Best Hard Drives for Freenas

This entry has been published on July 26, 2021 and may be out of date.

Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by admin

Best Hard Drives for Freenas –  FreeNAS is a FreeBSD based storage platform that utilizes ZFS. The fact that it uses a thoroughly enterprise file system and it is free means that it is extremely popular among IT professionals who are on constrained budgets. At STH we test hundreds of hardware combinations each year. From this experience, we are going to keep a running log of the best FreeNAS hard drives. We are going to focus this guide on FreeNAS servers with under 30 storage devices and will periodically update the listing.

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1.Seagate Portable 1TB

2.WD 2TB Elements Portable

3.LaCie Rugged Mini 2TB

4.Toshiba Canvio Basics 4TB

5.Western Digital 4TB


Best Hard Drives for Freenas – Hard drives are the storage tier where (virtually) all data ultimately resides in FreeNAS. While they are the lowest cost tier of storage, hard drives are important for data integrity. Over the years, we have started to segment our builds based on drive size, so 2-8 drives, 8-16 drives and builds with more than 16 drives. We also suggest using larger drives. The reason for this is simple, each drive takes up space and uses power. At the same time, each drive has a cost to connect. Each drive takes a hot swap bay, some cabling, a disk port on the motherboard, a controller, or a SAS expander/ PCIe switch. As a result, connecting fewer drives costs less over time.