Seagate IronWolf 10TB Hard Drive review

Big capacity and built to last

Seagate IronWolf 10TB Hard Drive

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The IronWolf is an excellent hard drive that offers fast and dependable storage. The fact that its helium design means you can get huge amounts of capacity into a regular 3.5-inch hard drive is incredibly impressive, and means even if you use a number of these drives in a RAID array, you've still got plenty of storage space to play with.

Although you may be wary of entrusting so much data onto a single hard drive, the technology Seagate has packed into the drive to ensure it works under prolonged pressure for years to come, along with a 3-year warranty, should put your mind at rest.

Seagate IronWolf 10TB Hard Drive

Despite its high capacity, the IronWolf remains a standard 3.5-inch

We liked

We keep going on about the storage as 10TB in a single hard drive is incredibly impressive, so if you're looking for a hard drive to store all of your important data, this is the one to go for. If you think 10TB is too much, it also comes in other capacities. The AgileArray and rotational vibration sensors makes this a great hard drive for NAS devices with multiple hard drives.

We disliked

The price for the 10TB hard drive is high, so if you're looking to use a number of these drives in RAID then you're going to be spending quite a bit of money. It's also a bit of a shame to see the lower capacity IronWolfs hobbled with slower data transfer rates and RPM speeds.

Final Verdict

The IronWolf hard drive – especially in its 10TB guise – won't be for everyone, and that's exactly why it's such a good buy. By focusing on making a hard drive that's ideal for large – and busy – NAS devices, Seagate has produced a drive that should be on your shopping list if you're building a backup solution for your home or office.

It manages the feat of combining reliability, speed and capacity, so if you have the budget then the IronWolf is definitely worth investing in. Of course, the flip side of this is that if you're not interested in the NAS-specific features and just want a standard high capacity hard drive, then you should maybe think twice about buying the IronWolf, as you'll be paying for features you don't need.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.