updated 05:43 pm EDT, Tue July 10, 2012
WD Red claims higher reliability, performance in NAS devices
Western Digital is bringing out hard drives designed specifically for network attached storage devices. The WD Red range is a new line of storage aimed purely at the NAS market, claiming improved reliability and system performance in comparison to desktop and server drives in such devices.
The drives boast NASware technology, which improves the device compatibility with NAS devices, improved reliability with higher operating temperature thresholds, error recovery controls, and protection against vibrations caused by other nearby drives. Users of WD's My Book line will be seeing the drives used in future iterations of the external storage, with the My Net routers certain to receive the same treatment.
The WD Red drives are on sale now, with the one terabyte drive retailing for $110, 2TB for $140, and $190 for the 3TB drive.