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Thecus Release WD Red Drive Compatibility List

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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:

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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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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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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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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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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?