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NAS drive solution from WD and Seagate have been around for a while, and recently introduced two storage capacity variants- WD50EFRX 5TB and WD60EFRX 6TB. We’re going to take a look at the 5TB Red Variant.
To keep with the storage demands with the SOHO environment- including the never ending media collection that people grow from time-to-time, the newer variants are made for 1-to-8 bay NAS unit solutions. With a 5TB, you get a total of up to 40TB and with 6TB you get up to 48TB.
For now, we will be testing it as a single drive in our test bench. But the WD EX2 two-bay NAS review will include performance benchmark in different setups.
These NAS HDD drives use ‘NASware 3.0’ features, and WD promotes these drives with enhanced reliability and lower operating temperatures. A 3 Years warranty may be unsettling for some people, but the higher RPM/probably more expensive variant ‘WD Red Pro’ are with a 5-year warranty. These drives also come with ‘premium support’ with 24/7 support line, most likely for countries like the United States. There are many countries listed, but I really feel that India should have a dedicated support line for WD Red and Red Pro.
WD really wants to push this drive so that many types of users would get these for specific purposes. But to be fair, it does help people (even power users of their respective tech field)to understand the benefit they would get from this.
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Formatted capacity||5 TB|
|Advanced Format (AF)||Yes|
|Native command queuing||Yes|
Data transfer rate (max)
|Interface speed||6 Gb/s|
|Internal transfer rate||170 MB/s|
|Rotational speed (RPM)||IntelliPower|
|Non-recoverable read errors per bits read||<1 in 10 ^14|
|Limited warranty (years)||3|
|12VDC ±10% (A, peak)||1.75|
|5VDC ±10% (A, peak)||–|
Average power requirements (W):
|Operating||0 to 65|
|Non-operating||-40 to 70|
|Operating (2 ms, read/write)||30|
|Operating (2 ms, read)||65|
|Non-operating (2 ms)||250|
|Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.)||4/101.6|
|Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%)||1.65/0.75|