HDD for NAS

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  1. crimsonmind

    crimsonmind Member

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    Hi all,

    Looking for a consensus on the best value for money HDD's to use in my home NAS

    Western Digital or Seagate?

    Will probably be set up in RAID 5 (unless you think otherwise?)


    Thanks
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  2. Szemen

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    Few variables...
    1. How much space you need
    2. Do you need enterprise features

    If it's purely based on price, Seagate Ironwolf is slightly cheaper than WD Reds, but they are within spitting distance of each other. 3TB seems to be the sweet spot for price/TB @ ~$55/TB where as the 2TB drives sit at about $65/TB and 6TB at about $58/TB. 10 TB drives are sitting at $63/TB.

    Of course, the next question is how many drives can you NAS hold?

    My NAS holds 2 drives, so I've got 2x6TB WD Reds on RAID 1.

    tl/dr - 3TB is sweet spot but depends on how many drives you need and how much you need to store.
     
  3. crimsonmind

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    Thanks Szeman

    I was looking at >8TB, I don't really need more than 4 at this stage, but should the price be right, I'd get some more. Unfortunately money is a big limiting factor :(

    No, I don't need enterprise features.

    I don't use a NAS enclosure, I am using a set up within a mini PC case

    If 3TB disks are the go, I'll look at 2x 3TB in RAID1.
     
  4. Unframed

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    If you're looking at >8TB you may want a few more drives if you're insistant on RAID 1. The pitfall with RAID1 is you're halving the available storage so 2x 3TB is only 3TB storage.
     

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