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Best and Most Reliable Hard Drives for ASUSTOR AS5304T in 2022

ASUSTOR AS5304T (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

When looking for hard drives to install in the ASUSTOR AS5304T NAS, there are plenty of options available. We've rounded up some of our favorites, including the more affordable NAS drives, professional variants, and more pricey solid-state drives (SSD).

What should you look for?

If you want hard drives for your NAS, you need to consider a few factors. More importantly is the motor speed, which should be 7200RPM if possible. 64MB of cache is also a good thing to have. While slower drives aren't necessarily bad for NAS servers, you may hit a ceiling if multiple accounts attempt to access large files, reducing transfer speeds.

There are a lot of similarities between Western Digital and Seagate, two of the largest companies in this space. Hard drives and SSDs will perform well, regardless of branding. If you want the most affordable drives, Seagate IronWolf and Western Digital Red are the way to go. If you have a NAS with more than eight bays, you'll want the Pro series. SSDs are good for those with deep pockets and a need for rapid transfers. Choose your desired capacity and you're good to go.

We've used the Seagate IronWolf for years without fault and find the drives to be well priced to boot. The same can be said about the Western Digital Red, which are almost identical to Seagate counterparts. If you want to expand on your NAS storage, you'll want to aim big with the more pricey Seagate IronWolf Pro and Western Digital Red Pro.

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.