM using CrystalDiskMark to measure the overall speeds of the Seagate IronWolf drives in our possession we were pleased to see the advertised speeds of 210MB/s be a little conservative with results closer to the 225MB/s mark. This handily beats the larger capacity BarraCuda drives from Seagate – though of course, going IronWolf carries with it a larger cost. With decent speeds for a non-SSD unit, being able to add something in the range of 20TB of extra storage to your rig or home network is, well, amazing. Not exactly a thing most people would want, but if you run a Plex media server or access a huge Steam of GOG library across a few devices there’s a reason to NAS it up.

Seagate offers extended warranty and a large enough lifespan across the IronWolf range, so on the reliability front we can’t really test these claims other than to state that we’ve had no issues over the past several months – and there’s plenty more warranty time left. In the end, there’s always a need for ungodly amounts of storage – for storing game capture to HD media files to game data measured in the tens of gigabytes. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can fill up 12 TB (we used two 6 TB models in our testing) – which makes the case for going NAS something to consider.
What we liked
Big storage capacity
Perfect for RAID setups or NAS systems
Better speeds than most lower-cost drives
What we didn't like
Getting all those TBs is expensive
We gave it:
8.5
OUT OF 10