Seagate announces massive 20TB IronWolf Pro and Exos X20 hard drives for NAS servers
SSD storage solutions are without a doubt superior to conventional hard drives due to their significant advantages in terms of speed and response time, which is why most modern PCs nowadays are equipped with solid-state drives. In NAS servers however, many users probably prefer having as much space as possible at their disposal instead of blazing fast transfer speeds, which is why Seagate today introduced its largest IronWolf Pro and Exos hard drives for NAS servers.
The new top-of-the-line Seagate IronWolf Pro can store 20TB of data, and with transfer speeds of up to 285MB/s the hard drive is relatively fast for a conventional 3.5-inch SATA hard drive with 7,200 RPM. This drive should serve well in home servers or NAS systems in smaller companies since Wi-Fi speeds are often the limiting factor in such use cases. In addition to the new IronWolf Pro, Seagate also revealed the according enterprise-focused 20TB Exos X20 hard drive, which is designed for even heavier workloads of up to 550 written TB per year.
The 20TB Seagate IronWolf Pro on the other hand is intended for workloads of up to 300TB per year. The technical specifications of the new Seagate hard drive can be found on the official data sheet for the IronWolf Pro. Both NAS hard drives should be available later this month and come with a 5 year manufacturer warranty. MSRP for the 20TB IronWolf Pro is set at US$649, while the suggested price for the Exos X20 is slightly higher at US$669. Retail prices will probably be a bit lower than that, the 16TB Seagate IronWolf Pro for example is currently priced at US$429 on Amazon.