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Testing Enterprise vs Consumer & IronWolf Pro vs BarraCuda Pro

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Hello Brian and forum users,

I would like if you could in the future test Enterprise Drives with Consumer Tests, so we can see for example how Seagate IronWolf Pro vs Seagate BarraCuda Pro perform.

Like here where they test many : https://us.hardware.info/reviews/7541/seagate-ironwolf-pro-10-tb-review-fast-nas-specialist

Is there any reason to take the BarraCuda Pro instead of IronWolf Pro ?

Thank you !

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On 10/29/2017 at 4:12 AM, Vampire said:

Hello Brian and forum users,

I would like if you could in the future test Enterprise Drives with Consumer Tests, so we can see for example how Seagate IronWolf Pro vs Seagate BarraCuda Pro perform.

Is there any reason to take the BarraCuda Pro instead of IronWolf Pro ?

Thank you !

While we can't speak specifically as to 3rd party head-to-head type benchmarking like you are interested in, one big thing with comparing the BarraCuda Pro and IronWolf Pro is use-case. Spec-wise, there are a lot of similarities between the two, they're both rated for up to 300TB of data per year, both come with a 5 year warranty + 2 free years of Rescue Services, both can handle 24x7 type environments, both have 256 MB cache in the new 12TB capacities. 

Getting the most out of your drive(s) depends on having the right drive for that environment. If your needs are more in a creative desktop environment, then the BarraCuda Pro is going to be a better fit. The reason the IronWolf Pro wouldn't be as ideal of a fit in desktop environments is that the firmware on the drives is engineered for these drives to excel when working in NAS/server type environments as members of RAID teams, and some of the subtleties of this mean things like the drive not as aggressively pursuing some errors, figuring they can just pass it on to the next drive in the RAID array for faster performance, versus a desktop drive like the BarraCuda Pro which is more likely to aggressively correct these errors because it isn't intended to be used in the same way. 

If your needs are more oriented towards the NAS or server type use, then the IronWolf Pro would be a much better fit. IronWolf Pro drives are rated for enclosures with up to 16 drives, so they are more cost-effective from a perspective of needing to add more drives or storage capacity at a later time. The vibrational considerations of NAS/server environments are heavily considered when NAS drives are designed, desktop grade drives like the BarraCuda Pro just don't have the same protections against performance issues and vibrations causing wear-down or issues with drives in these numbers because they aren't meant for these kinds of environments. IronWolf Pro drives come with built in RV (Rotational Vibration) sensors. 

We generally advocate two rules:
1. Always choose the right type of drive for the given application or use-case
2. Always back up your data.

Edited by seagate_surfer
corrected *lower* to later

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On 10/30/2017 at 6:15 PM, seagate_surfer said:

While we can't speak specifically as to 3rd party head-to-head type benchmarking like you are interested in, one big thing with comparing the BarraCuda Pro and IronWolf Pro is use-case. Spec-wise, there are a lot of similarities between the two, they're both rated for up to 300TB of data per year, both come with a 5 year warranty + 2 free years of Rescue Services, both can handle 24x7 type environments, both have 256 MB cache in the new 12TB capacities. 

Getting the most out of your drive(s) depends on having the right drive for that environment. If your needs are more in a creative desktop environment, then the BarraCuda Pro is going to be a better fit. The reason the IronWolf Pro wouldn't be as ideal of a fit in desktop environments is that the firmware on the drives is engineered for these drives to excel when working in NAS/server type environments as members of RAID teams, and some of the subtleties of this mean things like the drive not as aggressively pursuing some errors, figuring they can just pass it on to the next drive in the RAID array for faster performance, versus a desktop drive like the BarraCuda Pro which is more likely to aggressively correct these errors because it isn't intended to be used in the same way. 

If your needs are more oriented towards the NAS or server type use, then the IronWolf Pro would be a much better fit. IronWolf Pro drives are rated for enclosures with up to 16 drives, so they are more cost-effective from a perspective of needing to add more drives or storage capacity at a later time. The vibrational considerations of NAS/server environments are heavily considered when NAS drives are designed, desktop grade drives like the BarraCuda Pro just don't have the same protections against performance issues and vibrations causing wear-down or issues with drives in these numbers because they aren't meant for these kinds of environments. IronWolf Pro drives come with built in RV (Rotational Vibration) sensors. 

We generally advocate two rules:
1. Always choose the right type of drive for the given application or use-case
2. Always back up your data.

Thank you.

The Iron Wolf Pro (ST6000NE0023 is the newer revision for the 6TB model?) has 600 000 load/unload cycles, the read/write access time is better than Barracuda PRO, however the Barracuda Pro is better in PCMark tests (applications)

To me the Iron Wolf Pro is closer to enterprise levels at same price with Barracuda Pro, at least for 6 TB.

Going to use the HDD with many audio files and music audio programs.

The biggest problem would be for the drive to fail and make all data useless. Because Seagate is going to replace the HDD and lose money, and next time the customer will no longer buy from same company.

I never had problems with Seagate.

Would you recommend an Exos enterprise drive instead for desktop ? How is the firmware tuned on those enterprise HDDs ?

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7 hours ago, Vampire said:

Would you recommend an Exos enterprise drive instead for desktop ?

If it's the exact same price, maybe. But I wouldn't pay significantly more for one. TLER, for example, is necessary for multi-drive arrays but actually a potential drawback in desktop use.

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