Hard Drives

Hard drive upgrades are one way to ensure your new system is snappy and responsive. Today's modern computers ideally should be paired up with the right hard drive/s to meet your needs. How you choose to setup your individual PC's hard drive configuration is largely dependent on your personal needs and budget. We offer a wide range of hard drives in our PCs, but every hard drive we offer is well known for its silence and reliability.

NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs



 

NVMe M.2 drives are lightning fast hard drives which utilize your PC PCIe 3.0 system bus lanes. If available on your PC, we recommend putting your operating system and programs on a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 hard drive, and putting your data storage on a SATA III SSD or WD Red Hard Drive. Note: NVMe M.2 drives will only work at full speed on M.2 and NVMe-ready motherboards, which is the case with most of our new systems. Look for M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 in the specifications.

PCIe 3.0 x 4 SSDs/M.2 drives are typically 3X-6X as fast as SATA III SSDs and are 9X-18X as fast as standard hard disks.

SSDs = Absolute Silence

For absolutely silent drive operation, with extremely fast speeds, a solid state drive (SSD) or M2 drive is the best option. Unlike a standard hard drive, SSDs and M2s have no moving parts. SSDs don't make any noise, are much faster than a standard hard drive, and are more reliable. We recommend Samsung 860 Evo SSDs for a highly reliable and reasonably priced SSD.



 

SSDs are typically 3X as fast as standard hard disks.

Quiet Data Drives



 

Our Western Digital Red Series quiet hard drive drives are extremely quiet. Red Series drives are generally used for LARGE DATA STORAGE, for long-term reliability, and for extreme silence with a reasonable price-tag). For PCs that are always on, a highly reliable drive is essential. With a 35% MTBF improvement over standard desktop drives, the WD Red drives are designed and manufactured to be a reliable and robust solution.

Recommended Hard Drive Configurations

Computer and Hard Drive Connector Speeds


 
Hard Drive Model Number Capacity MTBF

Sequential Read

Sequential Write Connection
Standard
Warranty
Samsung 860 EVO Series 250GB SSD (Solid State Disk) MZ-76E250BW 250GB 1,500,000 hours 550 MB/s 520 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 5 Year
Samsung 860 EVO Series 500GB SSD (Solid State Disk) MZ-76E500BW 500GB 1,500,000 hours 550 MB/s 520 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 5 Year
Samsung 860 EVO Series 1TB SSD (Solid State Disk) MZ-76E1T0BW 1TB 1,500,000 hours 550 MB/s 520 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 5 Year
Samsung 860 EVO Series 2TB SSD (Solid State Disk) MZ-76E2T0BW 2TB 1,500,000 hours 550 MB/s 520 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 5 Year
Samsung 860 EVO Series 4TB SSD (Solid State Disk) MZ-76E4T0BW 4TB 1,500,000 hours 550 MB/s 520 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 5 Year
WD Red 4TB NAS Hard Drive WD40EFRX 4TB 1,000,000 hours 150 MB/s 150 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 3 Year
WD Red 8TB NAS Hard Drive WD80EFAX 8TB 1,000,000 hours 178 MB/s 178 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 3 Year
WD Red 10TB NAS Hard Drive WD100EFAX 10TB 1,000,000 hours 210 MB/s 210 MB/s SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 3 Year
Samsung 970 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V7E250BW 250GB 1,500,000 hours Up to 3400 MB/s Up to 1500 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V7E500BW 500GB 1,500,000 hours Up to 3400 MB/s Up to 2300 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V7E1T0BW 1TB 1,500,000 hours Up to 3400 MB/s Up to 2500 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year
Samsung 970 EVO 2TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V7E2T0BW 2TB 1,500,000 hours Up to 3500 MB/s Up to 2500 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year
Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V7P512BW 512GB 1,500,000 hours Up to 3500 MB/s Up to 2300 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year
Samsung 970 PRO 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD MZ-V7P1T0BW 1TB 1,500,000 hours Up to 3500 MB/s Up to 2700 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year
Intel Optane SSD 905P 3D XPoint 480GB Optane-905P-480GB 480GB 1,600,000 hours Up to 2600 MB/s Up to 2200 MB/s PCIe 3.0 x4 5 Year