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WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX HDD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. AS SSD and ATTO Benchmark
  4. ATTO Benchmark
  5. Futuremark Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Disk Access Test
  7. IOMETER Benchmark
  8. Transfer Tests
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links
  11. View All


Disclosure: This unit is provided by WD.

The WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX drive is 7200 RPM class whose PCB components as of the same hardware as the WD5001FZWX. But the firmware is different as Red Pro series are made keeping NAS systems with up to 16-bays in mind. I am still not sure about the platters placement between both drives, but we’ll see the drive performs. Its NASWare 3.0 is designed in a way that it should work with an existing network system. Unlike in the Black variant, WD says it uses multi-axis shock sensor which automatically detects any shock events. After that, it adjusts its read/write function to compensate for the shock and protecting the drive.

As you would like to see in ‘Pro’ labelled stuff, this drive has a five-year warranty.

Specifications: WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX and WD Black 5TB WD5001FZWX

  • Specifications5 TB
    Hard Drive TypeWD Red Pro
    Model NumberWD5001FFWX
    InterfaceSATA 6 GB/s
    Formatted Capacity5 TB
    Form Factor3.5-inch
    Advanced Format (AF)Yes
    ROHS CompliantYes
    Performance
    Data transfer rate (max)
    Buffer to host6 GB/s
    Host to/from drive (sustained)194 MB/s
    Performance Class (RPM)7200-RPM Class
    Cache (MB)128
    Reliability/Data Integrity
    Load/unload cycles600,000
    Non-recoverable read errors per bits read<1 in 10
    Limited warranty (years)5
    Power Management
    Average power requirements (W)
    12VDC –/+10% (A, Peak)1.9
    Read/Write10.6
    Idle7.6
    Standby and Sleep1.6
    Environmental Specifications
    Operating
    Non-operating5 to 60
    Shock (Gs)-40 to 70
    Operating (2 ms, write)30
    Operating (2 ms, read)65
    Non-operating (2 ms)300
    Acoustics (dBA)
    Idle31
    Seek (average)34
    Physical Dimensions
    Height (in./mm, max)1.028/26.1
    Length (in./mm, max)5.787/147
    Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.)4/101.6
    Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%)301.66/0.72
  • Specifications5 TB
    Hard Drive TypeWD Black
    Model NumberWD5001FZWX
    InterfaceSATA 6 GB/s
    Formatted Capacity5 TB
    Form Factor3.5-inch
    Advanced Format (AF)Yes
    ROHS CompliantYes
    Performance
    Data transfer rate (max)
    Buffer to host6 GB/s
    Host to/from drive (sustained)194 MB/s
    Performance Class (RPM)7200-RPM Class
    Cache (MB)128
    Reliability/Data Integrity
    Load/unload cycles300,000
    Non-recoverable read errors per bits read<1 in 10¹⁴
    Limited warranty (years)5
    Power Management
    Average power requirements (W)
    Read/Write10.6
    Idle7.6
    Standby and Sleep1.6
    Environmental Specifications
    Operating
    Non-operating5 to 55
    Shock (Gs)-40 to 70
    Operating (2 ms, write)30
    Operating (2 ms, read)65
    Non-operating (2 ms)300
    Acoustics (dBA)
    Idle31
    Seek (average)34
    Physical Dimensions
    Height (in./mm, max)1.028/26.1
    Length (in./mm, max)5.787/147
    Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.)4/101.6
    Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%)301.66/0.75 ± 3%
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The load/unload cycles on the Red Pro FFWX drive is double than that found in WD Black. Also, Red Pro variants are 7,200 RPM versions while the standard Red drives are 5,400 RPM made for SOHO purposes.

As said above, the PCB uses the same hardware as it is present on the earlier tested WD drive. The PCB uses 7 Winbond 25Q80BWVIG which contains 8 MBit storage capacity each. Next to that is the Samsung K4B1G1646G-BCK0 DDR3 1Gb chip. The main controller is an LSI TT07143 dual-core SoC.

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