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The WD Red family just got bigger

Our formula of success has led to the growth of WD Red into the highest capacities possible. Available up to 6 TB, WD offers an even broader, more comprehensive portfolio of NAS solutions for our customers spanning from a total of 1 to 16 bays. The WD Red family just got bigger.

NASware grows to 3.0

Built off of our determination to deliver the best NAS experience, NASware 3.0 extends our promise by further optimizing WD Red for the NAS environment with added support for 6 to 8 NAS bays. WD Red now supports small NAS systems from 1 to 8 bays thanks to NASware 3.0, which further improves drive compatibility and reliability. At 48 TB of total capacity in an 8 bay system, WD Red expands your NAS experience.

Professional solutions

Designed specifically with SMB customers in mind, the WD Red family has expanded with the addition of WD Red Pro, which is available for the 8 to 16 bay medium to large-scale NAS environments. With capacities up to 4 TB, WD Red Pro carries a 5-year limited warranty and was engineered to handle the increased workloads from your business.

Experienced in NAS

WD Red is a reflection of the most extensive NAS partner compatibility- testing list that is available on the market.* That means when you buy a NAS enclosure, you can trust that WD Red will be the most compatible drive available. Our pride is in our product and our vision is shared with our customers.

*Data reflects products in production as of July 2014.




NAS for Home

Take your connected home environment to the next level with a NAS system that is equipped with WD Red hard drives and enjoy streaming your media, backing up your computers, file sharing and managing your digital content faster and easier. The WD Red NASware 3.0 experience with increased compatibility makes sharing from your mobile device, computer, TV, stereo and more an instant gratification. WD Red enables you to create your own reliable Personal Cloud.


NAS for Small Business

Increase the efficiency and productivity of your small business with WD Red hard drives for your 1 to 8 bay NAS system. WD Red comes equipped with NASware 3.0, which increases system compatibility allowing for seamless integration with your existing network infrastructure. Add value to your business by enabling your employees to quickly share their files and back up folders reliably with WD Red NAS hard drives in your NAS solution. For medium to large business environments from 8 to 16 bays, use WD Red Pro.

3D Active Balance Plus

Our enhanced dual-plane balance control technology significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability. Hard drives that are not properly balanced may cause excessive vibration and noise in a multi-drive system, reduce the hard drive life span, and degrade the performance over time. (EFRX models only)

The Right Choice!

WD Red is designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems and PCs with RAID.

Enhanced Reliability

Since your NAS system is always on, a highly reliable drive is essential. With a 35% MTBF improvement over standard drives, the WD Red drive with NASware 3.0 is designed for the 24x7 environment.

NAS Compatibility

Advanced firmware technology built into every WD Red drive, NASware 3.0 enables seamless integration, robust data protection and optimal performance for systems operating in NAS and RAID environments.

Longer Warranty Coverage

WD Red hard drives are backed by a 3-year limited warranty for greater peace of mind and a longer warranty coverage that matches most NAS system manufacturers.

Lower Operating Temperatures

Innovative technology reduces power consumption and lowers the operating temperature, resulting in a more reliable and affordable solution for always on NAS environments.

Need Help? We offer Premium Support.

Every WD Red hard drive comes with our world-class professional support services including a premium dedicated 24/7 support line (available in English, other regional support hours vary) and a 3-year limited warranty.

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Ideal for:

Specifically designed and tested for small office and home office, 1-8 bay NAS systems and PCs with RAID.

For systems that use more than 8 bays, please consider WD Red Pro hard drives.*


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Our colors give you the power.

The data on your drive is more than just bits and bytes, it’s your story. Your digital life is unique. While it’s true that we are passionate about our products, it’s equally true that we are passionate about you, our customers. We understand the importance of what you store which is why we are so driven to do the very best we can to help protect it.

WD has segmented our storage lineup into easy to recognize colors that give customers the power to choose the right product for their needs. WD Blue for everyday use. WD Green for capacity. WD Black for performance. WD Red for network attached storage (NAS). And WD Purple for surveillance. WD offers more than a one-size-fits-all storage solution. WD offers choice, and providing that choice drives everything we can do together.

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James Paick

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James is dedicated to educating the future of the entertainment industry and has been at it for over 7 years. He has taught at many design institutions and has been featured at multiple workshops around the world.

When inspiration strikes and creativity yields digital media, James is sure to turn to WD Blue for his every day storage needs. To learn more about his many talents and passion for illustration and education visit www.scribblepadstudios.com

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Kevin Lynch

Balancing equal amounts of technical dexterity, creative intuition, classical influence and entrepreneurial drive, photographer Kevin Lynch is internationally recognized for his growing portfolio of conceptual portraiture.

At times graphic, glamorous and graceful, Lynch’s celebrity, fashion, advertising and fine art images have appeared in diverse publications as well as in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States.

Kevin has long been an avid user and advocate of WD Green storage due to its high capacity and earned reputation for reliability. To learn more about Kevin and to follow his journey, visit http://www.kevinlynchstudios.com

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William "Scarra" Li is a League of Legends player who currently plays for Team Dignitas, an internationally renowned gaming team. In April 2013, Scarra was publicly voted as the NA LCS mid-lane All-Star with over 50 percent of the vote, allowing him to play for the North America LCS team and compete in All-Star Shanghai 2013 against other regional All-Star teams.

Gaming is a hardcore sport that takes skill, teamwork, dedication, and lots of effort. To thrive in this immersive world, gamers need to coax the most out of their systems to gain any competitive advantage, that’s why Scarra depends on WD Black performance storage. With the next-gen performance garnered by WD Black, Scarra is able to gain the upper hand. Follow Scarra on his quest for global gaming domination at http://www.twitch.tv/scarra

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Martin Gossner

Martin Gossner is the CEO of STEIGER DYNAMICS, a leading Home Theater PC (HTPC) manufacturer renowned for bringing high-end computing to the comfort of the living room. Martin is no stranger to the intense requirements placed on the storage element in the NAS environment. He knows that a one-size-fits-all hard drive solution doesn’t fully address the needs of the HTPC.

Martin is a strong proponent of utilizing WD Red NAS storage as it is the only NAS drive built specifically for home and SOHO users. For STEIGER’s high-performance Home Theater PC builds, which incorporate media center, home server, and high-end gaming device all in one platform, there is no better storage solution. To learn more about Martin and STEIGER DYNAMICS’ unique take on the HTPC visit http://www.steigerdynamics.com

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Marc Cisneros

Marc is a career hard drive and storage device professional, with extensive experience in the video surveillance, streaming media and digital signage spaces. When Marc needs components for a home or small office surveillance solution, he demands that the storage built-in is designed and engineered for exactly that purpose. That’s why Marc chooses WD Purple surveillance storage, so he can enjoy the peace of mind gained from recommending a true surveillance-class hard drive to his customers. To learn more about the security and confidence built in to Marc’s surveillance systems visit: http://www.hdstor-inc.com

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NASware grows to 3.0

Built off of our determination to deliver the best NAS experience, NASware 3.0 extends our promise by further optimizing WD Red for the NAS environment with added support for 6 to 8 NAS bays. WD Red now supports small NAS systems from 1 to 8 bays thanks to NASware 3.0, which further improves drive compatibility and reliability. At 48 TB of total capacity in an 8 bay system, WD Red really is a newer generation NAS experience.

WD’s exclusive NASware technology, built into every WD Red hard drive.

WD’s exclusive NASware 3.0 technology, which is built into every WD Red™ hard drive, improves NAS storage performance by reducing common hard drive concerns in NAS systems including concerns for things like compatibility, integration, upgradeability, reliability and cost-of-ownership that are experienced with a hard drive designed for desktop computers.

Desktop hard drives are designed for desktop computers. WD Red = NAS.

Desktop hard drives are designed for optimum performance and reliability in a desktop personal computer. Although they are an affordable alternative to enterprise-class drives, desktop drives have a higher level of risk for potential data loss and failure in an always-on RAID configured NAS system. Specific issues that you may experience using desktop drives in a NAS or RAID environment include:

  • Compatibility: Desktop hard drives are not always tested for compatibility in NAS and can present problems during integration.
  • Reliability: Most desktop drives are not designed for the high operating temperatures or for 24x7 operating environments making them less reliable when used in a NAS system.
  • Error recovery controls: Desktop drives are not traditionally designed for RAID environments and have controls that prevent the RAID controller from assisting in the event of an error which can cause the hard drive to drop off the RAID after a period of time. Rebuilding a RAID often requires several hours and can have a significant impact on downtime and productivity.
  • Noise and vibration: Typically designed for single drive applications, average desktop drives are not optimized for multi-drive systems which have higher noise and vibration levels. When these drives are added to a NAS, the additional vibration can reduce the reliability and life span of the drive.
Beyond the Desktop with NASware 3.0

WD Red drives include WD's exclusive NASware 3.0 technology that addresses many of the challenges a traditional desktop hard drive has in a NAS system. WD works directly with our partners to test compatibility and reduce our customer's guess work as to which drive is right for their NAS system. Designed to deliver a better customer experience in small NAS systems, this innovative firmware finely balances the most important attributes of performance, power, and reliability in multiple drive environments. The unique algorithms in NASware 3.0 optimize power and performance without compromising on the attributes that NAS-system owners value.

Save power and money

NASware 3.0 further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Optimized power usage of WD Red drives results in significant power savings and lower hard drive operating temperatures within a small NAS environment, improving the overall reliability and performance of the drive and reduces the NAS cost of ownership.

Intelligent Error Recovery

With built in intelligent error recovery controls, NASware 3.0 also prevents hard drives from being dropped off the RAID due to extended error recovery. This feature provides more availability and less down time when rebuilding the RAID.

Command Completion

To further improve reliability, NASware 3.0 minimizes the data corruption or loss in the event of an unexpected power loss by completing the command in process before shutting down.

Important Features for System Integrators

In addition to features that make WD Red™ drives perfect for populating or upgrading NAS systems, NASware 3.0 brings features that system integrators need when building specialized NAS systems.

  • Streaming Support - NASware 3.0 provides built-in compatibility with the ATA Streaming Feature Set, which is important for AV storage applications such as Windows Media Center.
  • SMART Command Transport (SCT) support - NASware 3.0 allows monitoring and measuring of drive performance via the SMART command set. SMART can return data like thermal profiles, drive access statistics and more. NASware 3.0 also delivers temperature accuracy within 1°C.
  • Power Management Support - Enables optimized power usage within the NAS system and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption.
  • BIC Performance - Optimized seek to provide BIC performance while reducing the power and acoustics.

You spoke, we listened

In all of our cultures around the world, first impressions are what leave a mark. Our formula of success has led to WD Red expanding into higher capacities up to 6 TB, bay counts from 1 to 8, and 8 to 16 bay NAS applications with WD Red Pro, offering a broader, more comprehensive portfolio of NAS solutions for our customers. You spoke and we listened which is why every component, line of code, and product decision was built on our passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience to you. Our pride is in our product and our vision is shared with our customers. We gave it color, you gave it life. Thank you!

 Model #InterfaceForm FactorRPMCapacityCache 
WD60EFRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower64 MB6 TB64 MB
WD50EFRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower64 MB5 TB64 MB
WD40EFRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower64 MB4 TB64 MB
WD30EFRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower64 MB3 TB64 MB
WD20EFRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower64 MB2 TB64 MB
WD10EFRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower64 MB1 TB64 MB
WD10JFCXSATA 6 Gb/s2.5 InchIntelliPower16 MB1 TB16 MB
WD7500BFCXSATA 6 Gb/s2.5 InchIntelliPower16 MB750 GB16 MB

 

Services

  • WD Red Premium Support line provides free tech support, toll free numbers 24x7 in English. Additional + regional support is also available and varies by region.

Mouse over each icon to see how it was calculated.

Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.



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NAS, Your DIY Cloud

Network Attached Storage, commonly referred to as “NAS”, allows a set of users to easily share data across a common network, whether operating in a small home or large office setting. WD Red hard drives are designed specifically for home and small office networks equipped with a 1 to 8 bay NAS chassis, allowing you to create your own personal cloud without any monthly fees or storing your data in a mysterious location. NAS with WD Red drives allows you to store your media, files or system backups and access them securely over the Internet with any computer. Protect your data with wireless backup for all the PC and Mac computers on your home network.

For systems that use more than 8 bays, please consider WD Red Pro hard drives.*

An Improved Streaming Experience

A home NAS system with WD Red hard drives also allow you to watch your daughter's birthday party video or show off your vacation slideshow on your TV. The NAS system acts as a built-in media server to stream music, photos and videos to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or connected TV (DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified). WD Red also comes with NASware 3.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

Network Importance

An older network hardware configuration (which includes routers and Ethernet cables) can become a bottleneck to the WD Red next gen NAS experience. When building your NAS for your home or small business, purchase networking hardware that achieves the latest standards, such as streaming at 802.11ac data rates. This will increase the amount of bandwidth available on your network, allowing your WD Red hard drives to stream data from your NAS system even faster.

Network Backup

Protect your precious memories and wirelessly back up all your PC and Mac computers on your network to one reliable location with a NAS system equipped with WD Red. Every time you save something, it's instantly backed up over your network.* WD Red also includes iTunes server support so you can centralize your music and video collection and stream it to any PC or Mac computer with iTunes.

*Some system specific set up required.

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