In a Network Attached Storage device, a desktop hard drive is not designed for NAS environments. Do right by your NAS and choose the drive with an array of features to preserve your data and maintain optimum performance. Take the following into consideration when choosing a hard drive for your NAS:
Compatibility: Without being tested for compatibility with your NAS system, optimum performance is not guaranteed.
Reliability: The always-on environment of a NAS or RAID is a hot one. And desktop drives aren’t typically designed and tested in those conditions. WD Red is.
Error recovery Controls: WD Red NAS hard drives are specifically designed with RAID error recovery control to help reduce failures within the NAS system. Desktop drives are typically not designed for RAID environments where this can be an issue.
Noise and Vibration Protection: Designed to operate solo, desktop drives offer little or no protection from the noise and vibration faced in a multi-drive system. WD Red drives are designed for multi-bay NAS systems.
For Home, SME and Big Businesses
WD Red for Home
Stream, backup, share and organize your digital content at home with a NAS and WD Red drives designed to effortlessly share content to the devices in your home. Red NASware increases your drives’ compatibility with your devices, TV, stereo and more. Live in a connected world.
WD Red for Small Business
Businesses thrive on productivity and efficiency two of the guiding principles built into the design of WD Red. It’s the hard drive of choice for 1 to 8 bay systems. NASware 3.0 allows for seamless integration with your existing network so WD Red can share and backup files at the speed of your business. And for larger businesses with up to 16 bays, count on WD Red Pro.
WD Red Pro for Big Business
If you’re looking for maximum performance in a heavy use NAS, WD Red Pro delivers the same exceptional performance for the business customer. For NAS environments with 8 to 16 bays, WD Red Pro is designed to handle an increase in workload and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Model # Capacity Interface RPM Class Cache
WD101EFAX 10TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 256MB
WD80EFAX 8TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 256MB
WD60EFAX 6TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 256MB
WD40EFRX 4TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD30EFRX 3TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD20EFAX 2TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 256MB
WD10EFRX 1TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
What is the Highest Capacity of WD RED Drive available ?
As in 2019 , 14TB is the highest capacity available.
Can I use a WD Red drive in Desktops and servers ?
These are SATA III drives and can be used anywhere you can use a SATA drive. They work well with Desktops also. For Servers you should use Enterprise Grade Ultrastar Drives.
What is the meaning of Limited Warranty ?
Limited warranty means that each passing year, you got partial value of your drives back. If its 3 years limited warranty, you get full replacement in first year, 75% value in second year and 50% Value in the third year.
What is the RPM on WD Red drives ?
All the Red drives spin at 5400 RPM, since they are optimized to run Cool in a multi drive NAS array.
How much Cache in MB do WD Red Drives have ?
1TB Red has 16MB or 64MB cahce ( Old/New Part number)
2,6TB Red has 64/256MB cache ( Old/New Part number)
3,4TB Red has 64MB Cache
8,10,12TB Red has 256MB Cache
14TB Red has 512MB Cache