Seagate Ironwolf 12TB SATA3

Hard Drive

Seagate Ironwolf 12TB 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 Ironwolf line of hard drives are optimized for 24/7 operation in multi-drive configurations. They are not the fastest drives, but their combination of features and quiet operation make them a perfect choice for home / office servers and mid-sized RAIDs. They also work great as individual drives for systems which just need extra storage space without adding a lot of cost or noise.

Model: Seagate ST12000VN0008


Capacity 12,000 GB
Rotation Speed 7200 RPM
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
Cache Size 256 MB
Form Factor 3.5 Inch
Idle Noise 18 dB
Seek Noise 28 dB
Peak Power Draw 8 Watts
Large Drive Mounting Yes
Net Weight 0.690 kg (1.5 lbs)
Sequential Read (Peak) 210 MB/s
Sequential Write (Peak) 210 MB/s