Seagate IronWolf 12TB NAS HDD Review

  1. About the Seagate Ironwolf 12TB NAS HDD...
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. AS SSD Benchmark
  4. ATTO Benchmark
  5. Futuremark Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Disk Access Test
  7. IOMETER Benchmark
  8. Transfer Tests
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links


Disclosure: The Ironwolf 12TB NAS HDD is loaned by Seagate

This is the Ironwolf 12TB NAS mechanical hard drive, the non-pro variant of the previously reviewed NAS HDD from Seagate. I’ve already summarized the differences between the Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pro series, not much different from WD Red and RED Pro.

Specifications

This is the 12TB Ironwolf NAS HDD ST12000VN0007 which also has another variant ST12000VN0008.

Specifications12TB12 TB
Standard Model NumbersST12000VN0007ST12000VN0008
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/sSATA 6Gb/s
Features and Performance
Drive Bays Supported1-8 Bays1 – 8 Bays
Multi-User Technology180TB/year180 TB/year
Rotational Vibration (RV) SensorYesYes
Dual-Plane BalanceYesYes
Error Recovery ControlYesYes
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate OD (MB/s)210MB/s210MB/s
Spindle Speed (RPM)72007200
Cache (MB)256256
Reliability
Load/Unload Cycles1600,000600,000
Non-recoverable Read Errors Rate, Max1 per 10E151 per 10E15
Power-on Hours8,7608,760
Workload Rate Limit (WRL)180180
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours)1,000,0001,000,000
Limited Warranty (years)33
Power Management
Startup Current, Typical (12V, A)1.81.8
Average Operating Power (W)7.8W7.8 W
Idling Average (W)5.0W5 W
Standby Mode/Sleep Mode, Typical (W)0.8/0.80.8/0.8
Voltage Tolerance, Inc. Noise (5 V)±5%±5%
Voltage Tolerance, Inc. Noise (12 V)±10%±10%
Environmental/Temperature
Operating (ambient, min °C)55
Operating (drive case, max °C)27070
Non-operating (ambient, min °C)-40-40
Non-operating (ambient max °C)7070
Halogen-freeYesYes
Environmental/Shock
Shock, Operating/Non-operating: 2 ms (max)70Gs/250Gs70Gs/250Gs
Environmental/Acoustics
Idle (typical)2.8bels1.8 bels
Seek (typical)3.2bels2.8 bels
Physical
Height (mm/in)26.11mm/1.028in26.11 mm/1.028 in
Width (mm/in, max)101.85mm/4.01in101.85 mm/4.01 in
Depth (mm/in, max)146.99mm/5.787in146.99 mm/5.787 in
Weight (g/lb, typical)705g/1.55lb690 g/1.521 lb
Carton Unit Quantity2020
Cartons per Pallet / Cartons per Layer40/840/8

The key differences is in sound level and weight as the 007 revision is on the higher side.

HDD Sub-Components

The IronWolf 12TB NAS HDD carries a three-year warranty. Nothing has changed in terms of controllers and motors on the PCB, with Seagate still using a SMOOTH motor controller and Avago controller with a 256MB Cache. We’re testing the 007 variant.

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