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Seagate's 16TB HDDs are now available to purchase

By Shawn Knight · 22 replies
Jun 4, 2019
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  1. Spinning hard drives are considered dated by most standards but advances are still being made to push the boundaries of capacity to new heights. Seagate’s new 16TB drives are a perfect example of this.

    The data storage company on Tuesday said it has been actively shipping its Exos X16 HDD, a 3.5-inch 7200 RPM drive designed specifically for enterprise applications.

    More applicable to the average consumer, Seagate also announced its IronWolf and IronWolf Pro 16TB drives for home and small office NAS systems and small-medium business environments, respectively. The standard IronWolf drive packs a three-year warranty and is ideal for backups, remote access and file sharing while the Pro variant comes with a five-year warranty and is meant for environments with heavier workloads.

    Both IronWolf models boast 256MB of cache and utilize the SATA 6Gb/s interface.

    Seagate’s Exos X16 16TB HDD carries an MSRP of $629 and is available to purchase from today. IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives are also in stock and shipping from Connection for $590.80 and $650.58, respectively.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,779

    Pretty impressive but you BETTER configure it in a RAID or you're going to loose one heck of a lot of data!
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  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,995   +3,481

    Not as bad price wise as I though it would be.
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  4. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Addict Posts: 135   +114

    Looks like I found my xmas present to myself this year, 2 of these.
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  5. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 196   +122

    I give it 2 years and SSD's will have this much storage.
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  6. TheOnlyTwiTch

    TheOnlyTwiTch TS Rookie

    Get back to me when they're under $300 and I'll pick up a few
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  7. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    The average consumer doesn't have a need for this much space and therefore it'll never likely attain the average consumer price. This kind of capacity is really a niche product in consumer form and it allows them to charge appropriately, data centers can and will afford to purchase these drives at the price Seagate asks.
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  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,995   +3,481

    You can already buy larger SSDs so long as you have the wallet for it. I'm talking $16,000+. In comparison this HDD seems like one hell of a bargain. Even if SSD prices halved every year (which they no longer do), you'd still be looking at $4,000 for a 16TB SSD. In fact though I would be surprised if SSD prices drop by 30%, let alone halving.

    At the current rate, SSD pricing will take a decade or more to get close to HDDs.
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  9. TheOnlyTwiTch

    TheOnlyTwiTch TS Rookie

    I do, I'm I'm sure there are a decent amount of others that could use more storage. My 48TB Nas is about full. It's getting pretty annoying trying to move larger things around
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  10. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,891   +2,218

    That's not how SSD's work..... Maybe STD"s but I decline to comment on that one
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  11. Toju Mikie

    Toju Mikie TS Addict Posts: 101   +118

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  12. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,995   +3,481

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  13. Philip Mulenga

    Philip Mulenga TS Rookie

    I have a 2tb hard drive.I removed it from dstv decoder explore 1 to be exact.the issues is it runs at start and stops.what could be tge problem.I formated it but after that it will on run for 10s and stops.please help.
  14. danwat1234

    danwat1234 TS Rookie

    Yet laptop 9.5 mm hard drives are still limited to 2TB maximum with 3 platters!
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  15. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,891   +2,218

    Bro, wut?
  16. Steveb8189

    Steveb8189 TS Booster Posts: 42   +29

    This is nothing compared to what we have to pay for data centre disks!
  17. hk2000

    hk2000 TS Booster Posts: 65   +28

    Not a great deal- I just got 16TB in the form of 2 external WD drives for less than $300. And when it comes to Seagate, cross your fingers and keep them crossed! My last Seagate, a 1.5 TB external drive, just started giving the early 'Windows detected a hard disk problem’- This is the 4th Seagate drive failure in the past 3 years.
  18. Toju Mikie

    Toju Mikie TS Addict Posts: 101   +118

    run a diagnostics test. Both WD and Seagate have utilities that you can use to test if the drive is bad. Check the warranty as well. If it is under warranty then do an RMA. Hopefully you have a backup.
  19. Nelson Taylor

    Nelson Taylor TS Rookie

    I quit buying Seagate products due to their high failure rate. I have a 4tb drive that just died after only 1.5 years of use. I have an old Samsung HD103UJ that is so old I cannot remember when I bought it and although it runs a little hot it still is in every day service. I'll be darned if I'll buy a $600 HDD that just lasts as long as the warranty. Even Western Digital drives are better.
  20. Geedee556

    Geedee556 TS Rookie

    Too bad it's Seagate. If I remember right, Seagate bought out Maxtor before it went under, they made the cheapest drives that had a high failure rate. Seagate isn't doing any better than Maxtor did, the prices are really good but the failure rate is just too high. The last drive I bought from these guys was a 2TB drive that completely failed after a couple of years service. No recovery was possible. Never again. If you buy a 16TB drive, make sure it's on a RAID system that you know works.
  21. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Booster Posts: 196   +93

    Seagate drives are the fastest on the market. No other HDD manufacturer can make as fast drives at the same price.
  22. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Booster Posts: 110   +10

    This is the price for 4x 4gb and 2x 8gb https://prisguiden.no/sok?q=ironwolf 16tb gpdr linked from this page. a good price but I would go for 4tb or bd xl 100gb 128gb and sony optical drive recorder 300gb-3.3tb https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1301986-REG/sony_odc3300r_bc_optical_disc_archive_3_30tb.html the speed of 1gb per min sec. just read what speed it burns in and on.

    by using bd-r xl yeah can save more and more moveable delivery https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/sear...&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search= or just wait for 128gb up and down speed ssd 4x m2 drives pcie 4.0 - 5.0 ??
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  23. Sebstar

    Sebstar TS Rookie

    Try 2 years in the past, not the future.

    30tb SSD was available 18 months ago.
    Samsung's 30TB SSD

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