Seagate IronWolf and Exos Drive Models - Exposed

Seagate IronWolf and Exos Drive Models - Exposed

Models and Overview

Seagate has stolen the march on its competitors with the rebranding and in some instances redesigning the NAS, SATA, and SAS hard disk drives as well as the Solid-State Drives. Clearly, with the advent of new model names – it does become challenging to sort out the wheat from the chaff.

Selecting which drives best suited for NAS servers does depend on the nature of work and the load the drives are going to be exposed to. Workload is important as the drives must take the strain, using a NAS 24/7/365 is very different from the one used in an office or home infrequently.

Specification and Features

Seagate IronWolf NAS - The Seagate IronWolf NAS Series are ideally suited for the connected home, small home office, and entry-level small business NAS.

Seagate Ironwolf 10TB

Model

Capacity

Warranty

Spindle Rate (RPM)

Multi-User Optimization (Workload)

DATA Rescue Services

IronWolf

ST10000VN0004

10TB

3-year warranty

7200

180TB/year

Optional

IronWolf    

ST8000VN0022

8TB

3-year warranty

7200

180TB/year

Optional

IronWolf    

ST6000VN0033

6TB

3-year warranty

7200

180TB/year

Optional

IronWolf    

ST4000VN008

4TB

3-year warranty

5900

180TB/year

Optional

IronWolf    

ST3000VN007

3TB

3-year warranty

5900

180TB/year

Optional

IronWolf    

ST2000VN004

2TB

3-year warranty

5900

180TB/year

Optional

IronWolf    

ST1000VN002

1TB

3-year warranty

5900

180TB/year

Optional

 

Observing the chart depicts the 1TB-4TB drives have a spindle rate of 5900rpm these will be slower than the 7200rpm drives and will also be less noisy as well.

The Seagate IronWolf NAS drives come with a standard three-year warranty, and the DATA Rescue Services are optional. Ideally suited for NAS appliances with 1-8 bays. Workload is also important here if data transfers are less than 180TB per year than these drives are fine to use if the workload is more all other factors are less relevant – we are focusing on reliability and longevity only for this exercise. The Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is 1 million hours

Seagate IronWolf PRO NAS - The Seagate IronWolf PRO NAS drives are classified too work within small home office, small and medium-size businesses and suited for NAS arrays with 1-16 bays, the scope of the PRO range is higher with support for a broader range of NAS arrays.

Model

Capacity

Warranty

Spindle Rate (RPM)>

Multi-User Optimization (Workload)

DATA Rescue Services

IronWolf

ST12000NE0007

12TB

5-year warranty

7200

300TB/year

2-years included with registration

IronWolf    

ST10000NE0004

10TB

5-year warranty

7200

300TB/year

2-years included with registration

IronWolf    

ST8000NE0004

8TB

5-year warranty

7200

300TB/year

2-years included with registration

IronWolf    

ST6000NE0023

6TB

5-year warranty

7200

300TB/year

2-years included with registration

IronWolf    

ST4000NE0025

4TB

5-year warranty

7200

300TB/year

2-years included with registration

IronWolf

ST2000NE0025

2TB

5-year warranty

7200

300TB/year

2-years included with registration

 

Workload on the PRO drives is measured at equal to or less than 300TB per year that is a whole load of data transfers. Drives are designed for resilience and longevity, value for money is good for the street price the drives typically sell for. From an investment perspective the 5-year warranty is as good as one will get for Hard Disk Drives, and with SimplyNAS you will also get an option to extend this to advance replacement (AR) as this allows for a drive to be sent before you can send the other back for warranty replacement/repair. The Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is 1.2 million hours

Seagate Exos Enterprise - The Seagate EXOS range is manufactured with the big data in mind, designed to take data brutality and I/O punishment we are made to understand this drive is the ultimate in Seagate’s SATA and SAS 7200rpm portfolio. The Exos X12 is helium based and has a higher than normal tolerance level and destined for longevity.

Seagate Exos

Model

Capacity

Warranty

Spindle Rate (RPM)

Multi-User Optimization (Workload)

DATA Rescue Services

Exos X12 12TB SED Model 512e/4Kn SAS 
ST12000NM0037

12TB

5-year warranty

7200

500TB/year

Optional

Exos X12 12TB  512e/4Kn SAS 
ST12000NM0027

12TB

5-year warranty

7200

500TB/year

Optional

Exos X12 12TB 512e SATA ST12000NM0007

12TB

5-year warranty

7200

500TB/year

Optional

Exos X12 12TB SED 512e SATA 
ST12000NM0017

12TB

5-year warranty

7200

500TB/year

Optional

Just as the example above there are the Exos X10 that consist of the 10TB SAS and SATA drives, as well as the Exos 7E8 that hold the 8TB SAS and SATA drives, these are all advanced level Enterprise drives for use within a data center type of environment – 24/7/365 so if you have a require for a NAS that requires to be always on and is being accessed constantly carrying out multiple I/O’s, then this class of drive is what is needed to ensure data integrity and longevity. The Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is 2.5 million hours

 

Often one of the main questions asked of us is the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) hours for each of drive classification so here they are for the drives here.

Model

Mean Time Between Failures

IronWolf NAS drives (e.g. ST12000VN0007) so all with the “VN” in the model number

1,000,000

IronWolf PRO NAS drives (e.g. ST12000NE0007) so all with the “NE” in the model number

1,200,000

Exos X12/X10/7E8 (e.g. ST12000NM0007) so all with the “NM” in the model number

2,500,000

MTBF - Most sources define this term to mean average time between failures 

MTBF (mean time between failures) is a measure of how reliable a hardware product or component is. For most components, the measure is typically in thousands or even tens of thousands of hours between failures. For example, a hard disk drive may have a mean time between failures of 300,000 hours. The desired MTBF can be used as a quantifiable objective when designing a new product. The MTBF figure can be developed as the result of intensive testing, based on actual product experience, or predicted by analyzing known factors. The manufacturer may provide it as an index of a product's or component's reliability and, in some cases, to give customers an idea of how much service to plan for.

NAS Integration

The question that arises is one of integration what factors determine which drive/s are integrated with the selected NAS. Pertinent factors considered will set the integration criteria. Category – (home, SOHO, SMB, Enterprise), Data Throughput, Usage (Primary, Secondary or Archival storage), and many other factors that determine what class of drives will work with the desired NAS. SimplyNAS provides pre-sales help for the best way forward  - call one of their experts +1 (407).960.4690 and they will provide the necessary assistance and help needed. SimplyNAS sells, HGST, Western Digital and Toshiba hard disk drives as well as Samsung, Micron, WD, Toshiba and Seagate solid state solutions.

As far as NAS arrays go, the QNAP, Synology, ReadyNAS, Thecus and Drobo all support the Seagate IronWolf NAS and Pro drives, as well the Exos drives.

 

A Word on Warranty

All manufacturer warranties have an expectant clause for the faulty drive to be returned prior to a replacement being issued. The manufacturer warranty normally takes effect 30 days after from place of purchase. All warranty is handled online and as a word of warning is a rather arduous task.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

4 comments

  • Clear, relevant info and straight to the point. Very helpful indeed.

    Marco
  • Exactly what i needed. Thank you.

    SuperBonBonSuperBon
  • Helpful and easy to follow

    Anonymous
  • This was a great article comparing the models Seagate have re-branded was confusing but this made it easier to understand .

    TallG

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4 comments

  • Clear, relevant info and straight to the point. Very helpful indeed.

    Marco
  • Exactly what i needed. Thank you.

    SuperBonBonSuperBon
  • Helpful and easy to follow

    Anonymous
  • This was a great article comparing the models Seagate have re-branded was confusing but this made it easier to understand .

    TallG
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