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Best Hard Drives for ASUSTOR AS6508T NAS in 2020

ASUSTOR AS6508T (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

The mechanical hard drives you can install inside your desktop PC aren't designed for continuous use in Network Attached Storage (NAS). This is where specific NAS drives from the likes of Seagate and Western Digital come into play. We've rounded up the best drives you should use in the ASUSTOR AS6508T.

What should you look for?

When looking at hard drives for your ASUSTOR NAS, you'll ideally want to aim for a drive with a 7,200RPM motor and 64MB of cache for mechanical drives or an SSD of any size if you have the available funds. Really, for storage, all you need to bear in mind is the capacity and price. M.2 SSDs can be bought to add rapid cache drives and make accessing files quicker.

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.