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NAS drive okay for at rest storage in a computer? Even if not used in RAID? Recommendations?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm interested in expanding my storage and looking out for ~4TB options. I currently still using a Seagate (Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS) and a Hitatchi (HDP725050GLA360) drive from circa 2006 without any failures (did I just get lucky?). As far as I can tell these were regular consumer facing drives but I'd like to replicate the durability for the next 10 years if possible.

My main drive will be SSD. Specifically though, if I get a NAS drive for mostly music, video, backup images and that won't necessarily be in raid / NAS box, am I risking anything? If there is a great sale, I could get a second one for RAID 1 but is that sensible if I'm doing it off the motherboard?

Additionally, has the tech improved that I'm not going to regret getting 5400/5900rpm vs the 7200 I have now?

My research so far:

WD Red 4TB NAS CMR 5400 RPM - https://www.newegg.ca/red-wd40efrx-4tb/p/N82E16822236599 - $169

Seagate BarraCuda 4TB CMR 5900 RPM https://www.amazon.ca/Seagate-BarraCuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST4000DM005/dp/B01LNJBA50 - $150 (non - NAS brand)

Seagate IronWolf 4TB CMR 5900 RPM https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_1086_210&item_id=100441&language=en - $139

HITACHI Ultrastar A7K4000 4TB 7200RPM https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B008RTDN6E?psc=1 $126 (OEM though :S)

Toshiba X300 4 TB CMR 7200RPM https://www.newegg.ca/toshiba-x300-hdwe140xzsta-4tb/p/N82E16822149627?Item=N82E16822149627 - $159


Right now, the RED is the priciest. The IronWolf looks like a deal if its reliable... Toshiba looks good, is the performance for storage worth premium over the Ironwolf? There's also WD Blue that I haven't listed here. Any more suggestions/thoughts?

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NAS drives are usually rated for constant use and redused risk of failing from vibrations from near by drives so i imagin a NAS drive will last you well beyond another 10 years. One should be fine. Personally i would go with seagate but thats me. As for speed it will prob be less then the previous drive its replacing but it shouldnt be too big of an issue.

TL;DR get ironwolf (mabey even pro? for better warenty?)

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I don’t know which is the best, but I do have the Toshiba. Works great but it can be loud when in use.


I am far from an expert in this so please correct me if I’m wrong.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the suggestions. I know its a bit of a toss up, why seagate for you?

I think I would have sprung for the toshiba but I keep reading about the noise. I don't mind because I already lived with loud fans but hard to know if this is worse. Is it whine of spin or clacking sound?

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1 hour ago, aatroxed said:

Is it whine of spin or clacking sound?

I can’t really describe it. It’s almost like a grinding sound (but not because grinding = bad drive) it’s definitely noticeable to me when launching games and opening files but not much more beyond that.


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