Western Digital's new WD Red drive is built just for network-attached storage

Western Digital's new WD Red drive is built just for network-attached storage

Summary: While network-attached storage devices work with most hard drives, Western Digital wants its new WD Red drive to be consumers' first choice.

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Network-attached storage is getting a bit more attention as of late -- so much that hard drive manufacturers are creating drives especially for the technology. 

Western Digital's WD Red is one of the those drives. The 3.5-inch SATA drive is designed from the bottom up for NAS devices, which have unique demands not shared by the average hard drive set up. 

One of its more key features  is NASware, a vague bit of technology that supposed to make the job of the WD Red signifcant easier in things RAID environments. Same goes for 3D Active Balance Plus, which is meant to improve drive performance and reliability.

A lot of it, admittedly, seems dubious and not entirely necessery -- which probably means that the thing that consumers are really going to end up caring about is price: The 1TB version of the drive will run for $109, while the 2 TB and 2TB models will run for $139 and $189, respectively. 




 



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  • Where's the ZDnet editor?

    The above article has bad grammar. Did an editor go over it before it posted?
    rosanlo
  • say what now?

    The 1TB version of the drive will run for $109, while the 2 TB and 2TB models will run for $139 and $189, respectively.

    so.. what's $189 again?
    bc3tech
  • call me confused..

    what's the difference between 2 TB and 2TB? "while the 2 TB and 2TB models will run for $139 and $189, respectively."
    Scubajrr
  • typo

    Through the power of deduction (and google), one can surmise that it's supposed to read "while the 2 TB and 3TB models will run for $139 and $189, respectively."

    By their price, I'm guessing these are to compete in the home/SOHO market. If you're looking for drives to put in your enterprise-grade NAS, your best best is still the RE4 http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=30. The only problem being that it doesn't include a 3TB model.
    Reza Etezal
  • 2 TB vs 2TB

    It's a typo. He means that the 2TB and the 3TB models will run for $139 and $189, respectively.

    Writers on this site never get their shit proof read before they post i swear to god. Learn to make your articles sound and look proper with the correct spelling and punctuation before you post please or DONT BOTHER POSTING AT ALL!
    AMD Guy
  • y?

    Y U no proof read???
    frogomatic