The new Western Digital Red in the 2.5" form factor is an extension of hard work and dedication that WD has put into developing solutions to fit their customer's needs. First introduced just over a year ago, the WD Red set a path, bringing enterprise reliability and performance to the standard consumer.
Western Digital has worked hard to bring the best in compatibility to the end-user by working with a number of companies including QNAP, Thecus, Synology and Drobo to name a few, and with the introduction of NASware 2.0, we have just that.
In the few short months that I have been here at TweakTown as Consumer Storage Editor, I have had my fair share of emails and private messages on the forums asking, "What drives do I buy for my NAS?", and more often than not I recommend WD Red's depending on the environment.
Performance of the WD Red was on par with expectations staying right with its Blue counterpart throughout testing and in some cases surpassing the Blue as we saw in our workstation load, but the Red offers more than just a slice of performance. Features like TLER (Time Limited Error Recovery Control), increased vibration tolerance and a higher MTBF (one million hours), coupled with a comforting three year warranty allows the WD Red to excel in the small form factor 2.5" hard drive market.