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Best hard drives for Synology DiskStation DS220+ NAS 2022

Synology DiskStation DS220+
Synology DiskStation DS220+ (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

Mechanical drives (HDDs) are best suited for network-attached storage (NAS) enclosures. But if you want to push the best NAS to their limits, solid-state drives (SSDs) offer increased transfer speeds. We've rounded up the best HDDs and SSDs for the Synology DiskStation DS220+, depending on which you'd prefer.

What should you look for?

When looking for the best and most reliable hard drives for Synology NAS like the DiskStation DS220+, you'll want to choose an HDD (or few) specifically designed for NAS use. Western Digital and Seagate offer families of drives that meet this requirement, providing the best drives for continuous operation. They offer plenty of storage space, are pretty fast for spinning plates, and don't cost too much. Ideally, you'll want a 7,200 RPM 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 is 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 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.