They can be used as a regular drive. Sometimes the drives themselves are the same, with different firmware and or different rotational speed. The nas firmware adds features a NAS setup can utilize that helps the drives perform and last longer utilized in a NAS setup.I've been out of the loop for awhile and see we now have NAS specific drives such as the IronWolf. What makes a NAS drive a NAS drive and can they be used as a regular HDD?
NAS or enterprise drives have command timeout set to 7 seconds so it isn't booted after 8 seconds in a NAS or raid array, you want the disk to give up because the raid will fetch a copy from mirror or parity and rewrite the sector so the bad sector can be reallocated (bad sectors can't be reallocated until a write happens to same sector witch the raid does automatically when the disk reports a UNC) having bad sectors on a NAS or enterprise HDD isn't a problem as long as it isn't rising after a 2 smart extended scan and scrubI remember a time long ago, when some drives were a bit disadvantaged (might have been WD greens, but seriously, I don't remember) as far as fault conditions go.
Once they encountered a recoverable problem during read/write (which normally causes the 'pending sector count' to go up) it would take a longer time to get back to business, which caused them to be marked as 'bad' by RAID controllers.
Does this, or a similar thing still happen? Or is a drive a drive, be it desktop or NAS?