2TB hard drives for the QNAP TS-459 PRoII NAS device we mentioned we are looking at are kind of hard to find with the Thailand flooding issue (and the complete lack of supplier diversification on the part of MAJOR corporations!).
3TB hard drives are, if available, insanely priced, especially in the enterprise class category that we prefer.
One of the highly rated, enterprise class 2TB hard drives on the QNAP compatibility list is the Western Digital 2 TB RE4 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive – WD2003FYYS.
Hitachi is on the list too, but when you start reading user reviews you find that many are finding DOA drives and very early drive failures. This is in line with some of our own experience as well.
So to make your chore of finding 2TB hard drives for QNAP NAS devices easier we have assembled the table below with links directly to Amazon.com.
Sure, there are other places that sell them, but when we check prices, shipping costs, (taxes), availability and combine that with Amazon’s great service if there is a problem, we bought ours from Amazon.
2TB Hard Drives From QNAP Compatibility List
We have these NAS hard drives marked as enterprise class (longer warranty, better reliability) if they are, otherwise assume consumer class (lower price).
|Hitachi||Ultrastar 7K3000 (Enterprise)||HDS723020ALA640||6Gb/s||7200||64MB||Y||5||NAS firmware upgrade to v3.4.0 or later best|
Ultrastar A7K2000 (Enterprise)
|Western Digital||RE4 (Enterprise)||WD2003FYYS||3Gb/s||7200||64MB||Y||5||None|
|Western Digital||RE4-GP (Enterprise)||WD2002FYPS||3Gb/s||#||64MB||Y||5||Get latest drive firmware|
|Seagate||Barracuda XT||ST33000641AS||6Gb/s||7200||64MB||N||5||NAS firmware upgrade to v3.4.0 or later best|
# – Intellipower / Coolpower “Green” hard drives do not rate at a particular constant speed
3TB Hard Drives From QNAP Compatibility List
(If you can find them and afford them)
|Hitachi||Ultrastar 7K3000 (Enterprise)||HUA723030ALA640||6Gb/s||7200||64MB||Y||5||None|
|Hitachi||Deskstar 7K3000||HDS723030ALA640||6Gb/s||7200||64MB||Y||3||NAS firmware upgrade to v3.4.0 or later best|
|ST33000650NS||6Gb/s||7200||64MB||Y||5||NAS firmware upgrade to v3.4.0 or later best|
# – Intellipower “Green” hard drives do not rate at a particular constant speed
Please note that some Western Digital drives not listed here, but listed on QNAP’s site as compatible also have a “Note #9″ which states that even though compatible, Western Digital recommends NOT using them in a RAID system. Therefore we have NOT included them above.
Samsung drives are not included because of personal experience and a Note at QNAP’s site about downloading a special tool to improve data integrity. Does that scare anyone else besides us?
So check the list (and check it twice!) and grab yourself some 2TB hard drives for a QNAP NAS. 3TB will eventually be affordable, and prices can change daily so check first if you think that might be your preference.