Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD30EFRX
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"Solid NAS drive"
Jla, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: These NAS drives, run, run and react quick when viewing through content. I feel very comfortable leaving my drobo active all day, sometime days without a shut down. I purchase two drives at a time incase there is a failure, in which I never have experienced with these NAS drives!
Summary: I'm not the biggest WD fan but they seem to make a good quality NAS drive. From my research, many DIY NAS sources (such as the FreeNAS community) typically recommend the WD Red series drives. I chose this for a safe build.
Pros: - Reliable for NAS build - Seems fine under 24/7 operation - Recommended by most NAS communities
Summary: I've traditionally avoided NAS drives because I was wary of the 5400 RPM spindle speeds. I received two of these 3TB disks as review units. To be blunt, I've now ordered four more in order to upgrade all of the drives in my FreeNAS RAID10 array.
Pros: - Low temperatures - Fast transfer speeds - Works fantastically with FreeNAS - Reports temperatures and other associated drive data properly
Summary: Perfect in every way for what they were designed for. Cool, quiet and fast. No issues after nearly 30 days running 24x7. Excellent drives if you are looking for true NASware drives.
Pros: The 6.0TB kit, with 2 Red 3.0TB drives spinning at 5400 RPM is quite a pair in a raid 0 configuration. The models included are WD30EFRX with 64MB cache. I have these installed in a Vantec NexStar MX raid enclosure connected to my Asus motherboard via the PCIe x1 slot with a Media Sonic Pro eSATA ...
Cons: After using this setup for nearly a month now I could only wish the drives spun at 7200 rpm. But then maybe more heat and noise would be generated. 5400RPM seems fine though in raid.
Summary: I was happy to see that these had the SATA locking cable compatible shell - the WD Black drives don't have a shell around the connector and the cable isn't supported and it won't lock.
Pros: I ordered a set of 4 of these. When they arrived, I ran the WD tools for a full surface test (I think it took about 4 - 6 hours) and every one of them was nearly perfect - I am impressed. They seem to run cool and aren't very loud. I have two of them in a NAS and a third in a computer for backup ...
Summary: How will a pair of WD Red 3TB drives fare in a low-power HTPC? Motherboard: ASRock Q1900-ITX CPU: embedded Celeron J1900 @ 2.0GHz w/Intel HD Graphics RAM: 2 x 4GB G-Skill DDR3-1333 Boot drive: Intel 320 80GB SSD 2 x WD Red 3TB HDDs System is satisfactory in our home network.
Pros: Silent when running in a padded case (Antec Sonata w/silicone washers). Drive temp. after 15 min. continuous Write - 33 C. (Single 120mm rear exhaust fan @ 918rpm). Reasonable 3-year warranty for an always-on drive. CrystalDiskMark results (RAID 1): Sequential - Read 161MBs / Write 152MBs 4K Rand...
Cons: Not suitable to re-purpose as a Windows boot drive. Choose a WD Blue or WD Black for that purpose or, better still, get an SSD since they are now reasonably priced
Summary: I originally purchased two WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drives in 2013 for use in a NAS that has been on 24/7 for nearly 3 years. These drives are still running perfectly and perform the same as the new drives I received in 2016.
Pros: - Long Lasting - Good Speed - Low Operating Temperature
Summary: I do recommend this drive wholeheartedly. Definitely buying again.
Pros: After nine months of solid as a rock use, I'm coming back and buying another. I am an enthusiast not a super serious min/max IT "Professional". Other than very occasional reboots on my system this is never turned off and never had a problem. Popped it in the tray, slid the tray in click, done. Fo...
Summary: Unless you need the assurance of a 5 year warranty with the pro red drives, these will be just fine for all home file server/NAS use. These drives are not intended to be thrown in a regular PC - Get a WD Blue or a Black drive for more performance (for a higher rpm/performance at the cost of power).
Pros: Power efficiency and performance tuned for NAS use over a gigabit connection (intellipower and NASware)- Uses less power than standard, higher performing drives but still fast enough to saturate gigabit. Any additional performance above the theoretical 125 MB/s of gigabit will be wasted in NAS/SM...
Cons: I hate to sound biased, but since I have now 9 WD red drives with all of them still functioning just as good as the day they were installed (for NAS/SMB server use 24/7 runtime) with some of the drives older than 3 years, I just simply can't find a con to put here. The price is higher than some o...