Home / PC H/W Reviews / Core PC Components / PC Storage and RAM Kit Reviews / Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB ST12000NE0007 NAS HDD Review

Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB ST12000NE0007 NAS HDD Review

  1. About the Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10TB 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
  11. View All


Disclosure: The IronWolf Pro 12TB NAS HDD is sent by Seagate

Reviewing the IronWolf Pro 12TB ST12000NE0007 NAS Drive…

Earlier, we’ve talked about the IronWolf Pro series and test its IronWolf Pro 10TB drive. We’re reviewing the IronWolf Pro 12TB NAS HDD and see how this performs. It should be interesting to observe if this NAS HDD holds similar performance. To give a concise explanation, IronWolf Pro is made for commercial NAS operations. Naturally associated with the “Pro” word, it is recommended for NAS builds up to 16 bay drives, a higher mean time between failures, five years warranty period with rescue support for up to two years, vibration sensors and optimized HDDs for multi-user connections.

Since we already about its features and benefits of the IronWolf Pro earlier, we’ll simply go ahead with the testing.

Specification

Specifications 12TB 10 TB
Standard Model Number ST12000NE0007 ST10000NE0004
Interface SATA 6Gb/s
Features
Drive Bays Supported Up to 16 Bays
Multi-User Technology (TB/yr) 300
Rotational Vibration (RV) Sensors Yes
2 Hot-Plug Support Yes
Cache (MB) 256
Reliability/Data Integrity
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,200,000
Reliability Rating @ Full 24×7 Operation (AFR) 0.73%
Non-recoverable Read Errors per Bits Read, Max 1 per 10E15
Power-On Hours per Year (24×7) 8,760
Sector Size (Bytes per Logical Sector) 512E
3 Rescue Services Yes
Limited Warranty (years) 5
Performance
Spindle Speed (RPM) 7,200
Interface Access Speed (Gb/s) 6.0, 3.0, 1.5
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate OD (MB/s) 250MB/s 214MB/s
Average Latency (ms) 4.16
Interface Ports Single
Rotational Vibration @ 10-1,500 Hz (rad/s ) 12.5
Power Consumption
Startup Current, Typical (12V, A) 2
Idle Power, Average (W) 5.0
Average Operating Power (W) 7.8 W
Standby Mode (W) 0.8
Sleep Mode (W) 0.8
Power Supply Requirements +12 V and +5 V
Environmental/Temperature
Operating (ambient, min °C) 5
Operating (drive case, max °C) 60
Non-operating (ambient, min °C) -40
Non-operating (ambient max °C) 70
Environmental/Acoustics
Vibration, Non-operating:
10 Hz to 500 Hz (Grms)
2.27
Environmental/Shock
Shock, Operating 2 ms
(Read/Write) (Gs)
70/40 Gs
Shock, Non-operating, 1 ms
and 2 ms (Gs)
250
Physical
Height (mm/in) 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) 705 g/1.55 lb

Interestingly, the only difference between IronWolf Pro 12TB and the previously reviewed 10TB is the storage capacity and max sustained transfer rate.

The IronWolf Pro 12TB gives you 10.9 TB of usable storage.


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 8GB Kingston DDR3 HyperX
Primary Storage 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD
Secondary Storage 3TB WD Red WD30EFRX
Power Supply Thermaltake DPS-GOLD 750W
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


For a 12TB HDD, the IronWolf Pro 12TB has a good access time, with its performance just below its 10TB variant. Mechanical HDDs still dominate cost/GB ratio compared to SSDs. The IronWolf Pro is meant to work in 24×7 environments with larger stacks than a normal home user would possibly keep. Apart from the IronWolf Pro exclusive features and support, it also has IronWolf Health Management utility which works with certain NAS listed on its website.

India US UK
NA  $458.16 £415.99

You can buy the Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB via Overclockers UK from here.

  • Write Performance
  • Access Speeds
  • Five-year Warranty
  • Two-year data retrieval services.
  • Price if the two-year data retrieval services are not provided in your country

Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB ST12000NE0007 NAS HDD Review from hardware


These are affiliate links where we get a small referral fee if something is purchased from the links above. While this doesn’t add any extra cost from non-affiliated links, it helps us to gain funds to pay the bills for hosting and get required resources for testing. If our reviews helped you, buying from our affiliate links helps a lot!

India

NA

United States


United Kingdom

You can buy the Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB via Overclockers UK from here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*