Seagate Introduces 16TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro NAS Hard Drives

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Seagate Introduces 16TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro NAS Hard Drives

How much storage is too much storage? Whatever that limit may be, it clearly hasn’t been hit yet, since Seagate just eclipsed the current class-leading capacity of 14TB with the introduction of 16TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro hard drives. Both the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives feature the SATA III 6 Gb/s interface, a rotational speed of 7200 rpm, a 256MB cache, a 3.5" form factor, and are designed for use in 24/7 NAS environments, or 8,760 hours per year. However, between the IronWolf and the IronWolf Pro, which may be better suited for your needs?

Seagate 16TB IronWolf 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD

The IronWolf is best used in 1-8 bay NAS environments within home, SOHO, and SMB settings. It features data-transfer speeds of up to 210 MB/s, has an MTBF (mean time between failure) rating of 1 million hours, can withstand 600,000 load/unload cycles, 1 in 1015 no-recoverable read errors per bits read, and a workload rate of up to 180TB per year. The IronWolf is protected by a limited three-year warranty.

Seagate 16TB IronWolf Pro 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD

If your NAS setup is more serious, you’ll want to consider the IronWolf Pro, which is made for 1-16 bay NAS environments within commercial and enterprise settings. To handle any increased workloads, data transfers speeds are increased up to 250 MB/s, its MTBF failure rating is increased 1.2 million hours, and its workload rate grows to 300TB. It also features an annualized failure rate (AFR) of 0.73%, a limited 2-year data recovery warranty, and a limited 5-year general warranty.

Both the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives use AgileArray technology, which helps with dual-plane balancing and RAID optimization in multi-raid environments with advanced power management. Furthermore, Rotational Vibration (RV) sensors come standard to help maintain high performance in multi-bay NAS enclosures. Overall drive health is maintained by IronWolf Health Management.

Is 16TB enough for you, or do you still need more? Feel free to leave your comments below.

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