Seagate IronWolf Pro


PC & Tech Authority - - REVIEWS - Ben Man­sill

T his is Seagate’s pre­mium hard drive for use in a NAS. As such, the de­sign pri­or­i­ties are reli­a­bil­ity, ca­pac­ity and speed. Low power con­sump­tion is also im­por­tant, as is data se­cu­rity. And the IronWolf Pro de­liv­ers on all counts. Ca­pac­ity is no is­sue, with six mod­els span­ning 1 to 10TB. Spin­dle speeds vary per model, with the 6, 8 and 10TB run­ning at 7200RPM and the oth­ers at 5900RPM. We tested the 10TB model in a Synol­ogy DS916 us­ing Crys­tal Disk Mark and recorded av­er­age se­quen­tial read speeds of just over 250.2MB/sec and write of 230MB/sec.

One ad­van­tage of run­ning this in a Synol­ogy NAS is its sup­port for Seagate’s IronWolf Health Man­age­ment (sup­ported in DSM 6.1 or higher), which al­lows no­ti­fi­ca­tions cover­ing drive health and also o¥ers up sug­ges­tions for en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions. The IronWolf Pro is de­signed for 24/7 NAS op­er­a­tion, and is built to han­dle the vibration in­her­ent in such con­di­tions. AgileAr­ray is an­other Seagate tech­nol­ogy that helps with NAS de­pend­abil­ity. It in­cludes sev­eral fea­tures, in­clud­ing vibration sen­sors, power man­age­ment and er­ror re­cov­ery.

This is strictly a NAS drive, as all the NASen­hanced tech­nolo­gies add to the cost, so for desk­top use it’s not re­ally cost e¦cient. Part of what makes the Pro se­ries (as op­posed to reg­u­lar IronWolf NAS drives) es­pe­cially ap­peal­ing is the free in­clu­sion of Seagate’s Res­cue Data Re­cov­ery Ser­vice (which is a paid op­tion for non-Pro dives). It claims up to 90% suc­cess for data re­cov­ery in the event of fail­ure or en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues like power surges of a NAS con­troller fail­ure.

It’s a rel­a­tively quiet drive, too, so if you’re us­ing it at home in a me­dia server in the liv­ing room it shouldn’t be too in­tru­sive. Re­ally though this is a stor­age so­lu­tion in­tended for mul­ti­ple-bay use in a SOHO or SMB en­vi­ron­ment. It packs in the full set of Seagate’s reli­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance tech­nolo­gies, as well as free data re­cov­ery. It doesn’t get much bet­ter for NAS-use.

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