SEAGATE IRONWOLF 14TB ST14000VN008 HDD Review

  1. About the Ironwolf 14TB NAS HDD...
  2. How its tested??
  3. AS SSD Benchmark
  4. ATTO Benchmark
  5. Futuremark Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Disk Access Test
  7. IOMETER Benchmark
  8. Transfer Tests
  9. Concluding Remarks
  10. Online Purchase Links


Disclosure: The IRONWOLF 14 TB ST14000VN008 is loaned by Seagate for review purpose.

About Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pros

Seagate Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pro HDD lineups are for NAS storage like WD RED and Red Pro series HDDs. The sub-series segmentation between the two brands is somewhat similar, atleast on paper. Ironwolf variants are made NAS for home/ SOHO and small businesses which typically consists of 1 to 8-bay NAS units. Naturally, they’re aiming towards the same customer base. Ironwolf Pro has higher feature sets as meant to operate in NAS with up to 24-bays, with 300TB/ year multi-user optimisation, higher Meantime Between Failures (MTBF), included data rescue service and therefore 5-year warranty.

Ironwolf NAS HDDs have 1 million MTBF and 180TB/ year multi-user optimization. It provides a three-year warranty and does not pre-include its data rescue plans.

About the Seagate Ironwolf 14TB…

This is the Ironwolf 14TB ST14000VN008 HDD drive, its highest capacity storage drive with 7,200 RPM. Apart from its elusive pricing, it would attract some type of users who will need 12.7 TB formatted mechanical drive in a single package.  All of this while maintaining its MTBF lifespan.

This Ironwolf and the Barracuda Pro 14TB use an aluminium chassis which are sealed tight to keep the helium inside. Helium helps to reduce resistance between the platters during operation and therefore better performance as its spindle’s rotational speeds are more effective against friction.

Storage Capacity

Many of such users are prosumers who store a lot of content for entertainment and professional reasons. The main on-paper specification shows the Seagate Ironwolf having 7200 RPM speeds, unlike WD Red which is in 5,400 RPM. While both companies can match capacity storage in mechanical drives, Seagate managed to get the upper hand.

Specification

Specifications14TB
Standard Model NumbersST14000VN0008
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/s
Features and Performance
Drive Bays Supported1-8 Bays
Multi-User Technology180TB/year
Rotational Vibration (RV) SensorYes
Dual-Plane BalanceYes
Error Recovery ControlYes
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate OD (MB/s)210MB/s
Spindle Speed (RPM)7200
Cache (MB)256
Reliability
1 Load/Unload Cycles600,000
Nonrecoverable Read Errors Rate, Max1 per 10E15
Power-On Hours8760
Workload Rate Limit (WRL)180
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours)1,000,000
Limited Warranty (years)3
Power Management
Startup Current, Typical (12V, A)1.8
Average Operating Power (W)7.9W
Idle Average (W)5.3W
Standby Mode/Sleep Mode, Typical (W)0.8/0.8
Voltage Tolerance, Inc. Noise (5V)±5%
Voltage Tolerance, Inc. Noise (12V)±10%
Environmental/Temperature
Operating (ambient, min °C)5
2 Operating (drive case, max °C)70
Nonoperating (ambient, min °C)-40
Nonoperating (ambient, max °C)70
Halogen FreeYes
Environmental/Shock
Shock, Operating/Nonoperating: 2ms (max)70Gs/250Gs

Seagate’s ‘AgileArray’ is a combination of NAS specific features. This includes vibration tolerance, RV sensors, Multi-user optimization, RAID optimization and others. Seagate also has an embedded Health Management software which is used by some NAS to provide additional data about these HDD’s health status. It works in addition to S.M.A.R.T. functions and has six error code indicators:

The NAS which supports the newer codes gives information from the RV sensors and the SMART scan.

Internal Subcomponents

Seagate Iron 14TB Ironwolf uses the NANYA NT5CC128M16IP-D1 cache chip. Just like the Barracuda Pro 14TB, the thermal pads were practically glued in a sense that removing it will damage it beyond the point of reuse.

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