A capacious consumer-level hard drive is primarily designed for power users who have tons of heavy files to store and handle on their system, such as professional video editors, TV shows recorders and video game enthusiasts who keep the archive of every game they play. These drives also aim at small-medium home/company network servers which have to hold lots of incoming and outgoing data.
Seagate recently unveiled its largest consumer-level desktop hard drive—Barracuda Pro 10TB.
The operative word in all of this is “consumer,” as 10TB hard drives for enterprise have been around for some time. Western Digital’s HGST began shipping a 10TB helium-filled model in late 2015. Seagate followed suit with its own 10TB helium-filled drive this January.
Both of those 3.5-inch hard drives are aimed corporate use in servers and typically cost more.
The new Barracuda Pro is the first consumer desktop drive to hit the 10TB mark. The 10TB Barracuda Pro doesn’t play just the capacity card though. Seagate also aimed to make it a high-performance hard drive, fitting it with a massive 256MB of cache. The data is crammed onto seven platters, and it has a rotational speed of 7,200rpm, rather than the typical, lower-cost 5,400rpm large drives, giving it a sustained transfer rate of 220MBps.
Of course, “performance hard drive” may sound like an oxymoron in this age of SSDs that can easily hit 1.5GBps read speeds, but all things considered, the 3.5-inch Barracuda Pro is still fairly peppy. Well, for a hard drive anyway.
The Barracuda Pro uses Conventional Magnetic Recording and doesn’t resort to sealing the drive and filling it with helium or exotic magnetic technology to achieve its high capacity. Officials say it’s built on a seven-platter design, which usually means more power consumption due to the number of spinning platters. But in this case, Seagate says it’s one of the more energy-efficient drives around. The drive consumes just 6.8W during seek operations and 4.5W at idle according to Seagate.
The 10TB Barracuda Pro has a list price of $534.99, which means that the capacity works out at around $0.05 per GB. Not bad when you compare it against the $0.38 per GB that Samsung’s 4TB 850 EVO drive will cost you.
Still, it’s not exactly cheap. Seagate also announced a couple other 10TB models that cost less but aren’t geared toward desktop performance: The 10TB IronWolf is for NAS applications, with a list price of $469.99, and the 10TB SkyHawk drive for video-surveillance use is priced at $459.99.
Considering that the 10TB Seagate Enterprise, for example, sells for about $600, and Western Digital’s HGST version is in the $730 range on the street, the list price of new 10TB Barracuda Pro indicates that the street pricing should be considerably lower than an enterprise 10TB drive.
If the price is a bit high for you, and performance is not an issue, then you might be better off with Seagate’s 10TB IronWolf for NAS, or the 10TB SkyHawk drive that’s designed to store video surveillance footage. Both these drives feature a three-year warranty.