The capacity of the biggest available hard drives is 10 TB at the moment. Despite their price tag these are ideal drives for those that want to use a single hard drive in their system, or want to fully utilize a NAS with a limited amount of bays. In this article we take a closer look at the new Seagate IronWolf Pro 10 TB.
Last year we saw the introduction of the first 10 TB hard drives, about a year-and-a-half after we welcomed the first 8 TB-models. At the moment the first 12 TB drives (HGST, Seagate) have been announced, but these have not yet entered our test lab. Meanwhile, the number of available 10 TB drives is slowly increasing. Aside from the 10 TB Gold, WD also released 10 TB-versions of their Purple, Red and Red Pro. The sister company of WD, HGST, is also releasing disks with this capacity. The purple drives are meant for use in combination with security cameras while the red drives are meant for use in a NAS. Gold on the other hand is meant for the server market.
Seagate has a comparable structure in their products, where the IronWolfs are meant for use in NAS-devices and the Nighthawks can keep an eye out. Seagate positions the IronWolf Pro, as the name suggests, above the regular IronWolf, which we already reviewed. Like the original model the new Pro operates at 7200-rpm. There are a few extras and one of them is the warranty. At five years it is two years longer than the regular model. Seagate Rescue is also standard for two years, which means that the specialists at Seagate can recover your data in the case of a dramatic crash. Seagate promises a success rate of ninety percent (!). Furthermore, Seagate states that these disks can handle a workload of 300 TB per year which is considerably more than the 180 TB of the standard model.
|Product||Price||Price per gigabyte|
|Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB||£ 399 / € 423||£ 0.040 / € 0.042|
|Seagate Enterprise Capacity 10TB||£ 378 / € 409||£ 0.038 / € 0.041|
|Seagate IronWolf 10TB||£ 355 / € 384||£ 0.036 / € 0.038|
|Seagate IronWolf Pro 10TB||£ 415 / € 449||£ 0.042 / € 0.045|
|Seagate SkyHawk 10TB||£ 342 / € 370||£ 0.034 / € 0.037|
|Western Digital Gold 10TB||£ 410 / € 443||£ 0.041 / € 0.044|
The prices of 10TB hard drives change rapidly. An example is the second most expensive drive, the WD Gold 10 TB, which had an average price of more than 555 pounds / 600 euros up until recently. At the moment you can already purchase a 10 TB drive for 342 pounds / 370 euros or 3.4 pence per gigabyte. The Iron Wolf Pro that we cover in this article is rather expensive and has an average price of about 4.2 pence per gigabyte. With some searching in our Price Comparison you can purchase the Seagate IronWolf Pro for considerably less.