Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD30EFRX
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Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 3TB NAS Drive
Andrew K., Newegg
26 March 2016
Summary: I normally don't take this long to do a review, but I wanted to have these drives in place and in use for a while to try to make a better judgment call. I have always used drives that were designed for Video surveillance systems as they are designed for 24 – 7 use.
Pros: Quiet! Wonderfully Quiet! If your NAS is in a location near your entertainment center the fact that these drives are virtually silent is a huge plus.
Cons: Not a con of the drive nor the brand, but a bias of my own. I have been burned by WD drives in the past (lost major amounts of data) and have a hard time considering them for any major use. I would certainly NOT take anything away from these drives based on that and from the performance I have se...
Summary: About Me: I'm a Newegg EggXpert, we aren't paid for these reviews but we do get free review units. I'm an engineer who has been designing computers since the 1970s. I specialize in networking and high performance computing.
Pros: Newegg sent me two of these drives to test, I used gnome-disks to test the latency and bandwidth and badblocks to test for errors. The tests were run on a Skylake iCore7 system running Fedora 23. I did overnight runs of badblocks on both drives as well as the built in SMART extended test. All tes...
Cons: The performance of the drives is mediocre. I tested both drives at 1MByte, 10MByte and 100MByte transfers and for comparison I tested an HGST 3TB NAS drive in the same system. Western Digital WD30EFRX 1 MB sample size read 126.2 MB/s (1000 samples) (peak of 171) write 50.8 MB/s (1000 samples) (pe...
Summary: I reconfigured the RAID0 array to use a 16Kb stripe size and the speed dropped by about 2.5% across the board so definitely don't configure it that way. These drives do better with larger data pieces in RAID0 configuration.
Pros: I tested one of these drives alone then tested two of them together in a RAID0 in my NAS. The single drive got: 164.5 MB/s aligned sequential read 0.573MB/s random 4K read 158.4 MB/s aligned sequential write 1.739 MB/s random 4K write That's fairly impressive considering the specs from WD say 164...
Cons: The only con I could find is that the drives are audible from a close distance while doing a lot of scattered reading patterns. I've heard MUCH louder drives but I've also heard slightly quieter drives. There is one theoretical problem with these drives that I find very concerning. A huge company...
Summary: 4x3TB WD Red's in Synology DS415+ RAID 5.
Pros: Built for NAS application. Excellent performance in NAS application
Cons: One of four purchased at same time making some clicking noises, very minor. Likely fine but also likely to fail well before the other three. Unfortunately this is just how it goes with ANY hard drive purchase.
Great drive for it designated purpose-NAS, but be sure to make sure your firmware is up to date before full time use
Antoine J., Newegg
7 February 2016
Summary: As stated above, after correcting the firmware, this drive behaves as an NAS drive should. I have this unit installed in a Rosewill RX-358 external enclosure and have it connected to my Netgear Nighthawk's USB 3.0 port now, giving a bit of network storage.
Pros: - Moderate noise output at full chat - Low heat output - Heads stop spinning after period of no activity--this saves money and drive life
Cons: - My drive had the aggressive head parking timing that was fixed via firmware. I finally got around to fixing that issue, more than two years after purchase - The firmware update software is a DOS-based hell. I had to spend way too much time in the command prompt to make the software work. And I ...
Summary: They came packaged well in a no frills box which is fine by me. Wasn't a retail looking box you'd find in a Best Buy or something. If this gets me cost savings all the better.
Pros: The price point is great for a 3TB at the time of writing this. I had a couple 2 TBs go bad in a NAS and decided to outfit 8 3TBs to use in a RAID6. They've been working well and are plenty ample for most ARM based NAS that will have a hard time pushing more than 1Gbps . They aren't as heavy as I...
Summary: Hard drives are hit and miss at times. But I have found Western Digital to be strong runners. NAS drives are a users preference. I have some systems running Seagate NAS drives and this one with WD NAS. Get them installed and running, and don't mess with them.
Pros: These NAS drives have run well so far. They are in a Buffalo Pro Quad. Running in JBOD mode for now. Will RAID them in the future. They run 24/7, nice and cool, and seem to perform fine.
Cons: None, so far. I read all the horror stories about these drives,I have not had any such problems.
Summary: These drives are specifically designed for NAS drives and I purchased 2 in April 2013 for use in my Synology 213+ disk station running in RAID 1 mode. In combination they have been quick quiet and efficient and I would have given them 5 stars.
Summary: I've owned several RE and RED line drives. I only have four of this model and six RE and I would have to say that these drives are a nice replacement going from an enterprise class to a NAS class without to many hiccups.
Pros: Cool running drives meaning less cooling and power to keep the temperatures lower. The power utilized to the drive is lower than my older RE4 drives. (Reason I got them.) The life to cycle has very little degradation post one year of utilization. Throughput after a year has lost 2-5% performance....
Cons: None at this time. Keep in mind, I only utilize OCZ SSDs and WD rotary drives. I have a few other brand SSDs but it's been a while since I've trusted something other than a WD for rotary, so this is a terribly biased opinion to other manufactures. Seagate still has a dreaded experience for me yea...
Summary: I couldn't give this a 5 Egg rating because of the failed disc. These are my first NAS specific drives. So far I am happy with the speed and quality of the working discs. Looking forward to having all 6 discs fully functional!
Pros: 3yr warranty. .Price at the time of purchase. I've had my NAS server up and running for about 2 days now. So far so good. Only time will tell how reliable these drives really are. 5 out of 6 drives seem to be working fine.
Cons: One of the drives keeps failing when trying to do a full zero write/format to all of the disc's sectors. Tried switching the SATA cable, MB SATA connector and power connector with one of the other good drives. Nothing seemed to help. Sent it back to Newegg. Hopefully they will process my return q...