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Seagate BarraCuda Pro 14 TB ST14000DM001 HDD Review

  1. About the BarraCuda Pro 14TB 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
  11. View All


Disclosure: The Barracuda Pro 14 TB ST14000DM001 is loaned by Seagate for review purpose.

About the Barracuda Pro HDD Lineups…

The BarraCuda Pro lineups of mechanical HDDs cater to home to prosumer usage, with two-year data recovery cover and a 5-year warranty. Seagate states the following are BarraCuda Pro’s best use case:

  • Desktop or all-in-one PCs
  • Home servers
  • Creative pros systems
  • Entry-level direct-attached storage devices (DAS)

About these DAS units…

Aftermarket DAS is a market not many are picking up, yet. But it does make sense to have such HDDs for such purpose. The Barracuda Pro drives are 7,200 RPM spindle drives with up to 256 MB Cache depending on the capacity and max transfer rate up to 220 MB/s and rated power consumption of 6.8 watts on any of its Barracuda Pro HDDs.

Provided recovery program woes

Seagate’s included recovery coverage is dependent on the service agency. This issue also applies on WD as they couldn’t confirm this support for its Red Pro NAS HDDs. It doesn’t absolve either of them since the pricing of this is included with the drive. Irrespective of the manufacturer, if it is an advertised feature and sold locally, it has to provide that official support.

Storage Capacity

What I am reviewing is the Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST14000DM001 HDD, a 14 TB drive which has a spindle of eight discs and 256MB buffer. This is the largest storage capacity drive you can get your hands on.

Specification

Specifications 14 TB
Standard Model Numbers
ST14000DM001
Bytes per Sector 512
Performance
Interface SATA 6Gb/s
SATA Transfer Rates Supported (Gb/s) 6.0/3.0/1.5
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate OD

(MB/s)

250MB/s
Cache, Multi-segmented (MB) 256
Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/Unload Cycles 300,000
Non-recoverable Read Errors per Bits

Read, Max

1 per 10E15
Power-On Hours per Year (24×7) 8,760
Data Recovery and Rescue Services Yes
1 Workload Rate Limit (TB/year) 300
Limited Warranty (years) 5
Power Management
Startup Power (A) 2
Operating Mode, Typical (W) 6.9
Idling Average (W) 4.9 W
Standby Mode/Sleep Mode, Typical (W) 0.8/0.8
Environmental/Temperature
Operating (ambient, min) 0°C
Operating (drive case, max) 60°C
Non-operating (ambient) -40°C – 70°C
Halogen-free Yes
RoHS compliance Yes
Physical
Height (mm/in, max) 26.11 mm/1.028 in
Width (mm/in, max) 101.85 mm/4.01 in
Depth (mm/in, max) 146.99 mm/5.787 in
Weight (lb/g) 690 g/1.521 lb
Carton Unit Quantity 20
Cartons per Pallet / Cartons per Layer 40/8

These mechanical HDD weights are very relevant now since newer PC cases with HDD/SSD cages are either concealed, usually hidden away in a corner or behind the motherboard tray with little to no direct active airflow. The Seagate BarraCuda Pro 14TB is rated to weigh at 690 grams. Those vertical clamps need to be strong. Unfortunately, some PC makers may oversee this.

Internal Sub-Components

The Seagate BarraCuda Pro 14 TB ST14000DM001 HDD uses a cache from Nanya. I cannot find out the controller and motor controller’s make since the thermal pads are tightly pressed and usually tears around its IHS when removed.


The system that I am using is to test most of the hardware. The same operating system, choice of SATA III port (SATA_1), version of the benchmark software and the testing method is maintained throughout the graph.

Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Processor+ Cooler Intel i7 4790k + Noctua NH-U12S
Motherboard Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT
RAM 8 GB Kingston DDR3 HyperX
Primary Storage 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD
Source Storage 3 TB WD Red WD30EFRX
Power Supply ANTEC 1200W Quattro
PC Case Lian Li A70F

The testing methods are as follows:

AS SSD and ATTO Benchmark

Futuremark Storage Benchmarks: and PCMark 8 V2 Storage Test

AIDA64 Average Read/Write Access Tests: 64KB Block Size

Sequential Data Performance Test (4K Aligned and 512 KiB)

Random Data Performance Test (4 KiB and 256 KiB)

Transfer Test

AS SSD Benchmark

Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD’s access time.

Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive’s behaviour when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data’s compressibility.

Data Throughput

IOPS Test

ATTO Benchmark

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

PCMark 8 Storage Test

Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.


Total IOPS

Read Test

Write Test

Average I/O Response Time

Read Test

Write Test


About temperature and power…

With an ambient in case temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, the Barracuda Pro 14 TB HDD operates between 35 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius idle and load. That’s usually the case with mechanical HDDs in a PC case under such conditions.  This is the largest capacity storage drive any of the two mechanical HDD makes, with 12 TB being around for a while. The power consumption also needs to be low its opted for DAS. A DAS unit which takes power from the USB 3.0 Gen 2 without additional power plug for up to 14TB could be tempting. But it largely depends on DAS makers. At 6.9-watt, this is a very energy efficient hard drive. The 12 TB BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 HDD operates at the same operational power consumption.

Storage Vs. Price

The performance of these drives is where you expect them to be- around 10 TB and 12 TB variants. You’ll be buying this more for the maximum possible storage capacity in a single HDD and the provided recovery program. The AMAZON pricing is $549.99 while the 12 TB Barracuda Pro variant costs $429.98. The additional 2 TB costs US$ 120. As it turns out, a 2TB Barracuda Pro does cost US$ 120. If you’re seeing the value of this HDD only within the BarraCuda Pro lineups, that’s a very good value for money. 

The use case is obvious- to provide mass storage for desktop users in a 3.5″ HDD frame. The gaming PC users wouldn’t really look anything beyond 1-2 TB for storage purpose and have 512 GB to 1 TB SATA SSDs to run games from. Load times matter more, for now. But for those who store a lot of data and want to run from the source, that’s a different situation.

India US UK
NA $549.99 £520.98

You can buy the Seagate Barracuda Pro 14 TB ST14000DM001 via Overclockers UK from here.

  • 6.9-watt operational power consumption for its capacity
  • Provided data recovery services
  • Largest storage capacity
  • Five-Years Warranty
  • Price for its capacity and service in-tune with 1TB Barracuda Pro units
  • Recovery services might not be available depending on the country of purchase


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India

NA


United States


United Kingdom


You can buy the Seagate Barracuda Pro 14 TB ST14000DM001 via Overclockers UK from here.

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