Seagate Ironwolf

Not a lot of time has passed since small capacity storage devices like floppy disks and compact disks were in vogue. These devices would only give you megabytes worth of storage space. We would carry Mbs of vital information around in them and be very content, yet only a few years later, here we are, reviewing a hard drive with about 10 terabytes worth of storage space. It is impressive to see how tech has evolved in such a short time.

Having a hard drive with ten terabytes worth of space might sound overboard. It is almost impossible to think of anyone who would need that amount of space on their computers. But with evolving times, file sizes have gradually become much larger, and this is a trend that is likely to continue. Hence devices with much bigger storage space for your data, like the Seagate Ironwolf regular and Ironwolf Pro, have been developed to meet this need. They have been designed to process, back-up, and store terabytes worth of data with ease and finesse.

Additionally, the Seagate Ironwolf is a hard drive created for use in a NAS system. This is a system of computers put together to operate in a network. In such a system, you need a hard drive that can store plenty of information and keep a back-up of files. Your home or office network is set to run smoothly on one of these drives.

This drive offers oodles of space, allowing you to save and back-up tonnes of data and even speeds up the processing pace of your computers. It is a drive focused on reliability, steady performance, and maximum storage space. 

However, if the space provided by this device still sounds excessive, Seagate offers other hard drives with less space.

What is the Ironwolf drive?

This is one of the professional drives manufactured and sold by Seagate. It is a product designed for businesses and persons who require space, capacity, speed, and reliability in their data storage solutions. All the drives designed by Seagate are meant for use in NAS systems but can still be used by anyone who wishes to have a reliable data storage space on their computer.

These drives are designed to run for seven days per week, for twenty-four hours every single day; reading, copying, and writing data. They are thus very powerful devices. To ensure that they never get too warm, they have a rotation speed that changes automatically to keep temperatures in check. This also goes a long way in conserving electrical energy used.

Ironwolf drive and Ironwolf Pro

Seagate has designed the Ironwolf Pro range for those who want more. The Ironwolf drive is good but the Ironwolf Pro is better, faster, and also more expensive.

Features

The Seagate Ironwolf regular and Ironwolf Pro are hard drives designed to operate in a NAS system. NAS is a shortened version of Network Attached Storage. It means that the hard drive is made specifically to provide storage to a network of computers. This could be at home or in the office. It thus has extra features that you would not find in any ordinary hard disk drive.

Both drives are designed with AgileArray firmware installed. The drives are therefore better at RAID arrays, recognizing and correcting errors much faster. Because of Ironwolf health management, it is also possible to keep tabs on the health of your drive.

The hard drives are fitted with vibration sensors designed to reduce vibration. Normal hard drives vibrate immensely. Thus, when many of them are put close together, the strong vibrations tend to affect performance. Ironwolf hard drives do not suffer from this problem. The sensors within reduce vibrations in multi-drive devices.

The Ironwolf drive can handle a whopping 180 terabytes worth of data every single year. This is a huge amount of data. As such, this is an ideal product for small and medium businesses and organizations. If using this device at home, it is highly unlikely that you will ever move that kind of data even over a decade.

Performance

This drive has some pretty impressive features and specs. But how does this device perform?

Both Ironwolf regular and Ironwolf Pro drives are impressive devices, with the ability to process at least 180 terabytes of data a year. The former drive can transfer up to 180 megabytes of data per second, which is itself very impressive. The latter can transfer 40 more megabytes of data at the same time. Both the Ironwolf regular and Ironwolf Pro have a capacity of at least 60 megabytes of cache. This means that you get to enjoy faster access to data on your network, and faster data back- up to speeds. The transfer of data and information from a computer to the next is easier and simpler.

To make the deal even sweeter, Seagate offers its clients a 5-year long warranty on their hard drives. Whatever fault your drive may have, the Seagate customer care service will correct it for free. They will also assist you in recovering data lost because of a malfunctioning drive.

Verdict

Ironwolf drives are the “regular” or “Pro” version, are beautiful, and quite impressive drives to choose if in need of immense storage space for your data. The drives are built to be fast, perform better than other competitor’s drives, last much longer, and are priced very competitively.  The fact that their performance is impeccable and that they last a pretty long time makes them ideal for incremental NAS usage. As your storage demands increase, the system can handle any additional stress.

If using the drive like an in-system drive for professional use, it is possible to rely on it all by itself. You will need a faster drive from where your software and operating system can run from. For instance, the NVME drive can process data 20 times faster than the Ironwolf could. It, however, lacks the storage capacity and longevity the Ironwolf provides. Pairing these two will increase your computer’s data processing capabilities to a new high. The Ironwolf drive provides the space while the NVME provides the speed.

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