Best hard drives (HDD) for Synology NAS

Synology NAS hard drive speed

Firstly I’ve come across your website as I’m looking to change my NAS, thanks for a great site full of useful info. I have a DS211J which has been great but looking to upgrade to a DS218+ (probably DS220+ if it arrives) as I want to run Plex and Home Assistant in a Virtual Machine along with media and file backup storage in RAID 1 (or SHR?). I’m in a quandry over hard drives. I currently run WD 7200rpm drives but the recommended drives from Synology for a 2 bay + series are all 5400rpm. I’m concerned I may not see the speed difference as much if I run slower drives but not experienced enough to know if that’s true. Looked all over the net for advice but can’t find if I could run 7200 drives without any issues. Synology were, as expected, not very forthcoming, told to look at compatible drives.

Yes, any Synology model will work with HDD 5400rpm , 7200rpm, and also SSD. You need to make a choice between bigger noise bust faster response times, or slower drives, more energy-efficient and quieter performance. Or go for SSD which combines speed and no noise.

It is recommended to go for 5400rpm drives in a NAS up to 8 bays. Most of these NAS feature Gigabit connection which is similar or slower than a single drive data transfer speed. So there is no much point having faster drives since speed would be bottlenecked by LAN anyway.

  • These energy-efficient, slower spinning drives are WD Red and Seagate Ironwolf drives.
  • Faster response 7200rpm drives would be WD Red Pro and Seagate Ironwold Pro or Exos drives.
  • And silent and fast response/speed SSD like Samsung EVO Plus, Seagate Ironwolf SSD.

 

Here is aditional comparison:

WD Red / Red Pro

Price/TB Price Capacity MTBF RPM read/write Bells(idle/seek) Watt cache W url
£23 £92 4TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 180/ 2.3/2.7 4.8 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red (SMR) WD40EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 5400rpm
£24 £96 4TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 150/ 2.5/2.8 4.5 64 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD40EFRX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 5400rpm
£24.25 £194 8TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 210/ 2.7/2.9 8.8 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD80EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 5400rpm
£24.5 £245 10TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 215/ 3.4/3.8 8.4 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD101EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 5400rpm
£24.83 £149 6TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 180/ 2.3/2.7 4.8 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red (SMR) WD60EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 5400rpm
£24.9 £249 10TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 210/ 2.0/2.9 5.7 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD100EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 5400rpm
£25.79 £361 14TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 210/ 2.0/2.9 6.5 512 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD140EFFX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 5400rpm
£25.83 £155 6TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 175/ 2.5/2.8 5.3 64 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD60EFRX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 5400rpm
£27 £81 3TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 180/ 2.3/2.7 4.8 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red (SMR) WD30EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 3TB 5400rpm
£28.25 £339 12TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 196/ 2.0/2.9 6.3 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD120EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 12TB 5400rpm
£28.67 £86 3TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 147/ 2.3/2.7 4.1 64 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD30EFRX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 3TB 5400rpm
£30.25 £242 8TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 175/ 2.0/2.9 6.4 128 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD80EFZX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 5400rpm
£30.3 £303 10TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 240/ 2.0/2.9 5.7 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD101KFBX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 7200rpm
£30.6 £306 10TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 240/ 2.0/2.9 5.7 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD102KFBX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 7200rpm
£31.42 £377 12TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 240/ 2.0/2.9 6 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD121KFBX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 12TB 7200rpm
£31.43 £440 14TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 255/ 2.0/3.6 6.2 512 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD141KFGX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£32.25 £258 8TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 235/ 2.9/3.6 8.8 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD8003FFBX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 7200rpm
£33 £66 2TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 180/ 2.1/2.6 4.1 256 3yr
Western Digital WD Red (SMR) WD20EFAX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 2TB 5400rpm
£33.5 £67 2TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 147/ 2.3/2.4 4.1 64 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD20EFRX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 2TB 5400rpm
£34.17 £205 6TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 238/ 2.9/3.6 7.2 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD6003FFBX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 7200rpm
£37.25 £149 4TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 217/ 2.9/3.6 7.2 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD4003FFBX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 7200rpm
£49.5 £99 2TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 227/ 2.9/3.6 9.1 128 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD2002FFSX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 2TB 7200rpm
£52 £52 1TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 150/ 2.1/2.2 3.3 64 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD10EFRX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 1TB 5400rpm
£72 £54 750GB 5400-7200 144/ 2.4/2.5 1.4 16 3yr
Western Digital WD Mobile Red WD7500BFCX 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 750GB 5400-7200
£74 £74 1TB 5400-7200 144/ 2.4/2.5 1.4 16 3yr
Western Digital WD Mobile Red WD10JFCX 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 1TB 5400-7200

Seagate Ironwolf / Pro

Price/TB Price Capacity MTBF RPM read/write Bells(idle/seek) Watt cache W url
£21.75 £87 4TB 1M hours MTBF 5900 180/ 2.3/2.5 4.8 64 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST4000VN008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 5900rpm
£23 £276 12TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 1.8-2.0/2.6-2.8 7.8 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST12000VN0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 12TB 7200rpm
£23.5 £235 10TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 1.8-2.0/2.6-2.8 7.8 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST10000VN0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 7200rpm
£23.5 £141 6TB 1M hours MTBF 5400 190/ 2.6/2.7 5.3 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST6000VN001 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 5400rpm
£23.63 £189 8TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.8/3.2 6.8 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST8000VN004 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 7200rpm
£24.81 £397 16TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.9 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST16000VN001 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£25 £150 6TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.7/2.8 8.8 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST6000VN0033 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 7200rpm
£25.25 £404 16TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.6 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST16000NE000 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£25.36 £355 14TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.9 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST14000VN0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£25.5 £306 12TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.8 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST12000NE0007 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 12TB 7200rpm
£25.67 £77 3TB 1M hours MTBF 5900 180/ 2.3/2.5 5.6 64 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST3000VN007 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 3TB 5900rpm
£25.71 £360 14TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.6 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST14000NE0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£26.33 £316 12TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 2.8/3.2 7.8 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST12000NE0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 12TB 7200rpm
£26.5 £212 8TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 1.8/2.8 9.8 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST8000NE001 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 7200rpm
£27.42 £329 12TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.8 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST12000VN0007 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 12TB 7200rpm
£27.63 £221 8TB 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.7/2.8 9 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST8000VN0022 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 7200rpm
£27.7 £277 10TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 2.8/3.2 7.8 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST10000NE0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 7200rpm
£27.75 £222 8TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 1.8/2.8 7.4 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST8000NE0004 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 8TB 7200rpm
£30 £180 6TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 8.1 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST6000NE000 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 7200rpm
£30.9 £309 10TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 6.8 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST10000NE0004 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 10TB 7200rpm
£31.5 £63 2TB 1M hours MTBF 5900 180/ 1.9/2.1 5 64 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST2000VN004 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 2TB 5900rpm
£32.25 £129 4TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 9 128 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST4000NE001 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 7200rpm
£33.17 £199 6TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 8.1 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST6000NE0023 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 6TB 7200rpm
£37.25 £149 4TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 214/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 8.5 128 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST4000NE0025 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 7200rpm
£37.5 £75 2TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 195/ 2.2-2.4/2.6-2.8 7.5 128 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST2000NE001 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 2TB 7200rpm
£38 £76 2TB 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 195/ 2.2-2.4/2.6-2.8 7.5 128 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST2000NE0025 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 2TB 7200rpm
£46 £46 1TB 1M hours MTBF 5900 180/ 2.1/2.3 3.6 64 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST1000VN002 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 1TB 5900rpm

 

 

 

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