NAS Hard Drives Vs Regular Hard Drives – Comparison

Hard drives are not exactly new technology. They have existed in one form or another for over 20 years in the consumer market, all the time getting bigger in capacity and smaller in physical design. That should not come as a surprise to any of you. Such is the way of technology that no sooner have we got used to the way things are, then a brand of manufacturer will turn around and bung on a new connector, introduce a faster and more expensive version, or worse, the entire industry changes it’s mind overnight and all our old technology becomes useless. Most tech buyers feel like ships in the sea, at the whim of the sea and its currents.

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However in data storage, one of the biggest upsets came a few years ago in the rise of Network Attached Storage (NAS) when two of the biggest HDD brands, Seagate and Western Digital, announced they were releasing a series of NAS server tailored Hard Drives. Moreover, they were telling people who it was bad to populate your Synology NAS or QNAP NAS with ordinary desktop hard drives – which was odd because the week before it was fine! Now in 2019, the market as a whole seems to have accepted this as a fact – however, there are a still a few of you out there that are still unconvinced. Is the ‘NAS HDD’ badge just a big con to make you pay more for drives? Are they just the same hard disk drives with a different sticker on them? More importantly, will it actually damage your NAS or your data to use bog standard hard drives in your 2 or 4 Bay NAS server device? And why hasn’t the data storage industry just made 1 kind of hard drive that is perfect for EVERYTHING?!?!?! Let’s discuss.

Good news for those looking maximum storage in both small and large NAS drive enclosures, with the announcement that the Seagate Ironwolf NAS hard drive series is going to be available in a staggering 16 Terabyte capacity hard disk. It has long been established that when it comes to the largest possible drives available for your NAS, Seagate appears to beat everyone to the punch, with the recent 14 Terabyte Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pro NAS drives dominating the market of late. Although enterprise in design, the release of an even bigger range of 16TB NAS hard drives is generally seen as a good sign for both home and business users alike.

Much like other Seagate Ironwolf drives, the Seagate Ironwolf 16TB series arrives with NAS optimised RV sensors, improved caching on-board and construction quality that is far superior to that of general smaller capacity hard drives in 2019. Alongside this, we fully expect the Seagate Ironwolf health management tool, that is available to Ironwolf drive users already, to be fully supported on NAS platforms such as Synology, QNAP, Asustor and Terramaster. Finally, the dedicated 7200rpm on both Standard and Pro series models is always a welcome bonus and ensures reliable speeds of Read and Write internally and externally, that is considerably higher than both domestic hard drives and lower capacity NAS hard drives.

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