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WD Red 5TB NAS (WD50EFRX) HDD Review

  1. Introduction and Specification
  2. Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Benchmark
  7. Anvil Benchmark
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. Transfer Tests
  10. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  11. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  12. Futuremark HDD Benchmarks
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links
  15. View All


I really wish 10Gb/s Ethernet was a norm. With the requirement for networked (especially wired LAN) storage requirement is slowly growing in many households with multiple systems and wireless devices, 1Gb/s Ethernet port just doesn’t cut it. Its long overdue, even longer than the transition from USB 2.0 to 3.0 (and now 3.1). What’s holding the ethernet controllers behind? The only time you’ll see 10Gb/s ethernet ports are on workstation motherboards. Though I am very impressed with transfer speed with the WD50EFRX, I can’t help but sulk knowing that most of this would be stifled via wired Ethernet access.

Access speed is also another important. Maybe the RPM rate is slow? Which would probably show interest in WD Red Pro. But I am not sure how good these drives are compared to 7,200 RPM based WD Red Pro counterparts.

Coming back to the drive, the transfer rate via SATA III standard is great. WD Red series provides a good-enough compromise between standard consumer drives and enterprise drive for home and/or office NAS and DAS. As one would assume, these are good choices for a secondary drive and for dedicated units like NAS.


Though these are made for SOHO up to 8-bay NAS, a lot of people with single or two-bay NAS (pre-built or DIY) would love to have this, provided the respective NAS makers provide official support. The 5TB variant is quick, and the data transfer speed is as low as the Seagate Desktop 4TB HDD.

  • Excellent Transfer Speed
  • 5TB Storage Space
  • Access Speed
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Rs. 16,299/-  $226.99 £177.35 EUR 242.39

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