Seagate Exos 7E8
Among the most sought-after by data centers, the Seagate Exos 7E8 is a native 4K device that is also capable of emulated 512-byte operation. It’s built for an epic 550-terabyte lifespan, many times more than the average desktop model.
- Designed for constant use
- Optimized for the largest workloads
- Up to 2 million hours between faults
Western Digital Gold
The enterprise-grade Western Digital Gold promises an average of 2.5 million hours mean time between failures, which is important to those organizations running 24/7 server operations. It’s constructed to the highest standards in order to withstand 100% duty cycles.
- Production quality control is good
- Runs at reasonable temperatures
- Well-priced for a commercial option
While it is a bit costly, the Seagate Skyhawk’s 14 terabytes are sufficient to store quite a lot of surveillance footage with no need for any to be overwritten. It’s built to write quickly and consistently without making any errors or dropping any frames.
- Holds up to 14000 hrs of 4k video
- Rated up to 180-terabytes-per-year
- Built-in vibration sensors
Western Digital Red Pro
Intended specifically for network-attached storage systems, the Western Digital Red Pro utilizes advanced technology to ensure a long life, and an extremely low failure rate. Each unit is individually tested to make sure that it’s shipped without any intrinsic errors.
- Proprietary nas-oriented protection
- Relatively low price per gigabyte
- Backed by a 5-year warranty
The purpose-built Seagate IronWolf is geared specifically for enterprise applications, and it’s optimized for use in one of the various RAID configurations. It’s highly reliable, and should last a long time, but has subpar random read and write speeds.
- Ideal for plex media servers
- More costly than consumer drives
- Not recommended for everyday tasks
Western Digital Blue
The Western Digital Blue is great for backups or storing photos and videos that you don’t need to access very often. Although well-suited for archiving personal data, it is not the best option for tasks that require constant usage.
- An economical choice
- Cloning software can be downloaded
- Not much cache included
Western Digital Black
The Western Digital Black is an especially well-known model that is often selected by gamers who may need a lot of archival room for data-heavy titles. In addition, it features built-in protection against vibration damage and sector corruption.
- Internal dual-core processor
- Overpriced for its capacity
- It can be noisy
Seagate IronWolf Pro
The Seagate IronWolf Pro is among the most well-regarded professional units on the market, and it performs at just as high a level. It comes bundled with 2 years of data recovery services, and offers burst reading up to 6 gigabits per second.
- Fast data rates
- 300-terabyte-per-year workload
- Compatible with multi-bay nas setups
Seagate FireCuda Desktop
Combining the affordability of magnetic storage with the speed of solid-state memory, the Seagate FireCuda Desktop offers exceptional throughput, at quite a reasonable price. Its 8-gigabyte flash chip works alongside standard discs to vastly improve system response.
- One- and two-terabyte versions
- Much faster than typical models
- 5-year limited warranty
For the best in reliability, without spending a ton of cash, consider the Seagate BarraCuda , which has long been seen as the finest all-mechanical option available. This 3.5-inch version is meant as an upgrade to home desktop PCs, and spins at a maximum of 7,200 RPM.
- Minimal to no bad sectors reported
- A particularly long-lasting choice
- Good price-to-performance ratio