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Seagate IronWolf 110 240GB SSD Review

The IronWolf 110 is built on a standard 2.5in format using a good quality metal enclosure. Four tiny screws are used to keep the enclosure together.

First thing you notice when you get inside the drive is that, unusually, Seagate has opted for thermal paste to keep the controller cool and not the more common thermal pads. The 240GB IronWolf has a lot of empty real estate as it uses a full sized PCB to house just the Seagate in-house controller (labelled 50002176), four Toshiba 3D TLC BiCS3 (TH58TFG9V23BA4C) NAND packages and two Micron DDR3-1866 (MT41K128M8DA-107:J) cache chips. The drive also has power-loss data protection via on-board capacitors.

Seagate’s SSD utility is SeaTools SSD. SeaTools SSD is a pretty comprehensive management tool that displays drive information including model, capacity, disk usage, temperature and remaining life. It also displays information about the SATA interface. It has an event log that can be exported and with it you can perform firmware updates. Firmware updates are done via the Operations page. Within this page you can also run drive diagnostics, and, if the drive supports it, switch between performance optimised and capacity optimised modes. There’s also a link to Seagate’s disc cloning software – DiscWizard.

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