Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB: The Highest Capacity and Fastest Hard Drive On The Market

In the battle to see who brings more bytes into one piece, Seagate has announced several HDDs with 12TB of storage, marked by high performance and focus on NAS servers.

One of these HDs is part of the Barracuda Pro brand, the manufacturer’s high-performance line that already collects 2 to 10 TB models. This new equipment has 3.5 inches, 7200 RPM, 256 MB cache, a five-year warranty and transfer speed of 250 MB/s, faster than 10 TB and 8 TB predecessors.

The other announced HDs add to the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro lines and have similar specifications compared to the 12TB BarraCuda Pro. The difference here is that the IronWolf line is focused on NAS systems and has optimization of writing and reading by several users simultaneously. The Pro model, for example, bears a load of 300 TB per year.


This line also offers more protection against data loss, with a 90% internal recovery success rate. IronWolf models also ship power management optimizations and RAID support in up to 16 bays. All announced HDs are up and running 24 hours a day.

Of course, you can buy such equipment to store all the seasons of Game of Thrones in the highest resolution possible, but HDs with dozens of terabytes are not targeted to the average public. With a variety of built-in technologies, they are ideal for cloud services, data centers and other companies that need to store very heavy files.

In a time when we see the emergence of more and more videos in 4K, 360ยบ and virtual reality, we need to have more space to store both heavy contents. An IDC study in partnership with Seagate shows that the volume of data we create will increase to a total of 163 zettabytes (1 ZB = approximately 1 billion TB). It’s a damn thing.

And how much does it cost to have a 12TB Hard Drive? Seagate has not revealed official prices, but BarraCuda Pro has already appeared in stores for $489 and IronWolf and IronWolf Pro have already been seen for $470 and $540, respectively.