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Pros Large capacity, silent operation, WD NAS quality
Cons Aren't 6gb lol
Summary Not much to say, capacity is great and silent operation, I have these and a pair of 3tb models running in nas boxes 24/7 and feel confident in them, speed is what it should be for this class of drive, just wishing they would go 6tb.
Summary very wary of large capacity drives. i've had several 3tb drives fail on me after less than a year so i'm hoping this one will last a bit longer. so far it seems to be alright but only time will tell.
Summary First, WD is the premier drive mfg today. Others have once been good then drop quality in favour of profit, but this one keeps its quality high, always.
Second, the Red series is a rock solid drive, specifically tailored for RAID operations. I am currently spinning a set of 4 in my QNAP NAS. Working very well, and I expect that to remain for a long time to come.
Upgraded my NAS from the 2-drive model a year ago. It was running 2 x WD Red 2TB drives. Never a problem with them. As with every WD I have ever purchased. The only brand with 0 failures in 20 years, including my 10 years as university IT Manager.
Summary I bought two of these for a nas4free box. I decided to splurge and get the Reds to improve my reliability. One has been running fine for a year, the other failed after about 2 months. the RMA process was quick, hopefully the replacement gives me better luck.
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