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Seagate Releases First Consumer-Grade 12TB Hard Drives - Starting at $390
By Jon Sutton on October 5th, 2017 at 04:30pm - original article from game-debate

Seagate has dropped a bomb among the consumer hard drive sector, releasing a trio of mass storage 12TB Helium HDD’s with price tags that won’t make your eyes water quite so much.

The drives are targeted at three different sectors of normal PC users, ranging from the Barracuda Pro Compute, ideal for desktop users, home servers, content creators and workstations, up to the IronWolf Pro NAS which is for use in 1-16 bay NAS enclosures.

Previously, the largest consumer drives Seagate offered were 10TB, so this sets a new benchmark. They’re also the fastest consumer hard disk drives around - the 12TB Barracuda Pro Compute clocks in at 7200 RPM with a 256MB DRAM cache and maximum sequential performance of 250MB/s. It also has an extremely low TDP of 7.8W and a five-year warranty that should ensure it a long lifespan.

“Our storage hungry customers and partners continue to ask for our latest and greatest technology along with increased capacity and performance in our purpose built products,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of Business Marketing at Seagate Technology. “With the 12TB Pro products, Seagate buyers are overcoming capacity constraints in their systems and can access vast amounts of digital data anytime, from anywhere.”

And now for the all-important bit - pricing. The Seagate Barracuda Pro Compute is available for $430, $100 cheaper than the cost of a 10GB Seagate drive. The IronWolf NAS is $390 and the IronWolf Pro NAS. Still pricey, but it’s a heck of a lot of storage in a tiny space. Obviously, from a gaming point of view they’re not going to touch SSD performance, but for mass storage, it becomes a tempting proposition, particularly as we increasingly ushered into the 4K era.

“Whether it’s storing your family photos, collaborating on important documents at work, or protecting your home with our video surveillance solutions, Synology NAS enthusiasts will be excited by the addition of Seagate’s 12TB IronWolf drives,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology America Corp. “By working together, Seagate and Synology are providing great ways for people to safeguard their digital lives and get the most out of their private cloud.” Sure, Alex, we’re using it to store ‘important documents’.


Barracuda Pro Compute

IronWolf NAS

IronWolf Pro NAS

Model Number




Use Cases

Content Creators Desktops / Workstations

Consumer Desktops / AiOs

Home Servers

Entry-level DAS Units

1-8 bay NAS Enclosures

1-16 bay NAS Enclosures


7200 RPM


SATA 6 Gbps

DRAM Cache

256 MB

Maximum Sustained Transfer Rate

250 MB/s

210 MB/s

250 MB/s

Rated Workload

300 TB/yr

180 TB/yr

300 TB/yr

Load / Unload Cycles



Power (Active Load)




5 years

(Includes 2 years data recovery service)

3 years

5 years

(Includes 2 years data recovery service)

Launch Price




All three of Seagate's Guardian range Pro hard disk drives are available to buy from today.

Anyone in the market for some mass storage? Any use for this much space? Let us know!