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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

Western Digital Red 1TB




The red color on the top sticker makes indicating the new Red Series easy. We chose to test 1TB drives since most of the time our NAS HDDs are going through a format cycle and the smaller the drive the faster the format goes.


The new QR code on the front label makes identifying your NAS easy with a smart phone or tablet with the software, but us old school PC users still prefer to look up the model number. The 1TB Red is designated with WD10EFRX.




There is not much to look at on the back of the drive since Western Digital moved all of the surface mount components to face the inside of the HDD.




Red is a standard height desktop drive in the 3.5" form factor.




The SATA power and data connections are offset where they are supposed to be and everything falls into spec.




With the PCB removed we found a 64MB Winbond cache IC and the controller is from Marvell, an 88i9346-TFJ2.

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