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Best Synology DS1019+ Compatible Hard Drives in 2022

Choosing the best drives for your NAS is more important doing the same for your desktop or laptop. You need storage that's capable of running continuously without issue and is reliable enough to hold all your valuable data. Luckily, there are drives out there designed specifically for use with a NAS, like the excellent Seagate IronWolf (opens in new tab).

Best overall: Seagate Ironwolf

Seagate IronWolf

Seagate IronWolf

Seagate IronWolf

Hard drives specifically designed for NAS

Reasons to buy

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Great performance
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Reliable
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Quiet
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3-year warranty
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High workload

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Not all run at 7,200RPM

The Seagate IronWolf series is the company's solution for NAS setups, rivaling the Western Digital Red. Similar technology, named AgileArray, is implemented to offer enhanced performance and reliability over desktop drives, and these units can be installed in boxes that support up to eight bays. IronWolf Pro is the next step up with slightly more expensive drives but increased supported bays, workload rates, and a limited warranty.

Most importantly, these drives can be run 24/7 without shutdown. The IronWolf family of NAS hard drives come in 1TB (opens in new tab), 2TB (opens in new tab), 3TB (opens in new tab), 4TB (opens in new tab), 6TB (opens in new tab), 8TB (opens in new tab), 10TB (opens in new tab), 12TB (opens in new tab), and 14TB (opens in new tab) versions and all come with 3-year warranties. Prices start at $60 for the 1TB capacity configuration but can cap out at more than $500. Do note that only configurations of 4TB and above sport rotational vibration sensors, so we recommend not going below that. The 6TB and above models run at 7,200 RPM.

Best Runner-up: Western Digital Red

Western Digital Red

Western Digital Red

Hard drives meant for NAS

Reasons to buy

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Great performance
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Reliable
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Quiet
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3-year warranty
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High workload

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Only 5,400 RPM

Western Digital's (WD) Red hard drives are manufactured for NAS use and can be deployed in systems that support up to eight bays. WD is a powerful brand in the storage market and its drives are well known in the industry — they last a long time, are backed by 3-year limited warranties, and are high quality. Red isn't the fastest hard drive series on the market, but using them in a RAID formation can make up for this.

This particular series of drives comes in 1TB (opens in new tab), 2TB (opens in new tab), 3TB (opens in new tab), 4TB (opens in new tab), 6TB (opens in new tab), 8TB (opens in new tab) and 10TB (opens in new tab) versions. Depending on just how much space you require, it's possible to pick one up for as little as $65 (1TB). Each drive comes with the company's NASware 3.0 for enhanced reliability and performance. It's also worth noting that WD doesn't ship any mounting brackets or screws with these drives.

Best reliability: Seagate Ironwolf Pro

Seagate Ironwolf Pro

Seagate IronWolf Pro (Image credit: Seagate)

Seagate IronWolf Pro

Amazing performance and reliability

Reasons to buy

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7,200 PRM
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Reliable
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Quiet
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5-year warranty
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High workload

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Just like the upgraded WD Red Pro drives, Seagate offers a "Pro" version of its NAS IronWolf storage series. This NAS drive family consists of models that rock 7,200 RPM motors that allow for data transfer rates of up to 250MB/s. You also get a 5-year limited warranty from the manufacturer and work load limit of 300TB per year. All this means you'll be investing in a capable NAS drive that's rated to last for multiple years.

There's also the fact that the Seagate IronWolf Pro drives can be installed on NAS servers that house up to 24 bays. That's a lot of drives. When you require vast amounts of storage for hosting big files, you'll do well to choose the IronWolf Pro series with a NAS that can house countless drives. And just like Western Digital, Seagate packs in advanced features like IronWolf Health Management for enhanced data loss protection.

These drives are pricey, but worth it if you need the additional performance. The Pro range comes in 2TB (opens in new tab), 4TB (opens in new tab), 6TB (opens in new tab), 8TB (opens in new tab), 10TB (opens in new tab), 12TB (opens in new tab) and 14TB (opens in new tab) variants.

Best Performance: Western Digital Red Pro

Western Digital Red Pro

Western Digital Red Pro (Image credit: Western Digital)

Western Digital Red Pro

When only the best will do

Reasons to buy

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7,200 PRM
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Reliable
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Quiet
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5-year warranty
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High workload

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The standard WD NAS drives are pretty good, so why would you need to consider the "Pro" version? Simply put, these drives are even better for your NAS deployment. The Red Pro from Western Digital comes rocking more cache and faster 7,200 RPM motors that can allow for up to around 50MB/s of additional data transfer headroom. While the standard NAS drives are rated to work in formations of up to eight drives, these Pro units can work in NAS with up to 24 bays.

Then you have the more advanced features like 3D Active Balance Plus and error recovery controls. If you're all about peace of mind and have the budget to spare, grabbing some Pro drives will not only make your NAS work a little bit faster from a storage perspective, but also more effectively shield you against data loss. Whether these features and the slight increase in performance is worth the bump in price is down to your needs and available budget. They're certainly not for everyone, but if you need to move large amounts of data, it might be worth a look.

You'll be able to choose from 2TB (opens in new tab), 4TB (opens in new tab), 6TB (opens in new tab), 8TB (opens in new tab), 10TB (opens in new tab) storage options.

Bottom line

When choosing reliable hard drives for a NAS, both Western Digital and Seagate offer great options at reasonable prices. There's not a whole lot of difference between the Red (opens in new tab) and IronWolf (opens in new tab) series of drives. Both have similar speeds, warranties, reliability scores and more. It's recommended you grab at least two drives with a capacity of 2TB so you can use RAID for redundancy without sacrificing too much on available space. If I was to recommend one it would be the Seagate option. Not only do you save a little, but you get more capacity options. I've had IronWolfs running in a NAS for years without failure so I can attest that they'll last a while, too.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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.