These 5 hard drives will pair perfectly with any NAS

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Traditional mechanical drives for the desktop can be used in Network Attached Storage (NAS), but they’re not built for continuous operation over prolonged periods. Leading brands in the storage business have enhanced drives available that are specifically designed for NAS installations. We highlight 4TB drives in this collection due to the recommendation of running NAS drives in RAID configurations, guaranteeing you 4TB of capacity.

What should you look for?

Generally speaking, when looking for NAS hard drives, you will want to aim for a 7,200RPM drive with 64MB of cache. Hard drives will perform similarly between brands, but you’ll want to pay attention to reviews, as well as features and specifications, to pick a drive that will handle everything you throw at it. Choosing the right hard drive is essential, especially for a NAS.

We’ve used the Seagate IronWolf for years without fault and find the drives to be well priced to boot. The same can be said about the Western Digital Red, which are almost identical to Seagate counterparts. If you want to expand on your NAS storage, you’ll want to aim big with the more pricey Seagate IronWolf Pro and Western Digital Red Pro.

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