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#1 #Michael

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:27

So I am picking up a new NAS soon, the synology DS213, but I have no idea what HDD to put in it. There are so many options available that it is mind blowing. I am looking for around 4TB and will probably do a raid1 or the synology hybrid raid option. I know that HDD prices are good now but I don't know what brands are good or what models.

I have had the WD caviar blacks before and really liked them. Do I stay with them or go for something else?


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:33

If it's going to be on 24/7 I would go with WD Green drives.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:33

Blacks are overklll for a NAS. WD makes a red which is designed for NAS use, and I've seen them on sale recently for reasonable prices.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:36

If it's going to be on 24/7 I would go with WD Green drives.


WD has stated though that the greens are not designed for NAS setups

Blacks are overklll for a NAS. WD makes a red which is designed for NAS use, and I've seen them on sale recently for reasonable prices.


Last time I setup a NAS, the reds were sky high expensive. I'll look at it.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:38

I got the Synology DS213, and I'm running just 1 TB WD Red, and it's held up well so far. I plan to add in a second WD Red in the future, I just don't need that much storage (for now). If you're going Western Digital, don't get the Black, Blue or Green. Only the Red lineup is 'optimized' for NAS use.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:42

I got the Synology DS213, and I'm running just 1 TB WD Red, and it's held up well so far. I plan to add in a second WD Red in the future, I just don't need that much storage (for now). If you're going Western Digital, don't get the Black, Blue or Green. Only the Red lineup is 'optimized' for NAS use.


I have used WD drives for a long time now and they have always treated me well.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:45

Last time I setup a NAS, the reds were sky high expensive. I'll look at it.


Microcenter is selling 2TB Reds for $119, only $10 than a green, and $50 less than a black.

http://www.microcent...RX_-_Bare_Drive

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:48

Microcenter is selling 2TB Reds for $119, only $10 than a green, and $50 less than a black.

http://www.microcent...RX_-_Bare_Drive


That's not a half bad deal, plus I have a microcenter store near me. But if I do this then I want to make it last so I am thinking of going with the 3tb drives. Amazon has them for $158, plus I am a prime member so no tax and free shipping.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:52

I agree with the group here and suggest WD Red drives if you can afford them. I just migrated from a Drobo-FS to a Drobo 5N, but couldn't quite stomach the extra $150 5 2TB WD Reds were going to cost me over 2TB Seagate Barracudas (which happened to be the cooler running two platter version) that were on sale.

Drobo doesn't suggest green drives in their devices.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 17:57

That's not a half bad deal, plus I have a microcenter store near me. But if I do this then I want to make it last so I am thinking of going with the 3tb drives. Amazon has them for $158, plus I am a prime member so no tax and free shipping.

yea def go with the 3TB, I went with 2x2TB in my DSJ211 and running in raid 0 (i think, its mirrored for backup). I only use it for backup for my mp3s and photos but I do not look forward to eventually swapping out the drives to increase storage

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 18:04

Western Digital Red drives, can't go wrong. I have a MediaSonic ProRaid 8 Bay unit with 8x2tb drives in a raid 50 configuration. 220mb's read vs 180mb's write in seq.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 18:16

We have just changed the drives in one of the NAS devices at work. Removed 4x 2TB Green and replaced with 4x 3TB Red (which are designed for NAS). When the Greens were in the NAS was fairly slow for what we use it for. A lot better now we have the right drives.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:40

Just a side note.... every Buffalo NAS i have bought for my clients comes with WD Green's in the UK here.... Bit odd if they are not designed to be a NAS Drive.

WD Red looks brill

#14 Jason S.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:01

I have a mix-and-match in my Synology DS409. I have (2) Hitachi 1TB, (1) 2TB Seagate and (1) new, 2TB WD Red. They all play nice together.

Check Synology's compatibility list and get a WD. theyre my preferred brand.

#15 threetonesun

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:10

Just a side note.... every Buffalo NAS i have bought for my clients comes with WD Green's in the UK here.... Bit odd if they are not designed to be a NAS Drive.

WD Red looks brill


The Reds are "relatively" new, also depending on when Buffalo stocked up on drives, the Greens were considerably cheaper in the past. As sort of a "dumb" storage backup, they work relatively well.



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