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Western Digital outs Red branded hard drives for NAS boxes

One way of getting a three year warranty
Tue Jul 10 2012, 16:38
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STORAGE VENDOR Western Digital has announced it will brand some of its hard drives Red claiming they are better suited to network attached storage (NAS) boxes.

Western Digital has been enjoying the fruits of shorter warranties and higher unit prices with increased profits. Now the firm has decided it needs to segment its products further by branding some of its drives as Red and claiming they work well in NAS boxes.

Western Digital's Red branded hard drives come in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities with 64MB of cache. The firm doesn't reveal the platter spin rate, suggesting it's similar to that of Western Digital's Green branded units.

According to Western Digital, its Red drives have Nasware which "improves reliability and system performance" and somehow simplify the integration process, though quite how it helps users slotting a hard drive into a bay is not detailed. The firm also says - as "an exclusive to Western Digital Red customers" - that the hard drives have a three year warranty, something all its hard drives had a year ago.

Hard drive makrs have been chopping up their hard drive range in order to increase profits for years. Previously Western Digital would recommend that NAS boxes use its Raid Edition hard drives, but that has gone out the window with many users finding that the cheaper Green Edition drives work perfectly well.

Western Digital claims its Red branded hard drives have been tested with a number of NAS boxes from Dlink, Drobo, Qnap, Synology and Netgear.

Aside from Western Digital very kindly offering a three warranty on its Red branded hard drives, it's difficult to see why anyone would buy Red branded hard drives over the firm's cheaper Green units.

Western Digital revealed US pricing for its three Red branded hard drives, with the 1TB priced at $109, the 2TB $139 and the 3TB $189. µ


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