Best Hard Drives to Use When Building Up Your NAS?

Best Hard Drives to Use When Building Up Your NAS?

Anthony Nguyen
Nov 12, 2009

Q - I'm looking to build a NAS with the Drobo sometime next month to hold all my Christmas footage of family and friends when I go back home for the holidays. Is there a best choice of hard drive when building up a NAS from home use? I want to have 3TB of total space. Thanks!

A - When you're looking for drives in a network attached storage array, you need to focus on 3 main things:

  1. Coolness factor (We're talking temperature here)
  2. Low power consumption
  3. Reliable brands

We also recently found out that most RAID engines on NAS use a dedicated controller and thus is bottlenecks of the drive read/write on your hard drives. See Tom's Hardware comparison chart below outlining the differences between a Samsung 5400RPM and 7200RPM drive in different RAID configs:

Because we don't really see a difference between the two, we suggest grabbing a large drive that runs at 5400RPM if you're building up your array from scratch. Since you wanted 3TB, we suggest grabbing 3 1.5TB drives and running those in RAID.

Our top choices of hard drive brands: Seagate (Barracuda LP), WD (Caviar Green), and Samsung (Eco Green F2) all have low-spindle-speed 1.5TB drives. We hope that helps!

Sent by Unplggd reader Tim York from NYC

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[Via Gizmodo via Tom's Hardware]

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