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WD 2 TB for NAS 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive (Frustration Free Packaging) - Red

by Western Digital
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • WD Red hard drives are designed and tested for compatibility in the 24 x 7 operating environment and demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS
  • Western Digital claims that these tweaks result in a 35% MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) improvement over standard desktop drives and is quick to point out that the optimisation ultimately reduces the long-term cost of NAS ownership
  • Ships in certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight699 g
Product Dimensions19.8 x 16 x 8.4 cm
Item model numberWD20EFRX
Hard Drive Size2 TB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 1,306 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight721 g
Date First Available1 May 2013

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WD Red is the only hard drive designed for NAS systems that have 1-5 drive bays. Available in capaticities ranging from 1 TB to 3 TB, WD Red is designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems. The drives are extensively tested for compatibility and reliability in the demanding operating environment of a 24x7 NAS system. WD’s exclusive NASware™ firmware technology enables seamless integration and balanced performance. Innovative technology reduces power comsumption and lowers the operating temperature, and with a 35% improvement in MTBF over desktop drives, WD Red is a more reliable and robust NAS hard drive solution.

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE "OUT OF REGION" WARRANTY 1 Jan 2013
Style Name:Standard|Verified Purchase
Western Digital 2TB 3.5inch SATA6 Internal Hard Drive - Red

The drive was received inside a box with loads of scrunched up brown paper inside another box. The drive itself was inside a sealed anti-static bag, wrapped in bubble-wrap.

The drive has been incorporated into an unRAID NAS after pre-clearing and exercising to ensure it has no errors. It is currently holding about a terabyte of data built from the parity drive after a 1 terabyte drive died on me and is currently being RMA'd to Western Digital.


However, on registering this drive with Western Digital, it said it was "Out of Region". Their web site explains what this means but in essence it means it does not have a Western Digital warranty so you would have to send it back to Amazon for replacement. Now Amazon say they will only give it a 1 year warranty. So I have been conversing with both Western Digital and Amazon to try and get this sorted out. The product description does not say anything about a reduction in the length of warranty. If I buy a genuine Western Digital "RED" drive I expect to receive the "RED" warranty of 3 years. I am currently asking for recompense for the reduced warranty period or a replacement drive with a genuine Western Digital "RED" warranty of 3 years. Unfortunately, you cannot tell if the drive is "Out of Region" or not until you register the product.

I will update this review when I hear from Western Digital and Amazon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Designed Specifically for NAS Storage 25 Oct 2012
Style Name:Standard|Verified Purchase
The Western Digital's Red range of SATA hard disks is designed specifically for use in home and small business NAS devices. With this purpose in mind, the WD's are built for durability, power efficiency and low noise levels of just 23dB(A). Western Digital's `Intellipower' system, which uses caching, promises faster throughput than you'd expect from a 5,400rpm disk.

There is however a small downside, the poor slow file write speed means that these disks are less than ideal if, for instance, you want to habitually back up lots of documents to your NAS, But this has to be balanced by the Red's low power consumption, low noise levels and three year warranty make it well suited to its intended purpose - NAS storage. You could buy the Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB for slightly less if performance isn't so important.

Review update: 27.10.2013

Important note - I managed to attend IP EXPO at Earls Court recently and managed to speak to Western Digital people about the WD Red NAS drives, and they have confirmed what I have read on the WD website - that you should only have between 1 to 5 drives in anyone single NAS unit. If you, let us a say, have a unit like the Synology 1813+ (an 8 bay unit) you are strongly advised not place any more than 5 WD Reds in the unit. As clusters of above 5 drives will give vibration issues that can lead a drive to believe that it has `failed'. For that reason I am reducing my WD Reds in the 1813+ down from 8 to 4. The remaining 4 bays I will `populate' with WD Se 4TB drives. Obviously the decision is yours on what types of drives you use - I have decided on the WD Se drives as they have very good specification and the extra outlay is just about within my budget. Now I know, on the internet, there is some debate out there in the `forums' and blogs about this issue and its `validity' of the five drive maximum- but this is what I have heard from WD and thought best to share.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By uumode
Style Name:WD Express Warranty|Verified Purchase
This review is specifically for the product shipped by Amazon (not third party supplier)

Product supplied is WD20EFRX-68EUZN0 which is a drive with no recognised Western Digital warranty.
Ironically the Express extended warranty which extends to 4 years, cannot be applied to the supplied drive as it is an OEM drive.

Therefore the product combination is an invalid one, you will have an extended warranty that you cannot use. The warranty is only one year of Amazon warranty, not 4 four years of WD warranty.

On the bonus side the drives I ordered came with a plastic holder in a drive box, which was in turn packaged in another box with scrunched up paper as further packaging protection. Not the jiffy bag and single layer of bubble wrap reported in some reviews. (that was a relief). But returned mine as I was wanting 4 years WD express warranty (24 hour service), not Amazon 1 year.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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For a long time there have been 2 sectors of the hard drive market.

Domestic drives, which offered good value for money, but were not specified to run 24 hours a day, and increasingly had lousy warranties, often just one year.

Enterprise drives, which were specced to run in servers, RAID arrays and the like, had 3 to 5 year warranties, but cost significantly more than their domestic counterparts. They could cost double or 3 times what a basic drive would.

WD has spotted the gaping hole in the market, those of us who want to build a small network attached storage unit, but didn't want to rink putting cheap drives with their 1 year warranties inside.

Hence the Red series. These drives are specified to be used in NAS devices, with a 3 year warranty and - it's claimed - improvements to the hardware to increase life expectancy. The price premium for the Red series seems to be about 20% above the domestic equivalents, which, if they deliver, seems reasonable.

So far I've installed 1 2tb drive with no problems. Let's see how reliable it proves to be, but Red seems to be just what many of us have been looking for!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Working just fine!
Published 19 hours ago by Stan1ey
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reliable drives
Although designed and intended for NAS use, they are also an excellent option for RAID enclosures which is where most of the other drive units of this type are personally employed. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Andy_atGC
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Late arrival but now installed and working as expected
Published 10 days ago by Wendy Barritt
5.0 out of 5 stars It works fine so far
It works fine so far (1 month)
Published 12 days ago by Jude the Obscure
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid workhorse.
What can I say? It does what it says on the tin. It worked first time (after formatting of course) and goes on working. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Paul James Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars complete purchase
they are quiet and seem ok. only had a couple months, so far so good. Used in Synology NAS
Published 15 days ago by Ruddy
5.0 out of 5 stars No issues 1 year on
Purchased two of these and have had them running for over a year with no issues.
Published 17 days ago by Dominic Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Well packed, warranty checks out OK, been running ...
Well packed, warranty checks out OK, been running 24x7 for a couple of months now with zero errors.
A definite safe recommendation for home NAS use in a RAID set. Read more
Published 18 days ago by AlastairS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great drives, if you value you data buy these drives for your nas
Published 19 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal drives for NAS storage devices
Purchased these to fit a Synology NAS device as these are specifically designed to run 24x7. So far no issues, nice and quiet and do exactly what they are meant to.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
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