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WD Red 2TB for NAS 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive - OEM

by Western Digital
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight599 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 2.6 x 14.7 cm
Item model numberWD20EFRX
Screen Size3.5 inches
Hard Drive Size2 TB
Wattage4 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 429 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight699 g
Date First Available11 July 2012
Warranty & Support
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

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. Every component, line of code, and product decision was built on passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience. WD Red hard drives deliver on this promise with massive capacity and NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption. It is not just about NAS drives, it is REDvolutionary.

Box Contains

1 x Western Digital RED 2TB 3.5IN SATA6

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
92 of 97 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Designed Specifically for NAS Storage 25 Oct 2012
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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. 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic NAS Hard Drive 21 Jan 2013
Style Name:Standard|Verified Purchase
WD Info>
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.
WIDTH/HEIGHT 3.5-inch/1-inch
Note: Not all products may be available in all regions of the world.

Amazon shipped this product well packaged which arrived on January 21st 2013, together w/ its three years warranty!

Amazon (United States) Question - (a)> "Out of the box, how much space is actually available on this drive? My last 3TB Seagate only had 2.7TB of usable space."
Answer> This is about right because it's most likely common w/ two or more hard disks & on Windows 8.1 Pro (x64) my WD Red WD20EFRX 2TB hard disk shows up as 2 000 396 742 656 Bytes w/ a 1.81 TB available hard disk!

On the warranty side>
- To check on this warranty info, I went to the Western Digital web-site to register my new product & I input the product serial # by viewing it through the semi-see-through olive-green factory sealed plastic cover but prior to removing it from the drive, in order to test out the validity of product serial # with the three years warranty on the "WD Red Drive" to see if it actually is valid & so it is as I got my full WD Red Drive three years warranty which expires in February 2016! - Perfect!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good.
Replaced busted drive in my NAS. So far so good.
Published 5 hours ago by P. Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Product is great. I paid a little extra for the extended warranty, but this never came. After a lot of calls and chasing finally got a refund to cover the omission. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Cloud
5.0 out of 5 stars Robust HDD
For me, there isn't a more reliable HDD than the Western Digital Red. I've used loads of hard drives for many different uses, and these seem to tick all the boxes. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by A. D. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the lable
SO far SO good!
Published 2 days ago by Fito
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 days ago by Craig and Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got this in my server , cant fault it !
Published 6 days ago by mr stephen m perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works perfectly would buy from seller again
Published 7 days ago by Stephen A. Buxton
4.0 out of 5 stars A reliable product
Another OK and reliable product. If the item is to be used simply for data storage then consider the purchase of a disk with a greater capacity as its better value for money.
Published 8 days ago by John Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars NAS drive working as planned
works a treat.
Published 8 days ago by Gold1987
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Registered the extended warranty in the UK with NO problems. Smooth quiet drive with oodles of storage. As good as you would expect it to be. Read more
Published 9 days ago by ellie
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