I recently contacted Digital Intelligence to confirm that their FRED computers, specifically the Intel X99 Chipset, could handle 10 TB drives. The answer was “We don’t know, but it should.” Not the answer I wanted to hear, especially since I’d already been told that updating this particular FRED from its factory Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 could downgrade the front USB 3.0 ports to 2.0 due to lack of driver support. So with my return guarantee from my vendor in hand, I ordered the 10 TB Seagate IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST10000VN0004).

First off, the 10 TB drive works in the FRED with the Intel X99 Chipset. Windows, of course, binaries it down to 9.3 TB. Performed a quick NTFS file system format, and promptly ran Crystal Disk Mark on it. Please note that I’m using the Hot Swap Bays, which are connected via USB 3.0, not SATA. Here are the results:


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