Western Digital releases the Red HDD line for NAS devices. Harddisks that are made for NAS devices are good news for NAS owners. As a big fan of Western Digital harddisks and Synology NAS, it is good news that WD releases a series of disks that are made for NAS. WD is creating some of the best harddisks in the world in my opinion.
WD Red are made for NAS devices
The Western Digital Red series are made for NAS devices and unlike the Blue, Green and Black series the Red disks are created by WD, but WD has worked together with some of the big manufactures of NAS devices like Synology, QNAP and Thecus in order to ensure compatibility. WD has seen the a potential new market with NAS owners and created a bundle of new disks that is targeted this new market.
WD Red specifications
Western Digital has created the WD Red for NAS devices so the Red harddisks are the best features from the Green and Black harddisks. Power saving and good performance. WD has created NASware which is a firmware that is built into the red disks that will ensure stability to NAS RAID systems. Below are listed some of the most useful WD Red specifications.
- Cache: 64 MB in all Red models.
- Interface: SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s)
- Capacity: 1 TB (WD10EFRX), 2 TB (WD20EFRX) or 3 TB (WD30EFRX).
- Form factor: 3.5 inch.
- RPM: IntelliPower (speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed in order to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance)
I am looking forward to read some reviews of these WD Red disks. I hope Anandtech will make fantastic performance review of these new disks with in a few weeks.
WD Red prices
The prices for the WD Red are known to be: 1 TB 109$, 2 TB 139$ and 3 TB 189$.