Seagate's new Guardian series introduces 14TB capacity hard drives to the already popular Barracuda, IronWolf, and SkyHawk hard drives. These drives only go up to 12TB at the moment, but the 14TB version will be available soon.
Each series is designed for a different purpose. The Barracuda Pro is the one most fit for consumer-level use. If you have a lot of music or movies or video games and need a place to keep it all, these are the drives you want. Compared to the regular Barracuda series, the Barracuda Pro is faster, has a higher capacity, has a longer warranty, and also comes with a Rescue Data Recovery Plan. We have seen many deals on these hard drives in the past, and the 14TB will probably join them on the deal scene soon enough.
The IronWolf series, which also includes a regular and Pro version, is designed a little differently. It comes with software like Health Management and Seagate's AgileArray, which is designed to reduce errors in the drive due to vibrations. The IronWolf hard drives are meant to be used with a network-attached storage device like the Synology DS218+. As part of a media server like that, the IronWolf hard drives can transfer tons of data safely, be accessed by multiple users, and keep everything protected.
The SkyHawk series is designed for always-on recording systems namely security and surveillance. The 14TB version will support up to 64 different HD cameras, 16 A.I. streams, and a workload of 550TB per year. It uses software like ImagePerfect to ensure there are zero dropped frames. These are hard drives designed for more advanced uses.
There's no word on the availability of the 14TB drives just yet, but the smaller capacities are already available.
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