Seagate 18TB Skyhawk Surveillance

The Seagate 18TB Skyhawk Surveillance Hard Drive (ST18000VE002) represents the pinnacle of high-capacity storage for advanced video surveillance systems. This drive caters to the ever-increasing demand for larger storage capacities in the security industry, offering unparalleled performance and reliability for extensive monitoring setups.

Key Features:

  • Massive 18TB storage capacity
  • 3.5-inch form factor
  • 7200 RPM spindle speed
  • 256MB cache
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • SkyHawk Health Management technology

Ideal Users and Usage Scenarios

Enterprise-Level Security Operations

  • Deploying large-scale surveillance networks across multiple sites
  • Implementing AI-driven video analytics systems requiring extensive data storage
  • Managing long-term video retention for forensic analysis

Smart City Initiatives

  • Supporting citywide surveillance infrastructure
  • Enabling traffic management and public safety monitoring systems
  • Facilitating data collection for urban planning and development

Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Securing power plants, water treatment facilities, and transportation hubs
  • Implementing comprehensive perimeter surveillance for high-security installations
  • Supporting extended video retention policies for regulatory compliance

The Seagate 18TB Skyhawk excels in environments where massive amounts of high-resolution video data need to be stored and accessed reliably. Its robust design and specialized firmware make it ideal for large-scale NVR systems and AI-enabled surveillance applications.

Technical Specifications


  • Sustained data transfer rate: Up to 260MB/s
  • Average latency: 4.16ms
  • Workload rate limit: 240TB/year


  • Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 1.5 million hours
  • Nonrecoverable read errors per bits read: 1 per 10^15
  • Power-on hours: 8760 (24/7 operation)

Power Management

  • Startup current: 2.0A
  • Operating power: 7.8W
  • Idle power: 5.3W

The Seagate 18TB Skyhawk Surveillance drive is engineered to handle the most demanding surveillance workloads. Its firmware is optimized for write-intensive operations, ensuring consistent performance even under the stress of multiple high-resolution camera feeds.

For organizations requiring top-tier storage solutions for their surveillance infrastructure, the Seagate 18TB Skyhawk Surveillance Hard Drive stands out as a formidable option. Its unmatched capacity, coupled with surveillance-optimized features and robust reliability, makes it an essential component for modern, data-intensive security systems.

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