I want to put a RAID10 array of 4x5TB WD Datacenter drives in a server. What happens if I don't want to use the server anymore and I want to use those drives in a NAS instead? Does it have to be a NAS drive like the WD Red?

I think there is an obvious answer to this question, but I just want to make sure the drives I buy will be usable in another setup. Maybe I am missing something.

closed as unclear what you're asking by HBruijn Aug 16 '16 at 7:45

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • Welcome and thank you for posting. Getting good answers requires a clear and useful question which is well written , on-topic and contains sufficient details to provide you with a good solution. - Please improve your question to address those points or run the risk of leaving your problem unresolved and/or having your question closed. – HBruijn Aug 16 '16 at 7:23
  • On a more serious note, since your question is very unclear and sparse on details, it is unlikely that you can preserve the data on the disks unless both the server and NAS appliance use the same model of RAID controller. – HBruijn Aug 16 '16 at 7:45
  • Regarding your edit: Requests for product, service, or learning material recommendations are considered off-topic on serverfault.com. - Server and NAS drives are designed/engineered for different workloads and environments and may contain different firmware especially compared to desktop disks. That may not be a problem at all, or it might manifest in a bit shorter lifecycle, which you can mitigate with adequate monitoring – HBruijn Aug 16 '16 at 13:06

Assuming they are compatible, they should work just fine. What's the concern here? Are you worried about something you aren't saying?

You know NAS is just a generic term for a storage server that resides on a network right?


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