Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Thecus Release WD Red Drive Compatibility List

Why is July 11th 2012 a big day for Western Digital and the storage industry? The reason is exciting; the data storage expert is to launch, on that day, their new line of product, the Red drives. Bringing to the market a drive made especially for NAS devices, WD Red drives combine with a Thecus NAS will show the storage world what digital data is all about.

WD Red hard drives are designed specifically for NAS systems that range from 1 to 5 bays. The drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility in the unique 24x7 demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS. Already tested by Thecus engineers, the Red series have passed the test with many of our devices. As announced at the launch, the NAS listed below were showing great performances with the Red HDD mounted inside:

Specifications: SATA 6 GB/S interface, width of 3.5” and height of 1”, Rotational speed managed by IntelliPower. With a current capacity range of 1TB, 2TB and 3TB, the 3.5” SATA Red™ HDD combine with the latest series of Thecus NAS, the Vision series (N2800, N4800 and N5550), the users could reach a total storage pool of 6, 12 and 15TBs. And that is not counting the external hard drives that can be added to the NAS through their complete connectivity of USB 3.0 or eSATA ports.

“The compatibility of Thecus NAS with the new and dynamic WD Red HDDs is excellent news for all,” said Florence Shih, general manager of Thecus. “To realize this vision, users can experience firsthand, true power and performance. Ultimately, the congruency among WD Red hard drives with Thecus NAS brings great opportunities to the storage industry.”

Compatibility
The two latest devices from the Thecus Vision series, the N4800 and the N5550, are of course compatible with the Red HDD. The 4 bay and 5 bay NAS are both design and oriented towards multimedia applications. The two devices feature an HDMI output, which means that the users can directly stream movies, photos or music stored on their WD Red HDD to their HDTV screen. And with the SATA 6 Gb/s interface of the Red HDD compatible with the Thecus NAS; the users can be assured fast transfer and smooth streaming

Finally, the NAS exclusive WD Red, part of the WD’s complete lineup of internal hard drives, is warmly welcomed in the compatibility list. Thecus is proud to be able to support this NAS only and energy efficient HDD.
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5 Comments on Thecus Release WD Red Drive Compatibility List

#1
Delta6326
WD has to many series I don't see why they can't just make like 3 and add in all the features to those. But I do like the looks of the reds.
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FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: Delta6326
WD has to many series I don't see why they can't just make like 3 and add in all the features to those. But I do like the looks of the reds.
too many???

Desktop/workstation/Mobile:

Caviar/Scorpio Black
Caviar/Scorpio Blue
Caviar/Scorpio Green
VelociRaptor

NAS/Enterprise/Industry:

WD Red
WD XE
WD RE SAS
WD RE4
WD AV-GP
WDAV-25

The ones you really need to look at are the desktop/workstation/mobile list, the rest you dont need to as they are enterprise drives....

Not that the enterprise drives arent available across the counter, but they are priced significantly higher then the ones that are made for the general consumer with the slight exception of the RE4 series which seems to have more availability but are are Sata II which limits there performance.
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Delta6326
by: FreedomEclipse
too many???

Desktop/workstation/Mobile:

Caviar/Scorpio Black
Caviar/Scorpio Blue
Caviar/Scorpio Green
VelociRaptor

NAS/Enterprise/Industry:

WD Red
WD XE
WD RE SAS
WD RE4
WD AV-GP
WDAV-25

The ones you really need to look at are the desktop/workstation/mobile list, the rest you dont need to as they are enterprise drives....

Not that the enterprise drives arent available across the counter, but they are priced significantly higher then the ones that are made for the general consumer with the slight exception of the RE4 series which seems to have more availability but are are Sata II which limits there performance.
Well when you put it that way sure thats not a ton, but then you have to factor some groups have Sata2/3 and then some groups have 32/64cache and so on.

But I just don't see why they can't make a few drives with all of those benefits. so you have a like 3 HD's series that can handle all of those.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: Delta6326

But I just don't see why they can't make a few drives with all of those benefits. so you have a like 3 HD's series that can handle all of those.
thats just like saying AMD or Nvidia have too many graphic cards.

Its simple enterprise/industrial drives need to be made to a higher standard compared to mainstream drives, and since not everyone is looking for a super fast drive like a VelociRaptor - they need to cater for consumers who want to put a more power efficient drive in a HTPC or a NAS.


Its no different when it comes to enterprise drives - they need to be energy efficient while offering decent performance and top notch reliability/MTBF.

When your ops/data center is running over 3000 hard drives in a room full of servers, your needs are different to those of mainstream consumers.
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#5
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Is there really a need for this Red series though? It looks to me like they have just taken WD Blue drives, and slapped on enterprise level branding and prices. And a 1TB RE4 drive is the same price as a 1TB Red drive($110), so what is the point?
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