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WD Red 3TB for NAS 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive - OEM

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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight635 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 2.6 x 14.7 cm
Item model numberWD30EFRX
SeriesWD30EFRX RED
ColorRed
Screen Size3.5 inches
Hard Drive Size3 TB
Wattage4 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB008JJLW4M
Best Sellers Rank 112 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight699 g
Date First Available11 July 2012
  
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Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase
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Product Description

The original colour of NAS, WD's formula of success has led growth of WD Red into higher capacities and expansion into 2.5-inch solutions. WD offers a broader, more comprehensive portfolio of NAS solutions for customers.

Box Contains

1 x Western Digital RED 3TB 3.5IN SATA6

From the Manufacturer

WD Red NAS Storage


What are the benefits of NASware 3.0?
  • Gives you an unrivaled NAS experience
  • Enhances compatibility
  • Improves Reliability
  • Optimises HDD for 24x7 NAS environments

The Right Choice for Network Attached Storage

The WD NAS hard drives are the essential solution for NAS applications. These drives are cool and quiet and offer optimum compatibility in 24x7 NAS systems with up to eight bays.

  • Network attached storage hard drives with up to 6 TB capacities
  • Designed for personal, home, and small business NAS systems up to 8-bays
  • NASware 3.0 for optimal performance and compatibility

Experienced in Network Attached Storage

No matter which NAS enclosure you decide to purchase, you can trust that WD Red hard drives will be one of the most compatible NAS storage on the market.

Recommended for up to 8-bay NAS Systems

Available in up to 6 TB capacities, WD Red allows for a potential of 48 TB total storage space in an 8-bay NAS system.

NAS for Home or Small Business

The WD Red hard drives enable its customers to create their own reliable personal cloud systems whether it's in the office or at home.

WD Red WD Red Pro
Application Up to 8-bay NAS systems Up to 16-bay NAS systems
Highest Available Capacity 6 TB 4 TB
Ideal for Personal Home & Small Office NAS Medium to Large Business NAS
Cache 16 MB and 64 MB 64 MB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ayhan Dursun on 30 April 2013
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Excellent packaging and prompt delivery!

Bought these to replace two failed Seagate drives ( won't be getting those again )

So far so good, installed in synology NAS without issue!

Update March 2014. All three are still working flawlessly in my NAS.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PNH on 24 Mar. 2014
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I bought this drive to install into a HTPC. My HTPC can hold up to 6 3.5 inch drives to store movies, music and any other relevant media files so acts as a media server for the home network (as a NAS would).
I understand that this drive is intended for use in a NAS which is operational 24/7 which is not the case in my system so I cannot comment on reliability over prolonged periods. At the same time, reliability for storing large files (movies) takes priority over speed for my intended purposes so this drive seemed the ideal choice.

For those of you who are unsure between this and the 3TB Seagate Barracuda (slightly cheaper, quicker read/write speeds but shorter reported lifespan) I also own one of those installed in the same machine alongside the WD Red. All I can report is what the technical stats already tell you; the Seagate seems to spool up faster when accessing. That's literally the only difference in operation. The proof of the pudding will be lifespan and reliability but at the moment, both haven't missed a beat.

So to summarise, I have no issues with this drive for my uses. No dodgy noises, no read/write errors, decent access speeds when viewing the content via Windows. For the application it was designed for, it seems great so far. I have only awarded the drive 4 stars because it's still too early to confirm if WD's claims of reliability and longer lifespan are justified.

One final thing... Be wary of negative reviews about dead drives and early failures from other reviewers when shopping for hard drives. From experience, the people who make an effort to log on to have their say are usually the people who have a gripe, so that can sway the ratings unfairly.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2013
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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.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 July 2013
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The drive is everything that I expected it to be so far. I bought the drives to to in a Drobo 5N NAS box and the RED drives, which are recommended for this box, are fast. It is obviously too early to tell if they are reliable.

One heads-up that people should be aware of is the warranty. You get 3 years from Western Digital, and they have a dedicated customer support line just for the Red drives. Registering the drives online at their website is quick and easy, but in the case of the drives that I acquired via an Amazon Marketplace vendor it said "OUT OF REGION - Product is outside the region (Americas, Europe-Middle East-Africa, or Asia-Pacific) where it was originally shipped." What it means is that the Amazon Marketplace vendor didn't buy the drives directly from WD in EMEA, but instead sourced them from the Americas or Asia-Pacific. Luckily this isn't a big deal for a home user because your product is still covered by the full 3 year warranty, but you are limited to 5 RMA's per year for out of region products.

Are my 5 drives going to cause 5 RMA's in one year? I hope not! If you had 50 drives you may have an issue though as any good engineer knows the chance of drive failure increases in proportion to the number of drives that you have.

So buyer beware - get a product direct from Amazon and I guess it will be officially sourced. If you do get an out of region product from a Marketplace vendor you will still get support but there will be caveats.
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