Back in July of last year, Western Digital launched the first purpose built NAS hard drive, and for the longest time I was waiting for Seagate to do the same. Today this has come to fruition with the NAS HDD, offered in two, three and four TB capacities. With the launch of a 4TB model, Seagate has one upped WD when it comes to storage capacity with 20TB now being capable in a 5-bay NAS, and since the WD Red tops out at 3TB currently, it makes you wonder how long before WD announces their Red at 4TB.
I must admit, after receiving the press release for the NAS HDD, I thought this was just a rebadged Desktop HDD, but it's not. Seagate has taken much of what they have learned in the enterprise sector and applied it to a drive, which is in reach of the average consumer. We now have technology like dual plane balance and NASWorks that supports highly customized error recovery controls, power management and higher vibration tolerance catered just for the 24/7 high heat environment of your typical NAS appliance.
Performance of the NAS HDD was on par with the Desktop variant throughout most of our testing, and well ahead of the 1TB single platter WD Red NAS drive. Most notably the performance was a balanced effort between read and write speeds, this coming as a byproduct of Seagate's NASWorks technology.
At the time of writing pricing of the Seagate NAS HDD in the 4TB capacity is set at $209.99 with high availability. You will also find the 3TB and 2TB capacities listed at $169.99 and $139.99, respectively.