The first of these drives, and the one likely to be most relevant to our readers is the 7200rpm BarraCuda Pro. This is the first HDD to use the BarraCuda moniker (albeit this time with a capitalized “C”) since the name was originally retired in 2013. The BarraCuda Pro family is available in 6GB, 8GB and 10TB capacities, which are backed with 128MB (6GB) or 256MB (8GB, 10TB) of cache. Seagate says that these drives are targeted for “everyday desktop computing and storage” and are rated for a 300TB/year workload, with 24/7 operation.
The next drive, the FireCuda, is a bit out of place in this lineup of heavy-hitting 10TB storage monsters. The FireCuda is only available in up to a 2TB capacity, but includes 64MB cache and 8GB of NAND flash, which makes it a solid-state hard drive (SSHD). Seagate isn’t as confident in the robustness of the FireCuda, as it is only rated 55TB/year and should only be used for eight hours a day, five days a week.
The IronWolf is geared towards small business users and is optimized to work in up to 8-bay NAS systems. IronWolf drives features AgileArray firmware, which is specifically designed for optimum performance in a NAS environment. Seagate says that the IronWolf family, which is available in up to 10TB storage capacities, is up to 25 perfect faster than competing products in this category, has a 180TB/year workload rating and can operate on a 24-7 basis.
The final piece to Seagate’s 10TB puzzle is the SkyHawk, which is designed for use in video surveillance systems. Once again, the SkyHawk is available in up to 10TB storage capacities and otherwise shares its specs and workload ratings with the aforementioned IronWolf.
“Whether it’s dominating in the latest game, producing compelling multimedia content, mining data to help create new apps and business services, helping to protect people and places around the world against new threats, and more, the Seagate Guardian Series is designed to preserve your most critical data and move it where it’s needed fast so you can make the most of it,” said Matt Rutledge, SVP of Client and Consumer Storage for Seagate. “By incorporating powerful new features and capabilities, our 10TB products also make it easier for everyone to create, consume and use data.”
The BarraCuda Pro and FireCuda come backed with a 5-year warranty, while the IronWolf and SkyHawk both feature 3-year warranties. The 10TB BarraCuda Pro, 2TB FireCuda, 10TB IronWolf and 10TB SkyHawk are priced at $534, $110, $470 and $460 respectively.