Not surprisingly, the performance of the Seagate IronWolf 12TB is between the 10TB and 12TB Ironwolf Pro variants. The performance is good especially for large folder transfers as it performs better than both drives.
Feature sets for NAS!
The main selling points are the SOHO NAS specific features as the drive has RV sensors and its labelled Agile Array. Seagate has three 12TB variants, both the Ironwolf series and the Barracuda Pro. With mechanical HDDs showing no difference in the mass storage market, we can only hope the large storage drives eventually be mainstream choice much like the 3TB series at the time NAS HDDs were launched.
Who will buy it?
There are two types of people who will use this drive, those with fully built PC systems in mini-ITX form factor and need NAS drives are they built to be used in NAS which are usually a very small factor and stacked next to each other in tight spaces.
Naturally, large capacity drives don’t sell often. For now, this is the largest capacity NAS HDD you can buy. There are 12TB variants from Seagate Ironwolf Pro and Barracuda lineups. While the drives are recommended to be used in NAS between 1 to 8 HDDs, it is very rare to see SOHO-purpose NAS units going anywhere beyond four HDD bays at best. Still, once upon a time, a 3TB HDD carried a premium but it took some time to get accepted by mass storage users. Still, one of these HDDs carries a premium of a decent mid-end system without a mid-range performance graphics card.
You can buy the Seagate IronWolf 12TB via Overclockers UK from here.
- Large storage
- Large multiple file transfer speed
- 7200RPM 256MB Cache for SOHO NAS
- Price is very steep
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) September 19, 2018