Western Digital released the WD Red, NAS Hard Drives, for the home or small office network attached storage (NAS) systems. So how is the red different from the rest (WD Black, WD Blue, WD Green)?
The WD family of internal hard drives
|WD Black||Maximum performance for power computing delivering leading-edge performance for enthusiasts and creative professionals|
|WD Blue||Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing delivering solid performance and reliability for desktops PC; external enclosures and for certain industrial applications|
|WD Green||Cool and quiet operation for efficient eco-conscious computing as secondary drives in PCs and other applications which low noise and low heat are beneficial|
|WD Red||The new color of NAS. They are designed and tested for compatibility in the unique 24 x 7 operating environment and demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS|
Western Digital has gone to great lengths to ensure a great user experience. They’ve worked with Synology, QNAP and other NAS providers to make sure that the WD Red are qualified as compatible with these popular systems and host chipsets.
The WD Red comes with customized NASware firmware which includes critical features like intelligent error recovery controls that prevent the drives from dropping off the RAID during long recovery cycles. NASware also delivers temperature accuracy within 1 degrees celsius. To further improve reliability, NASware minimizes the data corruption or loss in the event of unexpected power loss by completing the command in process before shutting down.
With so many nifty features, I have grabbed a few units of the WD Red 3TB Hard Drive for NAS (WD30EFRX) for the Synology DS412+ NAS. These WD Red Hard Drives comes in flavours of 1TB, 2TB and 3TB. They feature 64MB cache, SATA 6GB/s interface and Intellipower low power spindle. Not to mention 3 years warranty and a dedicated support line just for WD Red owners.
I will be testing these WD Red drives together with the Synology DS412+ in later reviews.
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