by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf Pro 16TB NAS HDD Review

The IronWolf Pro is an NAS family of HDDs designed for 24×7 performance in a multi-drive environment. For this review, we will be looking at the new 16TB model, which expands on the 14GB Pro from earlier this year. This makes for a whopping 384TB inside an 24-bay NAS, allowing users to store a huge amount of data without having to add any expansion units. This is certainly great for creative professionals, SOHO users and all types of growing businesses that work with large datasets, as it offers them a more cost-effective way to scale as data requirements grow. The Seagate IronWolf line features the usual 6Gb/s SATA interface, 7200rpm spindle speed and 1.2 million hours MTBF.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Exos X16 16TB HDD Review

Seagate continues to expand the capacity of their HDDs with the launch of the Exos X16 family earlier this year. As the second name implies, the capacity of these drives runs up to 16TB. The massive capacity in a 3.5” form factor can supply up to 33% more petabytes per rack, compared to 12TB drives. This would make the Exos X16 an ideal choice for hyperscale applications/cloud data centers, scale-out data centers, Big Data applications, and distributed files systems such as Hadoop and Ceph. The drives also have a 14TB version available. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Adds 10TB To Its Ultrastar DC HC300 Family

Recently, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced that it was expanding its Ultrastar DC HC300 line with the addition of a 10TB model, Ultrastar DC HC330. While WD did have a 10TB DC HDD, the previous version as air filled while the Ultrastar DC HC330 is Helium filled meaning fewer disks and heads, while hitting the same capacity. WD goes on to state that the new HC330 comes with nearly a 40% performance boost on low queue random depth writes.

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Begins Shipping 16TB Hard Disk Drives

Today Seagate announced it has been actively shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drive as part of the Exos X16 family. The company also announced that the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Network Attached Storage drive lines will be getting 16TB capacity models.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate IronWolf Health Management Brief

Seagate has been making NAS-specific hard drives for over five years, rebranding as IronWolf in 2016 to reinforce messaging around the drives being “tough, ready, and scalable.” It's not enough though to architect a drive for a specific application like NAS though, Seagate wants to differentiate themselves in the market by offering more. In this case that means IronWolf Health Management (IHM). NAS vendors can integrate with Seagate's IHM gain more visibility into drive health and usage indicators like temperature, shock, vibration, intermittent connections, and signal integrity. From here, the NAS vendor or the user themselves can take action to ensure their data is always safe and secure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces 16TB MG08 Series HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced what it is calling the largest Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD, the MG08 Series. The new HDD series comes in a whopping 16TB, 33% more capacity than the more commonly used 12TB and 14% more capacity than the prior 14TB models. The new MG08 Series leverages CMR meaning that it can be dropped in as a higher capacity replacement for lower capacity drives in several systems. 

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Achieves 16TB HAMR HDD

Seagate announced it has made the first formatted and fully functioning 16TB hard disk drive in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, which makes them the producer of the highest capacity hard disk drives yet. The drive utilizes Seagate’s heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) process, and Seagate expects to make drives with even higher capacities soon. They expect to have a 20TB drive in 2020.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Seagate IronWolf 14TB NAS HDD Review

Increasing popularity in the NAS hard drive space has pressed Seagate to release the highest capacity NAS HDD for the consumer on the market at this time – the IronWolf 14TB NAS HDD. This means that an 8-bay NAS can hold a total of 112TB of data without adding any expansion units, which is ideal for creative professionals, SOHO, and SMB’s that need to keep up with the rapid expansion of data requirements without crippling their budget. The Seagate IronWolf family features a 6Gb/s SATA interface, has a spindle speed of 7200rpm, features 1 million hours MTBF, and comes in smaller capacities ranging from 1TB to 12TB.

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Releases 14TB Drives

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) released a wide range of new 14TB hard drives, enhancing the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Releasing no less than five new drive designs at the same time, Seagate has given us a lot to talk about. The new designs are IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for network attached storage (NAS) applications; the BarraCuda Pro desktop drive; surveillance-targeted SkyHawk; and Exos X14 for data centers.

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by Michael Rink

Toshiba Announces 14TB & 12TB SAS HDD Models

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. announced sampling of their new Enterprise Capacity 14TB and 12TB Helium-sealed SAS HDD models. The MG07SCA Series features 7,200 rpm performance, a SAS 12Gbit Interface, and Advanced Format Sector Technology. The hard disk drive boasts a 9-disk Helium-sealed design and 14TB of Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) capacity for optimum compatibility. Toshiba’s Helium-sealed design fits into industry standard 3.5-inch (26.1 mm) heightdrive bays. 

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