Seagate Exos X24 16TB SATA3

Hard Drive

Seagate Exos X24 16TB SATA3 Main Picture

Background on Hard Disk Drives

Traditional hard drives operate by storing data on one or more spinning metal disks, called platters. The more platters there are in a drive, and the more data that can be crammed onto each platter, is what determines the overall storage capacity of a given hard drive. Having more platters also tends to mean louder drives, though rotational speed affects that as well. Rotational speed also impacts the drive's performance: if platters spin faster the drive can reach data in different areas more quickly and read or write more information per second.

The alternative to hard drives is solid state drives, which are many times faster but much more expensive for the same amount of capacity. The price gap is dropping over time, so SSDs are becoming more and more preferred for us. For performance, reliability, and noise reduction, SSDs are really the way to go.

Seagate's Exos X24 enterprise hard drives deliver maximum storage capacity with the highest rack-space efficiency. These drives are ideally suited to use in rackmount servers where reliability and capacity are most important, without consideration for noise. Performance is at the top-end of what hard drives are capable of offering, but of course pales in comparison to more expensive solid-state drives.

Model: Seagate ST16000NM002H


Capacity 16384 GB
Rotation Speed 7200 RPM
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
Cache Size 512 MB
Form Factor 3.5 Inch
Average Seek Time 4.16 ms
Peak Power Draw 8.9 Watts
Net Weight .685 kg (1.5 lbs)
Sequential Read (Peak) 285 MB/s
Sequential Write (Peak) 285 MB/s
Random 4KB Read 168 IOPS
Random 4KB Write 550 IOPS