Seagate Innov8 8TB External Hard Disk review

Fast, looks good and just one cable

Seagate Innov8 8TB External Hard Disk
  • Seagate Innov8 8TB External Hard Disk
  • Seagate Innov8 8TB External Hard Disk
  • Seagate Innov8 8TB External Hard Disk
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5


  • Fast
  • Looks good
  • Simple to use


  • Pricey
  • Heavy

Bottom Line

If you've got masses of space to fill up you don't want to be waiting around. The innov8 addresses this and does so with style.

Would you buy this?

Fundamentally, the Seagate innovate is a single 8TB 3.-inch, 5,400rpm Seagate enterprise mechanical hard disk in a box. It has a single USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen.2) connector and so needs no extra power. Just note that older USB C ports won’t be able to supply all the power required to make it work.

The case looks sexy as these things go and is very robust, if heavy at 1.5KG.

More importantly, it’s actually quick. It transferred our 30GB test file at 185MB/s and read it back at the same speed – impressive stuff. With our 1000 (1.62GB) mixed small and large files it wrote them at 23MB/s and read them back at 101MB/s

Seagate innov8 CrystalDiskMark results
Seagate innov8 CrystalDiskMark results

At around $500 it’s not cheap, but if you need this much storage in a device that’s very portable and simple to use, it makes an excellent choice.

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