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Seagate ST10000VN0004 10TB IronWolf

Seagate ST10000VN0004 10TB IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 256MB Cache 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive
Price: CDN$ 463.05


Seems like I sold myself on buying Seagate again

My first reaction after opening the bag this was shipped in “This thing is a tank”. If you have a look at the images below you’ll see that this no ordinary 3 1/2-inch drive. It’s not supposed to be either, its meant for use in back up environments but that of course doesn’t mean it can’t be used in a desk top although this isn’t recommended and it would be a big waste of cash.

I won’t be throwing all manner of specifications at you, there are hundreds of sites online that specialize in that sort of thing. I want to provide a real world here’s how it works in real life review and I do provide some screen shots of how the drive is performing in a production server environment.

In the past we had too many Seagate drives fail so we have stayed away from them.

Times change and so it was time to give Seagate another look.

The Iron Wolf drive is a culmination of all the platter drive technology to date. This is one of Seagate’s New ‘Guardian Series Helium HDDs and includes the integration of a rotational vibration sensor. Seagate has the Iron Wolf series rated for workloads of up to 180TB/yr. These drives feature AgileArray, Seagate’s NAS optimisation technology which blends together drive balance, RAID error recovery and power optimisation. Because it’s a helium drive don’t expect to see any breather holes. Its rated for an 8 bay NAS.

In case you’re new to the technology and wondering why helium, using helium (which is 1/7th the density of air) allows drive manufacturers to use thinner platters and be able to pack more of them into a drive chassis. This because using helium inside the drive reduces the drag force acting on the spinning disks as well as reducing flow forces acting around both disks and heads. TADA, rocket science.

I was curious though, after first installing, how long would it take the server to do a full NTFS format? Well it wasn’t quick, 14 1/2 hours which considering how much capacity this drive has that was pretty good.

I have it installed in a working Server 2012 R2 machine running as a single drive for back up purposes at the moment simply because I don’t have a NAS I can install it into as a RAID drive. I will be adding it to a NAS as soon as I have the ability but in the meantime it will be pulling backup duty in the server.

What I can say currently is that it is performing no less that I would expect a drive of this calibre. You can see in the screen shots that both read and write speeds are just over 200 MB/s (simply using Windows for speed) which is faster than you will require in most SOHO environments running gigabit LAN. For the speed tests I transferred an 8+ GB file to and from an on board SSD. I’m very happy with the performance.

I’ve also been keeping an eye on its temperature and it’s been running a steady 38C in a hot swap bay that doesn’t get a great amount of air flow. I look forward to seeing how it does once in a NAS with decent cooling.

I did run Crystal Disk Mark a number of time with the results shown in the images below.

For those who like specs:
Usable Capacities: 10TB
Spindle Speed: 7,200rpm
No. of Heads: 14
No. of Platters (discs) 7
Cache: 256MB
Recording Method: Perpendicular
Areal density (Gb/in2 avg): 867
Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Form Factor: 3.5in
Dimensions: 26.11 x 101.85 x 146.99mm
Drive Weight: 650g

Quoted power figures for the drive of 0.8w typical standby, 4.4W idle and 6.8W for average operations.

Seagate has issued a 3-year warranty on these drives. Not the longest in the industry but decent.

So if you’re running a SOHO or even a data centre production set up and want to expand back up facilities these drives need to be on your radar.

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