Best Hard Drives for NAS of 2019

Best Hard Drives for NAS of 2019

Traditional mechanical hard drives are still very widely used in NAS (Network Attached Storage). Although hard drives lose at the speed of modern SSD drives, but they absolutely win on the price.

It is very important to choose the right hard drives for reliable data storage.

Many peoples are asking me: what is the best hard drive brand? The short answer is: nowadays on market only couple companies and they production is very similar and identical.
And almost impossible to choose most reliable hard drive in 2018 or 2019.

Today, there are basically three major players left on the disc maker market: Seagate and Western Digital and HGST (Previously, HGST was a subsidiary of Hitachi, then in 2012 was acquired by Western Digital). Seagate and Western Digital (WD) are undoubted leaders in the production of hard drives for NAS.

NAS Hard Drive vs regular HDD

The difference between NAS and Desktop hard drivesÖ‰

The NAS hard drive is specially designed to work for several months or years in a row, and the desktop hard drive is not designed for heavy duty usage. Also hard drive for NAS is optimized specifically for operation in a RAID arrays.

Below I list the best hard drives for NAS in 2019.

Best 6TB NAS Drive

Western Digital Red 6TB NAS Hard Disk Drive

Western Digital Red 6TB NAS Hard Disk Drive

WD Red NAS Hard Drive designed for use in home, Small Businesses and office NAS systems in a 24/7 environment, and supports up to 180 TB/yr workload rate.
Recommended use in systems up to 8 bay NAS systems.
It comes with 3 years limited warranty.

FreeNAS developers recommends use WD Red NAS drives in FreeNAS system builds. Personally i am using this hard drive in my Synology NAS and my business FreeNAS server. It is the best HDD for NAS Synology for up to 8 bays.

This NAS hard drive comes in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB versions and price range from $61 to $349.

MTBF (mean time between failures) – 1 million hours

RPM Class: 5400

Best 8TB NAS Drive

8TB Seagate IronWolf NAS

8TB Seagate IronWolf

8TB Seagate IronWolf NAS hard drive ideal for use Home, SOHO, and Small to Medium Sized Business.

IronWolf internal hard drives recommended use in NAS systems with up to 8 bays.

This NAS hard drive available in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB, 14TB and 16TB versions and comes with price range from $59 to $579.

MTBF (mean time between failures) – 1 million hours
RPM Class: 7200
3 years limited warranty

 

Best 8TB NAS Drive for medium and large NAS environment

Western Digital Red Pro 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive

Western Digital Red Pro 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive

This 3.5 inch WD Red Pro NAS Hard Drive with 256 MB cache designed for using in Business NAS systems up to 24 bays, and supports up to 300 TB per year workload rate.

WD Red Pro available in 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB versions and price range from $159 to $399.

MTBF (mean time between failures) – 1 million hours

RPM Class: 7200
5 year limited warranty

 

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