Today we continue our drive reviews with a set of Western Digital Red 10TB NAS hard drives. In this case, we have two Red 10TB NAS to review. Many of us here consider Western Digital Red NAS drives to be a staple of our NAS systems, in this review, we jump the capacity up to a huge 10TB for each drive.e7-4890 v2
These hard drives are helium filled for smoother disk operation, include NASware 3.0 and are designed for NAS platforms with up to 8 drive bays. The new WD Red 10TB NAS drives run with seven platers at around 5400 RPM. Warranties support include three years for the Red NAS drives.
The new line of WD Red NAS drives includes NASware 3.0 which optimizes power, performance, and reliability in multiple drive environments.
Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Specifications
Here is a specs table for the five drives in the current generation family from 10TB to 3TB.
WD Red 10TB NAS SpecificationsMore detailed Information about Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drives.
Western Digital Red 10TB NAS Hard Drive Overview
Let us take a look at these new hard drives from Western Digital. Our sample units from WD did not come with retail packaging. Many users will opt for bare drives to put into their NAS systems anyway.
A close look at the drive label shows information about the hard drive. We spot manufacture date, part numbers and these drives come with 256MB Cache.
Flipping the drive over and looking at the back side, we see the back is fairly clean looking with the PCB supported with blue foam to help dampen vibrations.
We finish off with a close up on the SATA and Power connections at the edge of the hard drive.
Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Performance
At the time of this review, we have a Synology DS916+ 4-Bay NAS and several smaller 2-Bay NAS units in our Lab. We wanted to use the most powerful NAS box we had in the Lab at the time so the NAS box itself would offer the highest performance with our drives. The DS916+ is a 4-Bay NAS, using two hard drives does limit us to what Raid types that we can use, we did include Synology SHR, JBOD, and Raid 0 data sets.
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (Intel NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable performance comparisons between network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
You can see in all Raid types tested the new WD Red 10TB NAS hard drives outperform the others tested. All though the difference is not large they still hold a performance edge.
Let us rerun the benchmarks with encrypted folders.