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Which Drive is right for you?

It's not always easy to work out which drive will be most suitable for your particular installation. Use our handy Video Storage Selector to help you decide!

Find the best hard drive with the interactive Video Storage Selector below. If you'd like a document version, download the Surveillance Drive Selection Guide or Surveillance System Application Guide.
To learn specific system compatibility, use the interactive compatibility guide. Systems are included from a wide variety of manufacturers, such as QNAP, Synology, Hikvision, Techwin, Dahua, and more.

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Rescue, Data Recovery Services

Offer peace of mind

Surveillance footage can be critical. We can retrieve files that have been lost because of accidental deletion or device failure, so offer your customers complete peace of mind with Data Recovery - it’s easy to use, and has an industry-leading 90% success rate!

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SkyHawk Surveillance Hard Drives (formerly Surveillance HDD)

Never miss a frame with Seagate surveillance-optimized drives. With 10 years’ experience, Seagate SkyHawk surveillance drives address the increasing need for high-resolution cameras and camera counts, and ensures cost-effective performance and durability in always-on surveillance systems.

  • Seagate introduced the worlds-first surveillance optimized drives which improve drive reliability and performance in surveillance applications. Tuned for a workload that records ~90% of the time and plays back video footage the remaining 10% means your drive can support more cameras has higher resolutions than traditional drives.
  • 3x the workload rating of a desktop drive (and competitive offerings) allow SkyHawk drives to perform reliably in write-intensive surveillance systems.
  • Allow your customers the flexibility to grow with the booming NVR market and scale their systems when more storage is needed. Expect consistent performance from supporting R/V sensors - previously only offered on enterprise class drives.

Ideal for: Applications ranging from entry-level surveillance DVRs to advanced NVRs. SkyHawk addresses the need for high-resolution cameras and camera counts and ensures cost-effective performance and durability in always-on video surveillance systems.

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Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD

Supporting the industry’s best response times for a nearline drive and boasting capacities up to 10TB, the Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD combines capacity and high-speed data transfers with the most efficient and cost-effective data center footprint available on the market.

  • Quickly access and store critical data with blazingly fast random performance—over 100% faster than the previous generation
  • Efficiently delivers easy integration into replicated and RAID bulk storage systems with 12Gb/s SAS and SATA 6Gb/s interface options
  • Helps to ensure 24/7 uninterrupted performance—every transaction, every day

Ideal for: Bulk storage, data center, government or corporate applications where HD video and/or video analytics are valued.

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Product reviews

High quality and reliable!

The main purpose of this hard drive is Video Recording. This means reading / writing continuous 24/7 data streams. The drive has 2 platters each with 1GB capacity -compared to earlier generations with the same capacity each drive has at least 33% higher data density. Terrific for surveillance installations - extremely quiet while running and energy efficient in power-saving mode. People looking for a set-up that needs to record AV streams would do well to choose this model.

Thomas Weiser, Cyberport

  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of Installation: 5
  • Value for money: 4

Surveillance HDD

Seagate Surveillance HDD are able to work 24/7 with up to 32 cameras simultaneously.

Tomasz Gębala, Komputronik

  • Performance: 4
  • Value for money: 5

Surveillance HDD

Our customers notice the drives are extremely quiet, and have a very good access speed.

Steffen Gombel, WAVE Computersysteme GmbH

  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of Installation: 5
  • Value for money: 5

HDD for digital video recorders (ST4000VX000)

Tested in an NVR with 4 cameras. Everything worked without any problems and the system was very fast, including a very quick time-to-record. The large capacities that can store many hours of video are fantastic, and due to the high maximum-operating temperature the HDD can be mounted into poorly ventilated facilities located in less accessible places.

Ivo Popelák, 100Mega Distribution s.r.o.

  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of Installation: 5
  • Value for money: 5

Seagate 4TB Surveillance HDD in QNAP TS-421

For the test I used QNAP's TS-421, designed for home and SOHO NAS systems with 4 drives. The installation was easy, with no issues found during testing. The performance was very good and I am completely satisfied with the drive. I will recommend the drive to my customers. I will order more drives for additional benchmarking because I want to test the drive in NAS devices with 4, 8, 16 and 24 drive positions.

Martin Filev, PERSY Ltd.

  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of Installation: 5
  • Value for money: 4

Surveillance HDD

We tested the ST4000VX000 connected to Intel C226 port and to Areca 1224 in JBOD configuration. Performance was similar to Enterprise HDD.

Evgeni Andreev, Digital Media Technologies

  • Performance: 4
  • Ease of Installation: 5
  • Value for money: 4

Surveillance HDD

The drive offers very good sustained read/write performance (HD tach seq R/W 170MB/s), while the large cache size also supports overall performance.
The inclusion of rotational vibration sensors lowers noise and improves device stability, particularly useful when multiple drives are used in a single storage device. During testing it was always very quiet and cool. I definitely recommend using this model for what it is intended - DVR/NVR.

Kamil Wicher, ATCompus

  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of Installation: 5
  • Value for money: 4