In the varied bulk of Western Digital’s line of Hard Drives drives, the WD Red drives stand out particularly well. Striking colors aside, its fascinating to discover a line of drives made specifically of Network Attached Storages. And with NAS quickly being popular in both home and office use, it could not be more excellent a niche.
First off, the specs. The WD Red drives come in 1TB,2TB, and 3TB models. These are large capacities, and NAS users hoping to beef up their storage space tremendously can be happy. All of these drives are 3.5 inch ones, and have 64MB cache and support speeds of up to 6GBps. The drives are also Advanced Format certified, and by definition means that they are 4KB long data sector based drives. Additionally, they are RoHS compliant.
WD Red drives feature the Intellipower spindle technology of the WD Green series, which is a power saving feature. That’s not all in its feature set :it has something called 3D Active Balancing, which eliminates vibrations during the drive, while the NASware firmware helps the drive from dropping off a RAID array through extended error recovery. These are cool features, which gives it robustness of enterprise-focused drives.
For our review, we have two 2TB WD Red drives fitted into a Synology DiskCentre DS413J NAS, With the SHR configuration, we managed 62MB/s in transfer speeds; compared to the two standard HDDs we also installed in the NAS, the speeds are actually improved by a good margin.
These improved performance are not the only good reason to consider WD Red drives. Currently, the Red drives sit between the cheaper but lesser standard HDDs and the expensive but powerful enterprise based RE drives. Seeing that NAS users usually have to fork out for RE drives if they needed the speed boost ,the WD Red is that value for money alternative.
Interface: SATA 6Gb/s