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Western Digital Red Series Review: A Low Cost Validated NAS Specific HDD

By: Chris Ramseyer | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 4:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Western Digital





The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable direct measurement of home network attached storage (NAS) performance. Designed to emulate the behavior of an actual application, NASPT uses a set of real world workload traces gathered from typical digital home applications. Traces of high definition video playback and recording, office productivity applications, video rendering/content creation and more provide a broad range of different application behaviors.



Synology DS412+ with 4x Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB



Synology DS412+ with 4x WD Red WD10EFRX 1TB


Before we break everything down in our final thoughts there is one last test that we feel is relevant, a real NAS test.


When the WD Red drives arrived we'd just finished testing the Synology DS412+ "4100 Model". This system ships with 4x 1TB Seagate Barracuda drives. These particular drives are regular off the shelf consumer drives and not fancy nearline or RAID specific models. This is the market Western Digital is looking to concur with Red.


The two drives battle back and forth across the board and there is no clear performance winner, both are equally limited to the gigabit Ethernet connection in Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR = RAID 5 with 4 drives in this case).


While the performance may appear the same, only one of these arrays has NASware Technology and is able to handle bad blocks without taking the entire drive offline.

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