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Western Digital Red HDD 3000GB Serial ATA III internal hard drive Red, 3.5", 3000 GB, 5400 RPM, Serial ATA III, 64 MB, HDD

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We loaded up each of these NAS models full of Western Digital Red hard drives, put each NAS into link-aggregation mode for optimum performance, and tested them all in block-level iSCSI mode in our enterprise test lab. PMR, also known as conventional magnetic recording (CMR), works by aligning the poles of the magnetic elements, which represent bits of data, perpendicularly to the surface of the disk.

The Red has all the features needed like no unnecessary head parking, drive tolerances that support RAID environments and3D Active Balance technology which reduces vibrational wear on the drives. WD drives with Advanced Format include special installation information on the drive label so be sure to read the label on your drive before installing it. For the networking backend we used a Netgear ProSafe GSM7352S 48-Port 1GbE switch, with the compute side being one of our Lenovo ThinkServer RD240s interfacing with a four-port Intel i350-T4 NIC. Hard drives that are not properly balanced may cause excessive vibration and noise in a multi-drive system, reduce the hard drive life span, and degrade the performance over time.In terms of performance, the WD Red did very well not only as a single drive, but increased proportionally as we scaled up the testing in the Synology DiskStations. The drives also offer a good blend of performance and power consumption, which is key given the always on nature of NAS drives. By checking the box, you acknowledge Western Digital's Privacy Statement and agree to receive communication from Western Digital that includes newsletters, updates, and promotions related to Western Digital's products.

Innovative technology reduces power comsumption and lowers the operating temperature, and with a 35% improvement in MTBF over desktop drives, WD Red is a more reliable and robust NAS hard drive solution. Western Digital’s exclusive NASware™ technology fine tunes drive parameters to match NAS system workloads which helps increase performance and reliability. From the front the 3TB Red has a standard SATA data and power connection with 8 service pins generally reserved for debugging modes and changing drive settings for advanced users. The WD Red family just got bigger - Our formula of success has led to the growth of WD Red into the highest capacities possible. In both active and idle settings, we found power consumption to be very good, with even the eight-bay DS1812+ filled with Reds measuring under 60 watts under load and 55 watts at idle.As always the black painted body and silver cover goes hand in hand with Western Digital hard drives (as well as others) with the uniquely colored label to signify which family the drive comes from.

Experienced in NAS - WD Red is a reflection of the most extensive NAS partner compatibilitytesting list that is available on the market. We’ve partnered with Ontrack to provide protection for routine and extreme data loss scenarios such as drive failure, viruses, and software issues.Every home user who values their digital assets should have an aggressive redundancy and backup solution in place. Their custom firmware dubbed NASware and related technologies get the WD Red ready for this specialized 24/7 operational task. Western Digital partners with a wide range of NAS system vendors for extensive testing to ensure compatibility with most NAS enclosures. FreeNAS brute-forces things and defaults to ashift=12, which is correct 99% of the time and shouldn't be that bad the rest of the time.

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