Best Hard Drives for ASUSTOR AS6508T NAS in 2020

ASUSTOR AS6508T
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?

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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 (opens in new tab) for years without fault and find the drives to be well priced to boot. The same can be said about the Western Digital Red (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) and Western Digital Red Pro (opens in new tab).

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

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