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Seagate Skyhawk 10TB Review


Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD Specifications:


Standard Model Numbers:
SATA 6Gb/s
Features and Performance:
Drive Bays Supported:
Cameras Supported:
Up to 64
Max Sustained Transfer Rate OD (MB/s):
Cache (MB):
Reliability/Data Integrity:
Tarnish Resistant:
Load/Unload Cycles:
Non-recoverable Read Errors Rate, Max:
1 per 10E15
Power-On Hours per year:
Workload Rate Limit (WRL)2:
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) (hours):
Warranty, Limited (years):
Power Management:
Startup Current, Typical (12V, A):
Average Operating Power (W):
Idle Average (W):
Standby Mode/Sleep Mode, Typical (W):
Voltage Tolerance (5V):
Voltage Tolerance (12V):
Operating (ambient, min °C):
Operating (drive case, max °C):
Non-operating (ambient, min °C):
Height (mm/in, max):
Width (mm/in, max):
Depth (mm/in, max):
Weight (g/lb, typical):
Carton Unit Quantity:
Cartons per Pallet/Cartons per Layer:


Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD Features:

  • ImagePerfect™ firmware supports 24×7 surveillance-optimized workloads tuned to record ~90% of the time and play back video footage the remaining 10%, and supports more cameras recording at higher resolutions than traditional drives.
  • Workload rating of 180TB/year allows SkyHawk to perform reliably in write-intensive surveillance systems—3× the workload rating of a desktop-class drive.1
  • NVR-ready design allows drives to maintain performance in RAID and multi-drive systems, giving customers the flexibility to grow with the booming NVR market and scale their systems when more storage is needed.
  • ATA streaming support sustains recordings from up to 64 HD cameras for smooth, uninterrupted footage.
  • Up to 10TB or over 2000 hours of HD video storage supports an increased number of cameras and helps to ensure longer data retention periods are met.
  • 1M hours MTBF, 3-year limited warranty represents an improved total cost of ownership (TCO) with reduced maintenance costs.
  • Lower power consumption means a reduction in heat emissions, which improves reliability in surveillance solutions.
  • Tarnish-resistant components help protect drive from environmental elements, increasing field reliability.

All information is courtesy of: http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/skyhawk/files/skyhawk-ds-1902-3-1608us.pdf

Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD Testing:

Testing of hard drives can be done in several different ways. One method involves leaving the drive bare and connecting it as a secondary drive in an existing system. By simultaneously cleaning the drive after each benchmark run-through, this allows you to see its theoretical peaks in performance. However, these results would only represent a best-case scenario – one that you may never see unless operating a bare drive. The second method, which OverclockersClub employs, involves loading the operating system and benchmarking suite onto the test drive itself. This would give performance results that emulate real-world usage more closely. Testing will be completed with the Z87-based system listed below, alongside a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit that is updated to SP1 and fully patched as of the date of testing. The latest Intel Rapid Storage technology drivers and software have also been installed. All tests are conducted with the drive connected to a native SATA III 6 Gb/s port on the motherboard, in an effort to eliminate any possible bottlenecks with performance.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Drives:



  • Drive Tests:
  1. HD Tune 5.0
  2. SiSoft Sandra 2014
  3. Anvil Storage Utility
  4. ATTO Disk Benchmark
  5. Crystal Disk Mark
  6. AS SSD
  7. PCMark 8
  8. IO Meter

  1. Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD: Specification & Features, Testing Setup
  3. Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD: HD Tune, SiSoft Sandra, Anvil Storage Utility, ATTO 2.47
  4. Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD: CrystalDiskMark, AS SSD, PCMark 8, IOmeter
  5. Seagate SkyHawk 10 TB Surveillance HDD: Conclusion
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