WD Red NAS Storage NAS Hard Drive
The next generation of hard drives for personal, home or small office network attached storage systems.
WD Red just got bigger
Our formula of success has led to the growth of WD Red into the highest capacities possible. Available up to 6 TB, WD offers an even broader, more comprehensive portfolio of NAS solutions for our customers spanning from a total of 1 to 16 bays. The WD Red family just got bigger.
NASware grows to 3.0
Built off of our determination to deliver the best NAS experience, NASware 3.0 extends our promise by further optimizing WD Red for the NAS environment with added support for 6 to 8 NAS bays. WD Red now supports small NAS systems from 1 to 8 bays thanks to NASware 3.0, which further improves drive compatibility and reliability. At 48 TB of total capacity in an 8 bay system, WD Red really is a newer generation NAS experience.
Designed specifically with SMB customers in mind, the WD Red family has expanded with the addition of WD Red Pro, which is available for the 8 to 16 bay medium to large-scale NAS environments. With capacities up to 4 TB, WD Red Pro carries a 5-year limited warranty and was engineered to handle the increased workloads from your business.
*Data reflects products in production as of August 2013.
Exclusive NASware 3.0 Technology
Our exclusive technology, NASware 3.0, makes WD Red thrive in the demanding small-NAS environment. By adding WD Red to your NAS system, not only is everything more efficient and reliable, you get to enjoy the best NAS experience possible.
3D Active Balance Plus
Our enhanced dual-plane balance control technology significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability. Hard drives that are not properly balanced may cause excessive vibration and noise in a multi-drive system, reduce the hard drive life span, and degrade the performance over time. (EFRX models only)
The right choice
WD Red is designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems and PCs with RAID.
Since your NAS system is always on, a highly reliable drive is essential. With a 35% MTBF improvement over standard drives, the WD Red drive with NASware 3.0 is designed for the 24×7 environment.
Upgrading your drive is easy
WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive.
All WD drives purchased from Amazon.com are shipped in WD-certified hard drive packaging. It is designed and fully tested to provide WD products with the highest of safety while in transit. With WD-certified packaging, you can rest assured that your WD hard drive will arrive safely, fully protected, in a non-descript, easy-open package.
WD Red NAS hard drives are recommended for use in personal/small/home office, 1-8 bay NAS systems. For systems that use more than 8 bays or are rack mount solutions, please consider WD Red Pro hard drives.***
***WD hard drives are designed and tested for use in specific applications and environments. This ensures that your hard drive is compatible with and functions properly in your application. Our hard drives are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship in the system for which they were designed. Use in systems other than for what the hard drive was designed could result in compatibility problems that affect proper function, unrelated to material and/or workmanship defects.
Ideal for: Small NAS environments 1 to 8 bay RAID configurations
Features at a glance Next-generation NAS experience with NASware 3.0 and up to a massive 6 TB capacity Most extensive NAS partner compatibility-testing list available* Expanded NAS solutions with 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors Improved drive reliability and data protection in the event of a power loss or disruption Premium 24×7 support
Advanced firmware technology built into every WD Red drive, NASware 3.0 enables seamless integration, robust data protection and optimal performance for systems operating in NAS and RAID environments.
The secret is the next-generation technology
WD's next-generation NASware 3.0 technology improves NAS storage performance by reducing common hard drive concerns in NAS systems including concerns for things like compatibility, integration, upgrade ability, reliability and cost of ownership that are experienced with a hard drive designed for desktop computers.
NAS for Home
Take your connected home environment to the next level with a NAS system that is equipped with WD Red hard drives and enjoy streaming your media, backing up your computers, file sharing and managing your digital content faster and easier. The WD Red NASware 3.0 experience with increased compatibility makes sharing from your mobile device, computer, TV, stereo and more an instant gratification. WD Red enables you to create your own reliable Personal Cloud.
Lower operating temperatures
Reduce your electricity bill with WD Red drives. Innovative technology reduces power consumption and lowers the operating temperature, resulting in a more reliable and affordable solution for always on NAS environments.
The WD advantageWD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) prior to any product launch. On average, each new product goes through 600,000 hours of testing. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles. You can also call toll-free support 7 days per week in the U.S. and Canada. See the WD Support site for full details.
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PATA 100 MB/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s Form factor 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch Cache 8 MB – 64 MB 64 MB 32 MB – 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB Highest capacity Highest performance Photo/video editing Network Storage Systems Video Surveillance
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.7 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B00LO3KR0U
- Item model number: WD50EFRX
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 21, 2014