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Given all the great advice you have given over the years, I am about to buy my first "real" NAS, the Synology DS220+. My question is: should I buy WD Red or Seagate Ironwolf for the Synology?
I was originally thinking that a pair of 6TB would be good for what I need the NAS to do, but with the WD SMR/CMR issue, I'm now looking at 8TB drives to eliminate that issue. Please can you give guidance on whether the 7200RPM Seagates are more reliable than the 5400RPM WDs? Do they make more noise (the DS220+ will be next to my router in the living room)? Use more power? For backup and media server, any differences?
Any guidance would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Mixing very similar drives
Immediately after purchasing 2 drives configured in RAID 1 for my new Numbustor-4 (BTRFS) with plans to later get 2 more identical drives to fill up the NAS and go to either RAID 5 or 6, I learned I purchased a lesser drive which I fear may be eliminated from Seagate’s product line by the time I get two more (very little difference in cost – I feel like a dummy for not noticing there were two types!).
My question is if the lesser drives do go off the market and only the better ones are available, can I still do my plan? If not, I think I am going to beg forgiveness from the wife and get 2 more.
(In the system now)
Seagate 6TB IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM NCQ 128MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST6000VN0041)
Seagate IronWolf 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 256MB Cache for RAID Network Attached Storage – Frustration Free Packaging (ST6000VN0033)