The best SSDs and HDDs: 2022 ranking – Gadgets

The best SSDs and HDDs: 2022 ranking – Gadgets
The best SSDs and HDDs: 2022 ranking – Gadgets

The best HDD

Seagate IronWolf NAS HDD

Choose this model if you need an additional drive with a large amount of memory. The capacity of such an HDD can be up to 16 TB. The IronWolf series of drives is designed to easily handle heavy workloads that include reading/writing data for days on end. In general, the capacity of IronWolf hard drives varies: it can be equal to 1/2/3 TB (5900 rpm, cache – 256 MB), 6 TB (5600 rpm, cache – 256 MB), 8/10/12/16 TB (7200 rpm, cache – 256 MB). In addition, the disk will work when writing data quickly, since it uses magnetic recording technology (CMR).

HDD can become an alternative to this WD Red Plus . Their memory capacity can be 2/3/4/6/8/10/12/14 TB. Also, these hard drives in models with a smaller capacity have more cache memory.

It will be a good budget option Seagate Barracuda . The memory speed of the variant with 1 TB (cache – 64 MB) and 2 TB (cache – 256 MB) is 7200 rpm, with 3 TB and above – 5400 rpm.

The best portable drive

Samsung T7 Touch

When you connect the T7 Touch via the USB 3.1 port, you can get a read speed of up to 1050 MB/s and a write speed of up to 1000 MB/s. At the same time, the metal case of the drive will be able to withstand any fall. True, it does not have dust and moisture protection, but there is a fingerprint sensor. Thanks to the compact dimensions of 85x57x8 mm, you can easily put this SSD in your pocket. The storage capacity of the Samsung T7 Touch can be 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.

There is also a more reliable drive option with the same transfer speed. It SanDisk Extreme . The case of this model has IP55 protection, as well as a 5-year warranty.

External drives are considered the fastest Extreme Pro from SanDisk (up to 2000 MB/s) and Samsung X5 (reading speed – 2800 MB/s, writing – 2300 MB/s).

The best external HDD

WD My Book USB3

You get a lot of disk space for a small price. This makes WD My Book USB3 different from other analogues. In total, you can choose the amount of memory from 3 to 18 TB. Equipped with exFAT file system model, WD backup software for Mac or Windows computer. It is also compatible with Time Machine from Apple. The reading and writing speed here is not high, so My Book is best suited for storing files that are rarely used. In addition, the drive has only a Micro-B USB 3.0 connector, and it needs a power supply (included) to work.

It can serve as an inexpensive alternative WD My Passport Ultra . There are several versions with different amounts of memory: 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB, 5 TB. A modern USB-C connector is also installed here (a USB-A adapter is included), built-in hardware encryption, an activity indicator, and software utilities. The warranty for the model is three years. The read and write speed of the device is around 130MB/s, which is in line with the competition.

The best home NAS

Synology DS220+ or ​​DS920+

The DS220+ has two drive bays and can support up to 32TB of maximum capacity for 3.5/2.5-inch SATA hard drives as well as 2.5-inch SATA drives. The speed of reading data here is 225 MB/s, writing – 192 MB/s. Inside is a Synology Celeron J4025 processor with two cores, 2 GB of DDR4 RAM (expandable to 6 GB), two 1 Gbit/s LAN ports with channel aggregation, two USB 3.0 ports (5 Gbit/s). There is also 4K support, and of the RAID types supported are SHR, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1. However, these versions do not have an M.2 slot.

If you’re looking to buy a four-bay model, consider the Synology DS920+. This device can support up to 64 TB of output capacity, two NVME SSDs and nine drives with a separate expansion module. DS920+ works on the basis of the Intel Celeron J4125 processor, has 4 GB of RAM, the amount of which can be increased to 8 GB, two 1GbE connectors, two USB “3.1 Gen 2” ports (5 Gbit/s).

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