Home Computers & peripherals Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB delivers cavernous space in a reliable package

Today’s world of “big data” and awesome creative possibilities demands titanic storage. Storage manufacturer Seagate has released 12TB drives in its BarraCude Pro range, offering the highest capacity 3.5” units available. 

Seagate has previously released 12TB versions of its IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives, for demanding multi-user NAS workloads. Now this massive, and record-hitting, storage capacity is available in the popular BarraCuda Pro line, perfect for high-performance and creative professional desktop applications, as well as gaming. Finally, you can fit your entire Steam library on one disk! 

The BarraCuda range is Seagate’s most successful, with a reputation gained over 20 years for reliability, tuned for creative applications with higher random performance and drive reliability than typical PC drives. The Pro line offers even higher read and write performance.

The 12TB capacity is no simple feat, and Seagate’s engineers have revolutionised hard disk manufacturing to fit so much space in a regular 3.5” SATA enclosure. Part of the magic pushing the envelope is the use of helium instead of air to minimise the amount of space needed between each platter.

The drives come with a five-year limited warranty, have a 256MB cache and are rated for 300 TB/year workload limits, and deliver 7200 RPM spin speeds with sustained data rates up to 250MB/s and burst data rates of 6GB/s. Our testing certainly found the reads and writes were consistent and reliable.

Despite the cavernous storage, the drive is low-powered by comparison to typical 3.5” drives. It draws 2A startup power, 7.8W in typical operating mode, 4.83W on average while idling, 0.84W in standby mode and 0.8W in sleep mode.

Seagate offers two years’ free Seagate Rescue Data Recovery services, meaning the drive is protected for two years against any mechanical, accidental or natural disaster. Seagate has a 90% success rate for data recovery in these circumstances.

It’s a remarkable drive for desktops, all-in-one PCs and home servers, well suited for gamers, creative professionals, or anyone who wants incredible amounts of storage with high reliability and solid performance.

Just be sure you have a back-up strategy in place! It’d be heartbreaking to lose 12TB of work. Of course, you could buy a second drive to have a mirrored set-up, or use a NAS (with Seagate IronWolf Pro drives), or use cloud storage. Whatever you do, back up, back up, back up. Big data demands big storage, but both are useless if you lose your data.

The 12TB BarraCuda Pro retails for $788.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.


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