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WD Red and Red Pro HDD NAS Performance Analysis in RAID 5 with 10GbE

By: Chris Ramseyer | HDDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 1, 2014 2:06 pm

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Western Digital replaced the Se product family (in these types of devices) with the new Red Pro. This model uses 7,200 RPM rotating platters and comes in three capacity sizes: 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB.

 

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The Red Pro is a 3.5-inch exclusive with 800GB platters and uses 5 platters to reach its maximum capacity size of 4TB. The Pro version also has a 64MB buffer like the Red products, but the key selling point here is the higher rotational speed, longer warranty, and the addition of hardware-based vibration compensation.

 

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The Red gained support for up to 8 drive bays, and the Red Pro covers 8 to 16 drive bays. Larger systems move closer to the SAN category where Western Digital positions the WD Re, a datacenter class product that ranges in capacity from 250GB to 4TB.

 

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As mentioned before, Red Pro has three capacity sizes right out of the gate: 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB.

 

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Of the three Red Pro capacity sizes announced, Newegg only listed the 4TB model as in stock at the time of writing. The Red Pro 4TB is $259.99, just $85 more than the Red 4TB with IntelliPower.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Western Digital Red and Red Pro for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Western Digital Red Pro 4TB retails for $259.99 at Amazon.

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