Qualified Hard Drive List

The hard drives listed below have been tested and qualified for use in ioSafe NAS, server and BDR products. We strongly recommend that only listed drives be used: using non-qualified drives may negatively impact performance and reliability.

Note that there are a number of classes of hard drive available, each designed for specific workloads and applications. We recommend whichever class of drive is appropriate given the way in which your iosafe product will be used.

  • Desktop drives. Desktop drives are the least expensive class of drive but are not designed for a constant usage and do not typically provide protection from vibrations that can be produced by a multi-drive NAS or RAID system. Consequently, desktop drives should only be used in NAS or RAID systems in cases where the workload will be relatively light - for example, where the system will be used lightly in a home or small office environment or used only as a backup target.
  • Enterprise drives. Enterprise class drives typically use superior technology and components to provide functionality such as error correction and vibration protection and are the best choice for systems that will be subject to a heavy or constant workloads - for example, database servers or systems that will be used in office enviroments where multiple users will simultaneously access files throughout the day.
  • NAS Drives. NAS drives can provide better reliability, durability and performance than desktop drives at a lower price point than enterprise drives. Some NAS drives are based on consumer drive architecture and do not provide vibration protection; others are based on enterprise drive architecture and do provide vibration protection. In both cases, the drives will have firmware that has been optimized for NAS systems.
3.5" SATA Hard Drives
Brand Model Size Class FW
Hitachi 0A39289 1TB Enterprise JPT3EA
Hitachi 0F10383 1TB Desktop JPT39C, JPT3MA, JP40A3EA
Hitachi 0F12115 2TB Desktop MN6OA580
Hitachi 0F12456 3TB Enterprise MRK800
Hitachi 0F14681 4TB Desktop 3B0
Hitachi 0F14683 4TB Enterprise MPK3B0
Hitachi 0F14696 4TB Desktop 3B0, MPAOA250
Hitachi 0F18335 6TB Enterprise AHGNT1E2
Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB Desktop CC9B, CC4B, CC4C
Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Desktop JC4B, JC45
Seagate ST2000DL003 2TB Desktop CC32, CC98, CC3C, CC45
Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB Desktop CC95, CC96, CC4C, CC43, CC24
Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB Desktop CC95, CC96, CC43, CC4B, CC4H
Seagate ST4000DM000 4TB Desktop CC43, CC51, CC52
Seagate ST4000DX000 4TB Desktop CC42
Seagate ST6000NM0024 6TB Enterprise SN02
** Seagate ST10000VN0004 10TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST8000VN0022 8TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST8000VN0004 8TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST7000VN0002 7TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST6000VN0041 6TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST4000VN008 4TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST3000VN007 3TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST2000VN004 2TB NAS SC61
** Seagate ST1000VN002 1TB NAS SC61
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB Desktop MS2OA750
Toshiba MG03ACA100 1TB Enterprise FL1A
Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB Desktop MX4OAAB0
Toshiba MG03ACA200 2TB Enterprise FL1A
Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB Desktop MX6OABB0
* Toshiba MG03ACA300 3TB Enterprise FL1A
* Toshiba MG03ACA400 4TB Enterprise FL1A
* Toshiba MG04ACA600E 6TB Enterprise FW: FS3B
Western Digital WD1003FBYX 1TB Enterprise 01.01V02
Western Digital WD10EALX 1TB Desktop 17.01H17
Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB Desktop 51.0AB51, 80.00A80
Western Digital WD10EARX 1TB Desktop 51.0AB51
Western Digital WD10EFRX 1TB NAS 01.01A01
* Western Digital WD2000FYYZ 2TB Enterprise 01.01K01
Western Digital WD20EARX 2TB Desktop 51.0AB51
Western Digital WD20EFRX 2TB NAS 80.00A80
* Western Digital WD3000FYYZ 3TB Enterprise 01.01K01
Western Digital WD30EFRX 3TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD30EZRX 3TB Desktop 80.00A80
Western Digital WD40EFRX 4TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD40EZRX 4TB Desktop 80.00A80
* Western Digital WD4000FYYZ 4TB Enterprise 01.01K01
Western Digital WD60EFRX 6TB NAS 80.00A80
* Western Digital WD4000F9YZ 4TB Enterprise 01.01A02
Western Digital WD80EFZX 8TB NAS 83.H0A83
Western Digital WD100EFAX 10TB NAS FW: 83.H0A83

* Note: This particular drive tends to run hotter than most drives during normal operation. Maximum environmental temperature is derated to 30°C (86°F).

** Only Compatible with the ioSafe 1513+, 1515+, 1517, and Server 5.

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