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WD Red 3TB for NAS 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive - OEM
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2013
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
on 24 March 2014
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 2 September 2013
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.

------------------------------------------------UPDATE 11/08/2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

No issues or problems with these drives
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
I bought these drives for a Thecus NAS enclosure. I tested them by hammering them over a 40-hour RAID rebuild, at the end of which they were running cool (36° C) in a warm room (ambient probably around 24°). This is partly due to the excellent air-flow in the design of the enclosure, but they were noticeably cooler than comparable Seagates. They are inaudible in a quiet room: only (low) fan noise can be heard. SMART reports no problems whatsoever. Touching them, I feel little or no vibration under load, though again the design of the enclosure should eliminate resonance between multiple disks and they are isolated from fan-vibration. They are not, apparently, very fast drives, but in a RAID array connected by Gigabit Ethernet, the network link will be the bottleneck in any case. I can't predict long-term reliability, but WD offer a good MTBF and a 3-year guarantee; I had no problems registering their serial numbers on WD's web-site.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
This was a direct replacement for a disk (of the same model and spec) that arrived faulty. I have purchased 5 of these disks for a new Drobo disk array. Of the 5 purchased one was faulty. But upon reporting the faulty disk to Amazon, they replaced very quickly (within a week). So overall I am happy with the service from Amazon, and happy to say that my Drobo 5D and its mix of 3TB and 4TB disks are working well after 4 weeks.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
When your drive arrives in a grand total of:-

One static bag covered by one cheap eco lite jiffy bag and one standard Amazon cardboard fold-over pack you know things are not hopeful for your drive.

Put me down for one dead drive (NAS recognises that there is a drive in the bay but cannot do anything with it). Its a shame as I already have one of these HDD's and it is great. However this was sent by a seller/fulfiller that knew what they were doing.

So back to Amazon for a refund this one goes. So a warning, if the description states Amazon frustration free packaging DO NOT RISK IT,
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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2013
Just Returned Drive DOA - It was sent in a tan bubble mailer envelope.

Just concerned about ordering another from AMAZON if the are sending out Hard Drive like this ....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2015
This is the 4th Western Digital Red 3TB NAS Disk I have purchased over the past year or so. This is the second unit purchased from Amazon which was delivered had a much more proficient method of protection for transit as compared to the deliveries I received from other suppliers.

This Disk drive arrived in a protective anti-static wrapper which is then contained in a hard plastic caddy, which kind of suspends the disk within the containing outter box, as seen here:- [...]

I am almost certain this disk was subject to minimal movement from within its boxing during transit and this goes a great way to providing peace of mind regarding my HDD lifespan if it were not for this kind of extra care to the detail about the protective means to ensure safe transit.

This disk comes with a healthy 3TB of storage space and 64MB Cache SATA 3 - NASware 3.0.
A Very Happy customer !!
This is a great machanical hard-drive with great cost per GB ratio and a nice 64MB of cache. Highly
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2015
Having been warned off FFP by other reviews I opted for Standard packaging.

This comprised individual electrostatic bags within individual, tightly fitting and robust looking cardboard boxes. So far so good. However these boxes were placed loose in a standard non-rigid Amazon box without any packing paper or bubble wrap to absorb impacts. The box was not marked as fragile.

Both drives failed extended tests using Western Digital's drive testing software (free to download but slow to run). Both failed on too many bad sectors. The first exceeded this limit after about 33% of the disk had been checked. The second after less than 10%. Those drives were toast. The worst one was also a bit noisy possibly suggesting more extensive damage inside.

Warning: if you do decide to check your drives (and you're nuts if you don't) then don't just rely on the SMART test options. Do an extended check.
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