Seagate SkyHawk Surveillance 10TB SATA 6.0Gbps Hard Drive Review

System Configuration & Testing

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming
  • RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition
  • OS Drive: Samsung 960 Pro 2TB
  • Test Drive: Seagate SkyHawk 10TB
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional X64 1803



A HDD/SSD utility software which supports a part of USB, Intel RAID and NVMe.

After testing continuously for nearly a full day, we took another screenshot of CrystalDiskInfo to show the modest 39C temperature of the drive. This is on an open air test bench with no other heat sources, but also no air flow.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”

Performance peaks out right of the gate at the 8KB block size and pretty well holds a flat line the rest of the time.


CrystalDiskMark 6.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.”

The SkyHawk is easily the fastest mechanical drive we’ve tested on sequential reads and writes which is exactly where this drive is intended to be.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities

Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and write performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive.

The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

Anvil’s Storage Utilities has been designed to be the most comprehensive benchmark tool for Solid State Drives on the market. That does not mean that you can’t use it for conventional platter-based drives as well, but you do get the most out of the program when you test the speed and performance of SSDs with it. The program has gone through a series of beta and release candidate builds already and is currently available as Release Candidate 3. It is usually linked from this forum thread, which currently is not the case for the RC build which you can download here directly. You can’t use previous builds as they are set to expire automatically.

You can run a benchmark right away by selecting a drive from the menu at the top right or check out the settings first to make sure everything is configured correctly here. Here you can simulate a compression level of the test file, e.g. database, application or uncompressed, and whether you’d like to use the same test file on consecutive runs or generate a new one every time. As far as benchmarks go, you can run a standard SSD benchmark that is testing read, write, or both performances of the drive, or run threaded IO benchmarks only.

Anvils sequential speeds come in a little lower on sequential but response times are pretty snappy for this class of drive.



The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests.

The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system cache. In Seq-test the program measures how long it takes to read a 1 GB file to write respectively. 4K test the read and write performance is determined at random 4K blocks. The 4K-64 corresponds to the test Third 4K procedure except that the read and write operations are distributed to 64 threads. This test should SSDs pose with Native Command Queuing (NCQ), differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the power of the SSD in response to the compressibility of the data. This is especially for the controllers that use to increase the performance and life of the cell compression, important.

In the first three synthetic tests and the compression test, the size of the test file 1 GB. Finally, the access time of the SSD is calculated, wherein the access to read over the entire capacity of the SSD (Full Stroke) is determined. The write access test, however, is done with a 1 GB big test file.

AS SSD looks to be right on target in pretty much every category here for a total score of 70.

The 256MB of Cache on the SkyHawk as well as it’s firmware is helping out significantly here as we are slamming the maximum throughput of the SATA connection for the first two segments and screams on the Game copy segment.

The compression benchmark sits pretty well level at the maximum performance level of the drive the entire time. You see a few small hits from cache cycling on the writes from time to time.
AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics processors.”

 AIDA64’s linear write test took just over 20 hours to complete and ended with an average of 187.6MB/s across the span of the entire 10TB drive. We see a predictable roll off in performance from a CAV drive working its way in from the outer tracks on the platters. As the rotational speed of the drive doesn’t change, the linear speed of the tracks under the heads and thus data rates drop as the heads move inwards.

The same trend shows on reads as well for the same reasons. The outer edges of the drive are moving faster and result in faster speeds as seen here over the end a the interior of the platter. These speeds are quite decent though.

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