WD 2 TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive (Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64 MB Cache) - 3.5 inch, Red
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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.
1 x Western Digital RED 2TB 3.5IN SATA6
From the Manufacturer
WD Red NAS Storage
What are the Benefits of NASware 3.0?
- Gives you the 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 24 x 7 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 eight 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 compatible NAS storage.
Recommended for up to eight bay NAS Systems
Available in up to 6 TB capacities, WD Red allows for a potential of 48 TB total storage space in an eight 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 eight bay NAS systems||Up to 16 bay NAS systems|
|Available Capacity||6 TB||4 TB|
|Ideal for||Personal Home and 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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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.
OUT OF REGION WARRANTY
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.
Yeah register via WDs web portal, you'll get a message saying "Out of Region" and an warranty expiry 3yrs from registration date.
At this point use the portal to raise a WD "ticket" and simply explain the situation, include your .jpegs and copy of invoice.
If you can't add pics and invoice via WD portal,just wait till WD reply to the ticket you raised, and again explain along with your pics of model and serial no's: and copy of invoice.
WD will make the HDD valid in your region with the 3yr warranty we expected.
Also these HDDs are whisper quiet (anti vibration & intellipower 5400rpm - 5900rpm) compared to the 2 Hitachi Deskstars (7200rpm) that I was previously spinning....
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.
Before taking the plastic packaging off I have decided to confirm warranty from Western Digital (WD) website.
The WD website could recognise the drive with the serial number, but wouldn't let me register the drive as they are OEM. So, there is no warranty from the WD either.
In the product listing on the "standard" drive with is OEM, Amazon listed as 3 years warranty. I don't think Amazon will give any warranty from their side for more than one year. With this confusion, I have decided to return the drives.
So, if you bought one of the OEM or Standard drive, check out the warranty in the WD website. Else you might get a surprise if your drive stop working and no warranty.
I have given 3 stars as the drives might have been fine if I tried. But dropped 2 stars due to confusion in the listing about warranty.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this drive to be used inside a near silent HTPC for storing my years of collected media. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tom G
A nice quiet drive with no horrible clicking sounds :) hopefully it will last a few years?Published 1 day ago by Adam
Nice drive, quiet and quick enough for NAS, it's not a fast drive, but it's not supposed to be, built for reliability in a NAS unit. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jeff Clark
One of two identical drives that went into my file server (in RAID 1), and so far have been ticking along without a hitch for the past 6 months. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Patrick C.