WD has debuted WD Red NAS hard drives (http://macte.ch/KSQig), a line of SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one to five drive bays. Compatibility-tested with top NAS box manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, WD Red hard drives are now shipping in 3.5-inch 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities.

The WD Red line features NASware technology and is designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process, according to Melyssa Banda, senior director of product marketing for WD. This new product line addresses the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership, she adds.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which improves the overall drive performance and reliability. In an exclusive for WD Red customers, WD is offering free premium 24×7 dedicated support and a three-year limited warranty.

WD Red hard drives are available now at select resellers and distributors. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the WD Red 1TB drive is US$109, the 2TB drive is $139 and the 3TB drive is $189. More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810 .