Whether you’re buying a NAS for the first time and need to add hard drives or are looking to increase the storage of your home NAS, Black Friday is the best time to pick up hard drives.
There are plenty of great deals on all major NAS HDD models, including Western Digital’s Red Plus and Red Pro series, Seagate’s IronWolf Pro, and Toshiba N300. NAS hard drives feature custom software designed for 24/7 use, and they come with built-in vibration resistance — ideal for use within a NAS enclosure.
I currently have over 200TB running in my home server, and having used several IronWolf Pro and WD Red models over the course of the last decade, I have a good understanding of what hard drives you need for your home server. So if you’re just getting started or looking to increase the storage of your server, these are the NAS HDDs you need.
With drives starting out at just $59 for the 3TB Red Plus (opens in new tab) and going all the way to $329 for the 20TB Red Pro (opens in new tab), there is a wide variety of choice available if you’re interested in increasing the storage of your home server.
In my use case, I found Seagate’s IronWolf Pro and the Red Pro drives to be the best options; these tend to be costlier than their standard IronWolf and Red Plus siblings, but they come with added reliability features and include five-year warranty as standard, and that makes all the difference. Regardless of whatever drive you pick up, know that you’re getting a reliable workhorse that will serve you well for several years.