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Compare: WD Red vs Seagate IronWolf

When you get your expandable NAS out of the packaging, your NAS won't have any storage capacity yet. By placing hard drives specially developed for NAS, you'll be sure that all your backups, movies, photos, and personal files are safe. Seagate and WD make drives that are optimized for your NAS: Seagate IronWolf and WD Red. What are the similarities and difference between drives from these brands? I'll explain it to you, so you'll get the best drive for your NAS.

WD Red and Seagate IronWolf

WD Red

WD Red

Specifications

  • NAS firmware: WD NASware

  • Storage capacity: 1TB up to and including 10TB

  • Cache memory: 64MB-256MB

  • Hard drive speed: 5,400RPM

  • Energy-efficient: Yes

  • WD Red is somewhat more economical and cooler than Seagate IronWolf.

  • WD Red has a lower drive speed than Seagate IronWolf.

Seagate IronWolf

Seagate IronWolf

Specifications

  • NAS firmware: Seagate AgileArray

  • Storage capacity: 1TB up to and including 12T

  • Cache memory: 64MB-256MB

  • Hard drive speed: 5,900-7,200RPM

  • Energy-efficient: Only at capacities from 10TB onwards

  • Software: IronWolf Health Management for Synology NAS

  • Seagate IronWolf has a higher drive speed than WD Red.

  • Seagate IronWolf is somewhat louder and hotter than WD Red.

Recap

Both the WD Red and the Seagate IronWolf are specially developed for NAS. Both brands use the same technologies to make your drive last longer, keep it from heating too much, make it save money, and make it vibrate less when writing and reading files. That's why there are more similarities than differences. For example, the Seagate IronWolf is faster, but it uses a little more energy. If you have a Synology NAS, you'll maintain your Seagate drive's condition using the Seagate IronWolf Health Management software. The WD Red, on the other hand, is slower, but more economical and hence somewhat more reliable. With a WD Red, you're choosing a decent and reliable drive, whereas with a Seagate IronWolf, you're choosing a powerhouse.

Richard
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