Monday, 09 October 2017 02:00

Seagate's 12TB drives arrive: IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, Barracuda Pro


Seagate has promised to deliver the "highest capacity, reliability and performance available on the market" with new 12TB drive for NAS and desktop computing.

Seagate's new 12TB IronWolf, IronWolf Pro and BarraCuda Pro hard drives are now available, claiming to offer "the highest capacity, reliability and performance in the industry among network-attached storage and desktop HDDs".

Naturally, Seagate says its new drives "further extend the capabilities of its Seagate Guardian Series to meet the growing data needs of large enterprise business, small and medium-sized businesses, and creative professionals".

Across the globe, Seagate states "we are experiencing a massive increase in the volume of data created, with a recent study by IDC and Seagate finding that data creation will swell to a total of 163 zettabytes by 2025, 10x more than today".

As you'd expect, Seagate’s proudly boasts that its latest portfolio of 12TB drives "are designed for today’s media storage needs – including augmented reality, virtual reality, 4K resolution and 360-degree videos – and offer scalability for the future with increased space and speed."

Matt Rutledge, senior vice-president of Business Marketing at Seagate Technology, said: "Our storage hungry customers and partners continue to ask for our latest and greatest technology along with increased capacity and performance in our purpose built products.

“With the 12TB Pro products, Seagate buyers are overcoming capacity constraints in their systems and can access vast amounts of digital data anytime, from anywhere.”

12TB BarraCuda Pro Desktop Drive

Seagate says its 12TB BarraCuda Pro HDD is "the fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable hard drive for desktop computing available on the market today. With 12TB of capacity – double the space of its closest competitor – the BarraCuda Pro can meet any number of demanding data management needs from creative editing workflows to gaming to desktop computing. The drive’s high speed means that data-intensive activities like large file transfers and photo-editing are faster when using BarraCuda Pro".

12TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for NAS

Claiming to offer "the highest capacity, reliability, performance and system scalability in the industry", Seagate says its "12TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro HDDs empower customers to centralise their data onto NAS systems to ensure round-the-clock access for multiple users".

"At 12TB and in only a 3.5 inch form factor, IronWolf and IronWolf Pro offer more capacity in less space, meeting the needs for file-sharing, remote access and backup for SMBs, enterprises and creative professionals."

Alex Wang, chief executive of Synology America Corp, said: "Whether it’s storing your family photos, collaborating on important documents at work, or protecting your home with our video surveillance solutions, Synology NAS enthusiasts will be excited by the addition of Seagate’s 12TB IronWolf drives.

“By working together, Seagate and Synology are providing great ways for people to safeguard their digital lives and get the most out of their private cloud,” presumably proving that Wang cares.

We're told the new 12TB drives "also support Seagate’s leading IronWolf Health Management (IHM) software".

This software is "designed to operate on enabled Synology DiskStation NAS, Asustor NAS, and QNAP NAS, populated with Seagate IronWolf or IronWolf Pro drives", with the promise that "IHM improves the overall system reliability by displaying actionable prevention, intervention or recovery options for the user and will be available within the next quarter with NAS partners".

Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP, said: "We are excited with Seagate’s launch of the industry’s largest capacity NAS drive – the 12TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro.

"QNAP has collaborated with Seagate for many years on product and technology enhancements, working with them to create the best hard drives for NAS users. We believe that Seagate’s new IronWolf family provides the performance, reliability, and capacity needed to dependably store the vast data generated by virtualisation, high-resolution media workflows, the Internet of Things, and other applications driven by modern QNAP NAS solutions.”

The 12TB versions of IronWolf, IronWolf Pro and BarraCuda Pro are now shipping to customers worldwide. More information on the Seagate Guardian Series is here.


The IronWolf 12TB retails AU$689 inc GST, while the IronWolf Pro 12TB retails for AU$779 inc GST. 

There's no pricing yet for the Barracuda Pro as it hasn't yet been released in Australia due to what we're told is "limited market demand" at the moment, but Amazon, NewEgg and other online services are your friend it you want or need this drive in the interim.


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