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Seagate IronWolf 12TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST12000VN0008 - OEM
Seagate IronWolf 12TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST12000VN0008 - OEM
  • NAND Flash Memory Type: Hard Drive
  • Recording Technology: CMR
  • Features: Optimized for NAS with AgileArray. AgileArray enables dual-plane balancing and RAID optimization in multi-bay environments, with the most advanced power management possible. Actively protect your NAS with IronWolf Health Management focusing on prevention, intervention, and recovery. High performance means no lag time or downtime for users during workload traffic for the NAS.
  • Usage: For NAS systems
  • Model #: ST12000VN0008
  • Item #: 1JW-001N-00027
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Seagate BarraCuda ST8000DM004 8TB 5400 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
Seagate BarraCuda ST8000DM004 8TB 5400 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM

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  • NAND Flash Memory Type: Hard Drive
  • Recording Technology: SMR
  • Height (maximum): 26.11mm
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WD Red Plus 10TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD101EFBX - OEM
WD Red Plus 10TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD101EFBX - OEM

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  • NAND Flash Memory Type: Hard Drive
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  • Features: Tackle Intensity with WD Red Plus Packed with power to handle the small- to medium-sized business NAS environments and increased workloads for SOHO customers, WD Red Plus is ideal for archiving and sharing, as well as RAID array rebuilding on systems using ZFS and other file systems. Built and tested for
  • Usage: For NAS systems
  • Model #: WD101EFBX
  • Item #: 1B4-005X-001D5
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WD Blue WD80EAZZ 8TB 5640 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
WD Blue WD80EAZZ 8TB 5640 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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  • Recording Technology: CMR
  • Height (maximum): 26.10mm
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  • Length (maximum): 147.00mm
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WD Blue 4TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EZAZ
WD Blue 4TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EZAZ
  • NAND Flash Memory Type: Hard Drive
  • Recording Technology: SMR
  • Features: Tested For Compatibility We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our F.I.T. Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems. Low Power Consumption State-of-the-art seeking algorithms and advanced power management features help ensure low power consumption. NoTouch Ramp Load Technology Safely positions the
  • Usage: For Daily Computing
  • Model #: WD40EZAZ
  • Item #: 1Z4-0002-01CG2
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Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
  • Height (maximum): 19.99mm
  • Width (maximum): 101.85mm
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  • Model #: ST1000DM010
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Seagate IronWolf Pro 6TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache CMR SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD ST6000NE000 - OEM
Seagate IronWolf Pro 6TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache CMR SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD ST6000NE000 - OEM
  • Average Latency: 4.16ms
  • Height (maximum): 26.11mm
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WD Red Pro WD4003FFBX 4TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
WD Red Pro WD4003FFBX 4TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
  • NAND Flash Memory Type: Hard Drives
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WD Red Plus 8TB CMR NAS Hard Drive HDD - 5640 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 128MB Cache, 3.5" - WD80EFZZ - OEM
WD Red Plus 8TB CMR NAS Hard Drive HDD - 5640 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 128MB Cache, 3.5" - WD80EFZZ - OEM
  • Recording Technology: CMR
  • Height (maximum): 26.10mm
  • Width (maximum): 101.60mm
  • Length (maximum): 147.00mm
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WD Red 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6Gb/s, SMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5" - WD60EFAX
WD Red 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6Gb/s, SMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5" - WD60EFAX
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  • Recording Technology: SMR
  • Features: Specifically designed for use in NAS systems with up to 8 bays Supports up to 180 TB/yr workload rate NASware technology for compatibility Small and home office NAS systems in a 24x7 environment
  • Usage: For NAS systems
  • Model #: WD60EFAX
  • Item #: 1Z4-0002-00MY7
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WD Black 10TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD101FZBX - OEM
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  • Recording Technology: CMR
  • Height (maximum): 26.10mm
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WD Red Plus 12TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD120EFBX - OEM
WD Red Plus 12TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD120EFBX - OEM
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  • Recording Technology: CMR
  • Height (maximum): 26.10mm
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  • Model #: WD120EFBX
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Hard Drives

Hard drives are the central storage device for data on your computer. On it rests the documents you create, the music you listen to, the games you play and the video you view. You'll want to choose a drive which is optimized for your primary purpose.
There are a few main things to consider when selecting a hard drive: internal or external hard drive, connection type, speed and capacity. Whether you call it a Hard Drive, a Hard Disk, or an HDD, budget permitting, always go for the fastest drive you can. Speed of data access is measured using RPMs (revolutions per minute). Typical drives range from 5400 to 7200 ROM, with more and more 9600 RPM drive appearing on the scene. A faster rotational speed means greater performance, especially in games, but may cause greater heat and noise.
The capacity, measured in GB (gigabytes), should depend on your own storage requirements. A higher capacity drive will invariably cost more than a smaller drive, so a balance must usually be struck between capacity and cost.
The hard drive interface, whether it's IDE, SATA, or SCSI determine a drive's application: IDE and SATA for personal storage and SCSI for enterprise and mission critical storage. Please see our Internal Hard Drive Buying Guide for more information.

ATA/IDE

Whether you call it "Advanced Technology Attachment" or "Integrated Drive Electronics", the name given to it by Western Digital, this connection method has the drive controller integrated into the drive, rather than connected to the motherboard. They can communicate at up to 133 MB/s.

SATA 1.5 Gbit/s

First-generation SATA interfaces, also known as SATA/150 or unofficially as SATA 1, communicate at a rate of 150MB/s or 1.5 Gbit/s.

SATA 3.0 Gbit/s

Soon after SATA 1.5 Gbit/s introduction a number of shortcomings were observed. This feature, Native Command Queuing (NCQ), was adopted as an optional supported feature for SATA 1.5 Gbit/s and SATA 3.0 Gbit/s devices.
SATA 3.0 Gbit/s is designed to fall back to SATA 1.5 Gbit/s when in communication with these older devices. In practice, some older SATA controllers do not properly implement SATA speed negotiation. SATA cables are less expensive and more compact than for ATA.
With the introduction of SATA, convention ATA is sometimes called Parallel ATA (PATA), which refers to the method in which the data travels over the wires.

Cables and Connectors for SATA Devices

Connectors and Cables are the same for either generation. They are used on 3.5-in SATA hard disks for desktop and server computers and 2.5-in disks for laptop or small computers.

SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)

Actually a variety of interfaces ranging from Narrow SCSI at 40Mb/s to Ultra-640 SCSI at 5120Mb/s may be substantially more expensive than other connections, but it offers a wider range of connection and device possibilities. Frequently SCSI connections may be found in higher-speed disks, up to 15000 RPM.

Computer hard drives contain all the data in your PC, from the operating system to music, movies and video games. Whether you have a laptop or a desktop computer, there are several types of hard drives to choose from. The most common hard drive interfaces are PATA, SATA and SAS. 

HDDs Provide Up To 10TB of Storage Space

HDDs use platters to perform their essential functions. A motor spins the plates while an actuator arm reads and writes on them. Inside the hard drive, there's also an I/O controller that communicates with the other components of the computer system. SSDs, instead, use flash memory.

For this reason, SSDs are much faster. They also tend to generate less heat inside the computer case and to consume less energy than HDDs. Since they have less fragile internal parts, SSDs are generally more durable. However, HDDs can have up to 10TB of capacity, while SSDs can only handle up to 4TB of storage space. Thanks to their speed, SSDs are standard as boot drives. HDDs, instead, work better as mass storage devices.

Are PATA Desktop Hard Drives Compatible With Older Computers?

PATA hard drives need bulky ribbon-like cables to connect to the motherboard. These cables may cause overheating inside the computer case, especially for laptops. If you want multiple PATA hard drives in your PC, you must connect them with the correct jumpers in a master-slave configuration. The master drive communicates directly with the computer and controls the slave drive. This is possible thanks to the configuration of the motherboard, which has both a primary and secondary PATA channel. The PATA standard can transmit data at a maximum speed of 133MBps.

SATA Drives Are Faster and Require Less Bulky Cables

SATA computer hard drives can transmit data at a speed of 150, 300 or 600MBps. SATA drives improve the overall speed of the PC, allowing apps and games to load faster. These drives connect directly to the motherboard with cables that are much smaller than the PATA ones, allowing air to flow better inside the computer case. Each drive connects directly to the motherboard, with no need for a master-slave configuration. SATA cables have a maximum length of 3.3ft so that you can mount the hard drive everywhere inside the computer case.

SAS Internal Hard Drives Offer Superior Reliability

Thanks to their speed and reliability, SAS drives are mostly common in servers, data centers and business computer systems. They can run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and handle up to 1.6 million hours of use at 45°. On the other hand, SATA drives have more capacity and consume less power. SAS drives use cables with a maximum length of 33ft, to meet the needs of large or complex servers. They use a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) to prevent data losses and downtime; If one of the drives fails while you're working, the data will still be available on another drive.