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Review: Seagate 14tb Ironwolf Disks for all of Your Photographs


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Which Hard Disk For Photography

The Seagate 14 TB Ironwolf hard disks

Recently I was offered the opportunity to try out a pair of the Seagate 14 tb Ironwolf hard disks. If “youve had” read any of my previous articles about storage, drives, and NAS( Network Attached Storage ) for photographers, you’ll know one thing about me; I consider spinning media hard drives to be either” Dead or Dying from the moment they’re powered up .” This is mostly true.

These devices have what is called an MTBF( Mean Time Between Failures) entailing they can’t merely spin forever. While reviewing disks is great, I wanted to find a good used only for the pair of storage ogres aside from saying,” yes, they work just like a disk should !”( Which they do, but …)

So, after thinking about having to move house, and how much room I wouldn’t have, I find the PERFECT use! Physical down-sizing of my NAS.

Works well for small spaces

I mainly use a Synology DS1 517+ as my main NAS, and a cute little DS216 as my backup. Well, I did until December!

I had to close my office for redevelopment and move everything into a nook that is only 106 cm wide and about 137 cm deep. This move entailed I had to custom re-make the top of my stand-up desk( I’m getting old, it’s a necessity !), and the shelf for my working storage. My working storage includes my connect directly Promise R8 and my G-Technology 8TB main image drive, as well as my NAS that I use to deliver client images. It also includes backups of all of the computers and devices in the house, as well as for media that streams to the TV. The 1517+ simply wouldn’t fit along with all else on the shelf.

So, I believed” I need to downsize, but maintain the storage space on my NAS !” Enter stage left, the behemoth Seagate Ironwolf 14 tb disks.

I wasn’t joking about the super-small office space!

And my” Storage Shelf”

Spin rate

The Seagate units are a regular 3.5 ” internal hard drive, like what you’d have inside your desktop computer. They spin at 7200 RPM and have a 3-year warranty. That MTBF thing I was talking about earlier, the 14 tb Ironwolf disk is rated at 1 Million hours( Yes, I said that in a Dr Evil voice !) Which is quite a while!( Before you whip out your calculator, that’s 114.1552 51 years)

So, if you turned the thing on and left it spinning in a controlled environment , not doing anything, it’d be rated to last that long.

Real world, this isn’t how it goes; we read and write to these disks over and over, and they can get jostled around and sometimes even unexpectedly powered off( Dad! What does this switch do ?!)

Synolgy Seagate 14TB Ironwolf Review Photography

Defined up the Seagate Ironwolf 14 tb disks

Moving swiftly on, out came the pair of Seagate Ironwolf 4tb disks and in ran the 14 tb disks. No mess, and no fuss. The Synology NAS is very well made and easy to work on.

I wanted to have some level of protection( fault tolerance) use the two disks, so they’re put up employing SHR( Synology Hybrid Raid) which gives me 1-disk tolerance. It pretty much halves my space, but essentially means that if something is wrong with you, it can go wrong twice before I cry to the sky and ask nobody in particular “WHY?”!

I worked in I.T. long enough to see grown men( and women) cry when disks failed. It isn’t pretty. So, backup!( You’ve been cautioned .)

I’m discovering the disks nice and quiet, despite being merely 15 cm to my left. They have not skipped a beat( remember that bit I said about dead or dying disks) to date( They have about 100 years before that nasty MTBF rating even gets close !)

I merrily leave the NAS on 24/7 as I’ve found another location for my other network attached storage box, which means the two can sit softly at night talking to each other via the internet and sync my important client data! Great!

The new 14 TB IronWolf drive are supportive of Seagate’s resulting IronWolf Health Management( IHM) software. Designed to operate on enabled Synology DiskStation NAS, Asustor NAS, and QNAP NAS when populated with Seagate IronWolf or IronWolf Pro drives, IHM improves the overall system reliability by displaying actionable prevention, intervention or recovery options for the user.

These specific disks aren’t precisely inexpensive due to their size, but you can get them from 1tb to 14 tb based on how much data you render and need to store and share.


I can’t give a hard disk a rating out of 5 as I typically do , not for at least a year of spinning. However, based on my other Seagate disks, these new ones will do just fine! Also, the Synology DS units are five stars all the style!

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