Best Hard Drives for QNAP TS431-X3 NAS 2020

QNAP TS-431X3 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

Filling up your NAS enclosure with capable hard disk (HDDs) or solid-state (SSD) drives is the only way you're going to store your stuff for streaming and providing access to others. To really appreciate the best NAS for home, you'll need some speedy storage. We've collected the best hard drives for the QNAP TS431-X3.

What should you look for?

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When hunting around for the best hard drives for the QNAP TS431-X3, you'll want to choose an HDD specifically designed for NAS use. Don't go and use that hard drive from your desktop PC. It won't fare as well when used continuously. Both Western Digital and Seagate offer families of drives that meet this requirement, providing the best drives for continuous operation. You get to enjoy low prices, loads of storage space, and fairly rapid transfer rates for spinning metal plates. Just bear in mind that you'll want a 7,200RPM motor and 64MB of cache.

We've used the Seagate IronWolf for years without fault and find the drives to be well priced. 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
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a 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 on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.