Kool Tools: WD Red
WD's Red line of SATA hard drives is a solid choice for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays.
The line serves the environment of NAS and meets the growing demand for affordable, reliable, and compatible storage -- up to 4TB. The Red line's small form factor enables you to use high capacity NAS hard drives with high performance, quiet operation and low power consumption in compact NAS enclosures.
Analysts see NAS continuing to represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the worldwide SOHO [small office/home office] storage systems market. From both revenue and terabyte perspectives, NAS will continue to experience strong growth through the forecast period (to 2015), driven by a major shift of storage deployments toward IP-connected systems (Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker IDC 2013).
The WD Red hard drives boast a new version of NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. The drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology designed to improve overall drive performance and reliability.
WD Red hard drives are now available in a 2.5-inch form factor offering 1TB and 750GB capacities and a new 3.5-inch 4 TB capacity. Shipping now through select distributors and resellers, WD Red hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the new 2.5-inch WD Red 1TB is US$99; the 750GB is $79 and the 3.5-inch 4TB is $229. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/kbs8sts .