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.
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.