New Seagate Ironwolf Pro NAS Hard Drives – Say Hello to the NT Series!

Seagate Update Ironwolf Pro Hard Drive Series with a new More Durable Enterprise NT Model

If you have been on the fence for a while about choosing the right Hard drive for your NAS, humming and ahhing about whether to choose a Pro series drive or an enterprise-class drive, then Seagate just made things a little easier for you with the release of the new Seagate Ironwolf Pro NT series of drives. Available now, these are new versions of the 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18 and 20TB Seagate Ironwolf Pro series, but now have had a few build elements tweaked to improve their durability and workloads to be much more comparable to data center class drives – whilst still maintaining the advantages and firmware focus of the Ironwolf Pro HDD series.

What Are the Specifications of the Newer Generation of Seagate Ironwolf Pro?

The difference between the previous/current generation of Seagate Ironwolf Pro HDDs and these newly release NT versions is largely based on their build and design being much close to that of the Seagate EXOS series, which results in a higher sequential performance, longer/higher durability rating and a larger scope of deployment.

Main Key Differences Between Seagate Ironwolf Pro and the New NT Version

  • Standard Ironwolf Pro drives can be used in upto 24 Bay enclosures, whereas these new NT drives are data center scale in their deployment and results in limitless enclosure volume support
  • Standard Itonwolf dries have a 300TB annual workload, Ironwolf Pro can take 300TB a year and the new Seagate Ironwolf Pro NT series can reach take 550TB of writing per year
  • Across the range of capacities of Seagate Ironwolf Pro and the new Ironwolf Pro NT versions, the new NT version is around 15-30MB/s faster on reported sequential performance (likely higher in typical ad-hoc use)
  • The Seagate Ironwolf NT series arrives with a reported 2.5 Miliion hours MTBF vs the 1 Million on standard Ironwolf Pro drives

Here is how the two versions of Seagate Ironwolf pro compare side by side on the rest of the specifications

HDD Type Seagate Ironwolf Pro v.2

Seagate Ironwolf Pro

Available Capacity 2TB-20TB 2TB-20TB
Model ID Standard (X=capacity STx000NT001 STx0000NE000
Interface SATA SATA
Drive Bays Supported Unlimited 8-24-Bays
Magnetic Recording CMR CMR
Workload Rate Limit (WRL) 550TB per Year 300TB per Year
Rotational Vibration (RV) Sensors Yes Yes
On-board Cache 256MB 256MB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 2.5Million 1Million
Sector Size (Bytes per Logical Sector) 512E 512E
Rescue Data Recovery Services(years) 3yrs 3yrs
Spindle Speed (RPM) 7200 7200
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate OD Seq Read (MB/s) 285MB/s (20TB)

285MB/s (18TB)

270MB/s (16TB)

270MB/s (14TB)

270MB/s (12TB)

263MB/s (10TB)

255MB/s (8TB)

250MB/s (6TB)

285MB/s (20TB)

260MB/s (18TB)

255MB/s (16TB)

255MB/s (14TB)

240MB/s (12TB)

240MB/s (10TB)

240MB/s (8TB)

220MB/s (6TB)

Rotational Vibration @ 10-1500 Hz (rad/s) 12.5 12.5
Operating Temperature (ambient, min °C) 0 0
Operating Temperature (drive reported, max °C) 65 65
Nonoperating Temperature (ambient, min °C) -40 -40
Nonoperating Temperature (ambient, max °C) 70 70
Vibration, Nonoperating: 10Hz to 500Hz (Grms) 2.27 2.27
Acoustics, Idle (typical, measured in Idle 1 state) (dBA) 20 20
Acoustics, Seek (typical) (dBA) 26 26
Shock, Operating 2ms (Read/Write) (Gs) 40/40Gs 40/40Gs
Shock, Nonoperating, 1ms and 2ms (Gs) 200 200

So, as you can see, both are available in between 2TB and 20TB at the time of recording, but it is in just a handful of specifications (though crucial to larger scale RAID/configurations

When Will the Newer Models of Seagate Ironwolf Pro HDDs Be Released?

The new Seagate Ironwolf Pro STx000NT001 range of HDDs are available now alongside the existing Pro generation on several websites, as well as being highlighted on the official Seagate product pages. Price differences between the original Ironwolf Pro and this new version are yet to be fully clarified.




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      50 thoughts on “New Seagate Ironwolf Pro NAS Hard Drives – Say Hello to the NT Series!

      1. Sooo,,, would you say that for my first NAS (Syn 220+) with one bay already filled (Seagate Ironwolf) 4TB drive, it would be absolutely fine _if not superior_ to instead of adding a 16 TB IronWolf Pro I get the Exos one of the same size? (Noise won’t make thát much difference for me, but it is in my room.) My two goals of the NAS are: storage (of currently about 6 TB video + 1 TB backup history), and connecting my LG C2 (OLED 4K 48″ 120 Hz) TV to it to watch videos (often 4K) from it?

      2. I think a lot of the enterprise drives that trickle into the consumer market can also tend to be in batches, i.e. leftovers, overruns, supplier cleanouts from warranty stock, etc. There are deals to be found on them often, especially the size down and the two size down slots. When they go out of vogue they get dumped like hot potatoes from the bigger distributors (whatever they don’t clear from their main channels). Newegg, Amazon and any of the other physical storage connected resellers have clear advantages here as well as they get liquidated and surplus items as part of their business model.

      3. At around 8tb enterprise hdds overtake consumer pro drives for price per TB. Under 8TB consumer drives are cheaper which I find an interesting phenomenon. No questions that enterprise drives significantly cheaper for 10TB+

      4. Thanks for another great video. I was looking to get 5 x 16TB of disks for a new DAS/NAS system and the EXOS and UltaStar where both about $20 USD cheaper than the Ironwolf Pro and RED Pro per disk which for backup day were being offered at $249 each. Not sure if I made the right choice but I went with the EXOS. Hope it’s not too noisy. Plan to put these in a Synology 1522+. We will see. Enjoying your channel.

      5. my 4tb seagate barracuda went out, so im intrest in Xeos 8tb, im not using this for interprice but the cost of this one think is good,
        do you recomend this one, just for storage and game…..

      6. What happens if one buys enterprise class hard drives because of the lower price for external storage backup? You plug them once a month in on a SATA docking, update the backup and the let them sit for a month. By logic, being them more rugged they should last fine, is that so? I never understood if being engineered for 24/7 becomes a problem when the drive is used only occasionally

      7. Good timing on this video. I’ve been doing research for months bouncing back and forth between the WD Gold (enterprise) versus the WD Red Pro (Pro level), the pros and cons, speed, etc and the one thing I notice that the Gold is always about 10% less in cost and I couldn’t understand why. Thank you!

      8. I contacted Toshiba for support questions for their Enterprise Line of HDD. They said they don’t provide support for Enterprise products and asked me to contact my Dealer or enterprise contact.

        Avoid enterprise lineup if you are looking for warranty support.

      9. I was waiting for delivery of WD GOLD 18TB but I cancelled immediately after checking power consumption in idle mode and noise level. In long term some extra Watts convert into some extra money to spend on electricity. Additionally dB level is significantly higher in Gold models in operation mode. 16TB RED PRO has best price per TB for whole lineup. Thank you for this video.

      10. Informative video but in a few places you are not comparing apples to apples. The WD Ultrastar drives are comparable to the WD Gold drives but you were showing them compared to the WD Red drives. The Golds are based on the technology of the Ultrastars and are similar if not identical and both are optimized for both reads and writes although the Ultrastars come in more configurations for Enterprise like SAS instead of SATA, etc than the Gold drives. The Red drives are NAS drives, optimized for reads more than writes. The Purple drives are optimized for Video surveillance so they are better for writing than reading. Also be careful when buying drives to consider not only the interface and optimizations but whether they are OEM vs Retail and the warranties involved. I have bought multiple Ultrastars at significantly cheaper prices than their Gold counterparts so I agree with the point of your video but make sure the features are the same like Helium vs Air, EAMR and other technologies that might differentiate them when determining price and what matters to you.

      11. Thanks for the video! Now I am really understand why Enterprise HDD a little bit cheaper than ‘normal NAS’ HDD.

        Is possible to make similar nose comparison of the NAS & NAS Pro HDDs? ????

      12. Its all about speed if your running a buisness who gives a shit if you need to spend a further 5k to get 10gbe with ssd or nvme with 10gbe nas.. Mech drives are 10 year old tech which are ok if you raid them but you need a nas with 5gbe or 10gbe to be serious. Oh look Nas makes 2.5be a standard, like 10 years too late. Ive run mech NAs drives for over 10 years they alway corrupt.. soon as i went sdd or NVme with 500-1000mps zero errors in 3 years.

      13. Interesting video and some great points of consideration.

        BTW … Tutorial Suggestion … Using Tailscale to set up local to remote Synology NAS’s for scheduled offsite HyperBackups. ????????????

      14. I’d suppose that the consumer drives are a little costlier to support, since they add on consumer friendly warranties like data rescue and also need to field phone calls for smaller volume purchases (ex. 5 drives vs 50).

      15. I find 10TB drives often cheaper than 8TB and 14TB less than 12TB.
        18TB too occasionally can be found cheaper than 16TB.
        These sizes from I’ve heard are the drives that often use odd number of heads, ie atleast one platter uses only 1 head (often to use up platters that are defective on 1 side).

      16. I just want to chime in on the prices I saw when I was buying 16 TB exos Seagate drives. I spent anywhere from $250 to 230 on five of them. I saw the equivalent Ironwolf drives for $50-80 more. Of course these are all on eBay some of them were either new or open boxed. They’re all still working right now.