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WD Red 2TB ( WD20EFRX ) NAS HDD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Methodology
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Sequential Access Time
  7. Boot Load and DATA Transfer Test
  8. CrystalDiskMark Benchmark
  9. HD Tune Pro Benchmark
  10. PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Benchmark
  11. PC Mark 7 Secondary Storage Benchmark
  12. Conclusion

Fact! when you buy a NAS that takes care of RAID, you will be tempted to use it. Cost comes into play. Lets say you spend Rs. 12,000/- (I am not very up-to-date with NAS box availability and price in India, mind you) on a low cost NAS box which lets you install 2x 3.5″ drives inside. You’re going to spend a little less than that on a 2TB drive. Advantages- again- much better sequential runs and runs cooler for a 2TB drive- not just any drive, but a drive that is made for NAS drive and considering that the only choice you’re going to get with similar (and more that you will not even need).

But just to remind you, although it does have 2X SATA ports and maybe 4x USB 2.0, the low cost NAS will cost you good money and as far as I know, they’re limited to SATA II bandwidth. It is cheaper and more feasible than enterprise storage, but again, if you have the specific needs to use this in NAS provided it can use that bandwidth, the TLEC and ATA streaming will be of more use. Its a big investment- and it costs as good as buying a mid end gaming.

I know I have the wrong idea of hoping this drive to be a boot drive. Its not made and its about time I give that notion as well. The good part is that this is a good product. The part I have to emphasize is- based on your needs and budget. The drive comes with 3 years warranty, but a little voice inside me wishes that it came with 5 years warranty like the black drives. Couple of NAS optimized feature+ NASware firmware with a drive cooler than Greens and warranty of the black series. Again- I wish..

I also wish that 1TB SSD is a norm at the time of writing for a reasonable price but again- here we are. If that happened, NAS systems will be completely different. Even with 4x 2.5″, NAS box made for it will be as small as a couple of 3.5″ drives stacked together. But alas, P/E cycles and limited lifespan of flash NAND begins to be a pain and I don’t think SLCs will be feasible in the very near future.

The tests are done here, the choice is yours. Now I would like to see if the benchmarks are much better in 1TB Red drives.

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Rs. 8,500+ Taxes$ 152.12£ 99.00

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