These are the best hard drives for your Synology NAS

Western Digital and Seagate are the two giants for network-linked (NAS) storage, and both companies offer an almost identical offering. This makes it easy to select the correct drive (s) for your NAS.


Seagate Ironwolf

Hard disks specifically designed for NAS

Seagate is a well-known brand in the storage sector that has been around for decades. The company has a strong collection of disks specially designed for use within NAS. I recommend a configuration with at least 4 TB.

Seagate's IronWolf series is the company's solution for NAS setups that compete with the Western Digital Red. Similar technology, called AgileArray, has been implemented to provide improved performance and reliability over desktop drives, and these units can be installed in boxes that support up to eight bays. IronWolf Pro is the next step up with slightly more expensive drives, but with larger supported sections, workload and a limited warranty.

The most important thing is that these disks can be executed 24/7 without switching off. The IronWolf range of NAS hard drives is available in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB, 12 TB and 14 TB versions and with three-year guarantees. Prices start at $ 60 for 1TB capacity configuration, but can save up to $ 500. Please note that only configurations of 4TB and more rotations can undergo vibration sensors. The models of 6 TB and higher have a speed of 7,200 rpm.

If you want the best of what Seagate has to offer in terms of NAS storage, check out the IronWolf Pro series.


Western Digital Red

Hard disks intended for NAS

Like Seagate, WD has been creating storage solutions for PCs for many years and offers reliable drives for every NAS. As with the Seagate drives, I recommend at least 4 TB.

The red hard disks from WD are made for NAS use and can be used in systems that support up to eight bays. Supported by 3-year limited warranties and a powerful brand in the storage market, WD drives are known to be of top quality and last a long time. Red is not the fastest hard disk series on the market, but its use in a RAID formation can make up for this.

This specific series of disks is supplied in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB and 10 TB versions. Depending on how much space you need, it is possible to buy one for just $ 65 (1TB). Each drive comes with the company's NASware 3.0 for improved reliability and performance. It is also worth noting that WD does not ship mounting brackets or screws with these discs.

What makes WD drives attractive is the fact that each capacity option has vibration protection, but if you need higher speeds (drives with a speed of 7200 RPM), you need to do more for the Red Pro series.

Bottom line

Whether you choose Seagate or Western Digital, it is always a good idea to adopt a hard drive designed for NAS use. All stations listed here fit on that bill. Although you can technically use a traditional desktop class drive, I advise you not to do this.

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