Going off the image above, I'm not sure where I stand on the WD Red vs. WD Gold argument, if there is one. I'd say the build quality is equal with both solutions although each drive does have a platform it is tuned for. The WD Red is great in 1 to 6 bay NAS platforms and the Gold 16 bays and above datacenter/enterprise-grade storage systems.
With that said, I personally used WD Red drives for years up until the 12TB IronWolf was launched earlier this year. This brings me back to the image above, where, as of today 11.21.17, the WD Gold is the cheaper solution for the consumer to purchase by around $50.
For the consumer buying for an eight-bay or above NAS solution, that's a free drive every six you purchase and for users buying for two bays that's $100 more they can put into a more powerful NAS appliance. Adding to this is performance, where in my testing the Gold did great with an obvious advantage of 50 to 60 MB/s in sequential workloads as shown in ATTO testing. And IOMeter 4K random read and write was able to stay with or best the 10TB Red by a short margin.
Diving into mixed workloads there were a few occasions at higher QD where the WD Red did land above the WD Gold, more specifically File and Web Server where it offered a 20 IOP advantage, outside of those results the WD Gold performed great reaching at minimum 500 IOPS in four of five workloads.
What wraps up the WD Gold for me is workload rating and warranty. We have played around with WD Red and Red Pro drives that offer 180TB/Year and even 300TB/Yr workload ratings, we even crossed the aisle and used Seagate IronWolf and IronWolf Pro that too offer 180TB/year and 300TB/year for the Pro. The WD Gold goes above and beyond offering 550TB/year for those of you that move a lot of data while offering a five-year warranty.
It's truly is the "Gold" standard for hard drives.
The Bottom Line: It's only fitting that our gold award goes to the WD Gold HDD. It truly is the best hard drive I have ever put my hands-on.
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