In this digital world, intensive applications sometimes requires a large amount of storage. There are times that you need to work on some projects at home but your available storage is very limited. Of course, you wouldn't want to delete some of your important files just to make room for it. Well, here's a great news for you. Western Digital brings us the solution by introducing the WD Red NAS Hard Drive!

Western Digital Red NAS


Enjoy storing files at your home-based NAS (Network Attached Storage) for your everyday digital needs. Western Digital approaches the consumer market for Home Based or SOHO (Small Office Home Office) RAID Solutions. It's beefed up to meet the everyday digital demands of every consumer in their lovely homes. Users can store photos taken through their everyday photo-op, videos that they captured or produced at a specific point of time, or even downloaded files from the Internet. 

Unboxing Western Digital Red

We got these two beefy review units for testing. A guy on a courier motorcycle showed up on our doorstep to hand over these two Hard Drives placed inside the ESD (Electro Static Discharge) bag. Surprisingly, these two devices were heavier than I expected.

Western Digital Red NAS

The hard drive is protected by ESD (Electro Static Discharge) Bag. This serves as a protection from static electricity that may cause damage to the hard drive.

Western Digital Red NAS
Held the hard drive for a shot. It's quite heavy! 
Beefed up for Battle!

Western Digital Red NAS (RAID)
Feast your eyes with these! (NASware 3.0). WD sent to us 2 hard drives in order to achieve and test the RAID configuration
Western Digital Red NAS
Closer look to the WD Red!


Western Digital Red NAS
Back side of WD Red NAS Drive


Western Digital Red NAS
After unboxing the hard drives, I stored it inside a plastic case. Got this case from my old stash.

Specifications

Performance Specifications

  • Rotational Speed - IntelliPower *
  • Buffer Size - 64 MB
  • Transfer Rates
  • Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) - 6 Gb/s (Max)
  • Internal Transfer Rate - 170 MB/s
  • Target Performance
  • MTBF - 1,000,000 hours

Physical Specifications

  • Formatted Capacity -  5,000,983.75
  • Capacity - 5 TB
  • Form Factor - 3.5 Inch

Environmental Specifications 
  • Shock
    • Operating Shock (Read) - 65G, 2 ms
    • Non-operating Shock - 250G, 2 ms
  • Acoustics
    • Idle Mode - 25 dBA (average)
    • Seek Mode 0 - 28 dBA (average)
  • Temperature (English)
    • Operating - 32° F to 158° F
    • Non-operating - -40° F to 158° F
  • Temperature (Metric)
    • Operating - -0° C to 70° C
    • Non-operating - -40° C to 70° C
  • Humidity
    • Operating - 5-95% RH non-condensing
  • Vibration
    • Operating - 0.004 g²/Hz (10 to 300 Hz)
    • Non-operating - 0.05 g²/Hz (10 to 300 Hz)
  • Operating
    • Linear - 20-300 Hz, 0.75G (0 to peak)

Electrical Specifications (Current Requirements)

  • 12 VDC
  • Read/Write - 250 mA
  • Idle - 230 mA
  • Standby - 7 mA
  • Sleep - 7 mA
  • 5 VDC
  • Read/Write - 280 mA
  • Idle - 260 mA
  • Standby - 105 mA
  • Sleep - 105 mA
  • Power Dissipation
  • Read/Write - 4.50 Watts
  • Idle - 3.30 Watts
  • Standby - 0.40 Watts
  • Sleep - 0.40 Watts

Compatibility

  • Operating System
  • Compatibility - Windows/Mac/Linux
  • Limited Warranty - 3 years

Physical Dimensions (English)

  • Height - 1.028 Inches
  • Depth - 5.787 Inches
  • Width - 4.00 Inches
  • Weight - 1.50 Pounds

Physical Dimensions (Metric)

  • Height - 26.1 mm
  • Depth - 147 mm
  • Width - 101.6 mm
  • Weight - 0.68 kg

Stay tuned for Western Digital Red NAS hard drive full review. I'll be sharing to you my DIY session and  NAS hardware appliance integration on the next article.
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