The Seagate Archive HDD 8 TB is currently available from €221,50. While it is not the most expensive disk out there it is hard to call this an affordable drive. However you might change your opinion when we take it’s capacity into consideration.
Low cost per GB
The Seagate Archive HDD 8 TB is huge. Therefore it’s major selling point is the low cost per GB. In fact, if you only consider cost per GB, it is currently the cheapest drive on the market.
Low power usage
But it does not stop there. This drive can also create huge power savings. Firstly it uses Seagate’s new PowerChoice technology. Although they are unclear how it works it effectively lowers the idle average power draw from 7.2W to 5W (0.625W/TB). The operational power draw is also lowered; from 9W to 7W.
But you power savings do not stop there. Imagine replacing 8 x 1 TB drives that are each using 8W by a single 8 TB Archive drive. With 24/7 usage you could save up to 490 Kwh per year, equaling a savings of no less than €103,02 in the Netherlands. Over a duration of 5 years that equals purchasing two of these 8 TB drives!
Keep in mind that Western Digital has introduced a 6TB Green disk that uses 3.4W idle (0.56W/TB). So there are even more power efficient solutions out there.
To summarize our findings the Seagate Archive HDD 8 TB certainly is not cheap to purchase but it has very low cost per GB and you will save you some money on your utilities bill in the long run.