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Summary I'm moving up the drives in my storage appliance from 1TB WD Caviar Black, which served me well. Two of three drives died in five years, and were replaced without fuss. Now 3 TB is the sweet spot for price per GB. WD wants us to use Red drives, rather than desktop drives, for NAS and storage appliance. Choose Red Pro over Red to get a 5 year warranty.
Summary This is quite the hard disk - 3TB is plenty (for most people!) and it's rated for a long long life... I wish the warranty was a tad longer and the drive was a bit quieter, but otherwise this one is highly recommended for NAS usage.
Summary Only had this thing for a day, and I dumped all of my old stuff on to it. It's very quiet unlike my old drive, and the read and writes speeds are average as expected. You get exactly what you pay for, definitely would recommend either on its own or in a RAID array. Not sure how long it will last, but I'd expect a while from Western Digital.
Summary I always order my drive from NCIX because they handle and ship there drive the right ways, I had many bad drive from other web site, I 'm not suprise that the overall drivs have better Customer rating in here then on the other site... Hope the drive last at least 5 years :)
Pros Lots of space (obviously) Pretty quick speeds
Summary I've had the drive for a very short time but my first impressions of it are that it's quite nice to have. I have a 2TB Black which of course is nice, but now that I have a 3TB really stable drive I can have multiple back ups and it just feels really good to have those things safe (mostly, can't always trust technology 100% IMO) But overall really glad I got this drive, and the pricing is decent as well.
Pros Handles high temperature very well, fast and efficient, not too noisy
Cons Cost a bit more than competition
Summary I just bought 6 more of these babies to fill out a TheCus NAS box. I was using those RED WD drives since they were made available a few years back, slowly replacing all those WD Green in my older NAS Boxes (Dns-323 and Dns-325). Recently two WD-Green dies in some of my older NAS boxes. PS: When i bought the WD-Green, those RED did not exist at that time, so they were very useful for some years, but they do not handle high temperature and with the HOT summer, with 5 NAS boxes side by side, i had trouble with 2 of them, the same day (Strange!!), those NAS Boxes that were hosting the WD-Green and no trouble at all with the 3 others NAS all hosting WD-RED 3TB, that's why i decide to buy all 5 new WD-RED for my new NAS Boxes and 1 spare just in case (6 WD-Red in total). I highly recommends them
Summary I bought this drive for use in a NAS with five other drives, and it seems to be working well. I don't know if it is the drive or some other factor, but this drive seems to be slightly cooler, consistently, than the other drives. I had no trouble detecting the drive in FreeNAS, and no trouble using the full size of the drive. This one's a winner.
Western Digital's Red family is a well-rounded offering aimed at home- and SOHO-based NAS appliances.
The Red drives aren’t as attractive once you step outside of Western Digital's target usage model of small business network-attached storage and into more demanding professional application
WD Red is designed specifically for small NAS systems that have 1 to 5 drive bays. The drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility in the unique 24x7 operating environment and for the demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS.
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