What is the maximum altitude at which a Seagate hard drive will function?

Discusses the specifications of Seagate and Maxtor-brand drives with respect to altitude.

In general, most Seagate and Maxtor-brand drives are designed to work under the following specifications: 

  • Operating altitude (max):  3,048 meters (10,000 feet)
  • Nonoperating altitude (max):  12,192 meters (40,000 feet)

For details on the drive you plan to use, please review the product manual for the specific drive at our Document Library.

Please note that the Seagate Extreme Environment (EE25 and EE25.2) lines of drives have different specifications.  They are able to operate at extreme altitudes (1000 to 18,100 feet/305 to 5500 meters).