Hard Drive Compatibility 

The hard drives listed below have been tested and qualified for use in ioSafe storage and server systems

Our engineering team puts hard drives through a stringent battery of tests to ensure that they will function at high levels of performance and achieve expected longevity in ioSafe devices. We strongly recommend that you use only these qualified hard drives in ioSafe systems: 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 hard 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.

For a list of older hard drives, click here to see our Qualified End of Life Drive List. 

For use in ioSafe 218, 216, and 214 NAS devices
Brand Model Size Class FW
Seagate ST2000VN004 2TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST3000VN007 3TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST4000VN008 4TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST6000NM0024 6TB Enterprise
Seagate ST6000VN0041 6TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST8000VN0022 8TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST12000VN0007 12TB NAS SC60
Toshiba MG03ACA100 1TB Enterprise
Toshiba MG04ACA200E 2TB Enterprise
Toshiba MG04ACA300E 3TB Enterprise
Toshiba MG04ACA400E 4TB Enterprise
Toshiba MG04ACA400N 4TB Enterprise
Toshiba MG04ACA600E* 6TB Enterprise FW: FS3B
Western Digital WD10EFRX 1TB NAS 01.01A01
Western Digital WD20EFAX 2TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD20EFRX 2TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD30EFRX 3TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD40EFRX 4TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD60EFAX 6TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD60EFRX 6TB NAS
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)
For use in the ioSafe 1019+ NAS device
Brand Model Size Class FW
Seagate ST2000VN004 2TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST2000NE0025 2TB NAS EN02
Seagate ST4000VN008 4TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST4000NE0025 4TB NAS EN02
Seagate ST8000VN0022 8TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST8000NE0004 8TB NAS ED01
Seagate ST14000VN0008 14TB NAS SC60
Western Digital WD20EFRX 2TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD2002FFSX 2TB NAS 81.00A81
Western Digital WD60EFAX 2TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD20EFAX 2TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD40EFRX 4TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD4003FFBX 4TB NAS 83.00A83
Western Digital WD8003FFBX 8TB NAS 83.00A83
Western Digital WD80EFAX 8TB NAS 81.00A81

 

For use in the ioSafe 1517 NAS and Server 5 systems
Brand Model Size Class FW
Seagate ST1000VN002 1TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST2000VN004 2TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST3000VN007 3TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST4000VN008 4TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST6000VN0041 6TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST8000VN0022 8TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST10000VN0004 10TB NAS SC61
Toshiba MG04ACA600E 6TB Enterprise FW: FS3B
Western Digital WD10EFRX 1TB NAS 01.01A01
Western Digital WD60EFAX 2TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD20EFAX 2TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD30EFRX 3TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD40EFRX 4TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD100EFAX 10TB NAS FW: 83.H0A83

 

For use in the ioSafe 1515+ and 1513+ NAS devices
Brand Model Size Class FW
Seagate ST1000VN002 1TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST2000VN004 2TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST3000VN007 3TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST4000VN008 4TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST6000VN0041 6TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST8000VN0022 8TB NAS SC61
Seagate ST10000VN0004 10TB NAS SC61
Toshiba MG04ACA600E 6TB Enterprise FW: FS3B
Western Digital WD10EFRX 1TB NAS 01.01A01
Western Digital WD30EFRX 3TB NAS 80.00A80
Western Digital WD40EFRX 4TB NAS 82.00A82
Western Digital WD100EFAX 10TB NAS FW: 83.H0A83