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WD 3 TB NAS Hard Drive retail boxed - red £64.99 @ Amazon
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WD 3 TB NAS Hard Drive retail boxed - red £64.99 @ Amazon

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Posted 2nd Dec 2019

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  • Target audience: Prosumer, SOHO and Workgroups or users who want to enjoy streaming media, backing up PCs, file sharing and managing digital content quickly and easily
  • Designed and tested for personal/home/small office 1-8 bay NAS environments. For larger applications, please use WD red pro hard drives
  • Built for up to 8-bay NAS systems and up to 10 TB capacities, for larger systems please use red pro drives
  • NASware (TM) technology which optimises the hard drive for 24 x 7 NAS environments and improves reliability within NAS systems
  • Most extensive NAS partner compatibility-testing list available on the market (as of March 2016)
  • Before the users are starting to use the disk: do run a full surface test on it and if this test is passed then it will means the disk is OK
  • Form Factor: 3.5 Inch; RPM Class 5400
  • WD Red drives are engineered to run cool and quiet while offering optimum compatibility for demanding 24x7 environments
  • WD Red drives with NASware 3.0 technology are purpose-built to balance performance and reliability in NAS and RAID environments

I've got two of these in my NAS and been looking to extend but the price has been over £100 consistently. Don't know if this is a cyber monday deal or just a good price.
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I hope 4tb will fall into my hands soon ... in the USA 4tb is on promotion for 64 $: /
Very good price, think I might get one, would prefer slightly larger, but at that price, it's a great back up for my synology nas. I don't really need reds, as I don't have my synology running 24/7, and not set for raid just jbod,, but a nice drive.
A 3TB Red drive is a bargain (in the UK) at this price. Pick up a 2nd hand 2 bay qnap nas, stick a couple of these in and you've a half decent file server and media streamer. So for that reason, heat given.
Been using 2 of these in a desktop for well over a year with no problems and I paid a lot more than this for them (£88 each).
Great product and a bargain price.
Quick and quiet.
Edited by: "apeman69" 2nd Dec 2019
Just bought one to replace a crappy old 500GB unit in my 4 bay USB enclosure that houses my current music collection.
Damn you OP 'cos I got a lot of data to move around now by reassigning some of the 10 HDDs I've got in and attached to my PC 😁

Simply had to buy at this price and many thanks for finding it and posting.
The 6TB is on for £123. Much more interesting imo.
Edited by: "armandbernard1995" 2nd Dec 2019
armandbernard199502/12/2019 05:43

The 6TB is on for £123. Much more interesting imo.


Thanks for the heads up, I've gone for a couple, great deal compared with the 4TB
I have a hot swap 3.5" drive bay and the drive within that just failed.
Would this be a decent replacement?
I wouldn't need this much storage so is there smaller variations for cheaper? 1TB would be fine.
Got an SSD as my OS HD.
Don't know a lot about hard drives unfortunately.
Noice.
Although it's not massive this is great for those with 3TB array's who don't want to replace 4x drives when they have room for expansion (me)
A great price. Note that Amazon will only allow you to buy a maximum of 3. My NAS has 4x 1TB drives, but luckily I have another Amazon account, so had to buy a single drive on that account to get 4 in total. Free postage on the single drive even though I don't have Prime on that account.
Rob_Deeley02/12/2019 08:03

I have a hot swap 3.5" drive bay and the drive within that just …I have a hot swap 3.5" drive bay and the drive within that just failed.Would this be a decent replacement?I wouldn't need this much storage so is there smaller variations for cheaper? 1TB would be fine.Got an SSD as my OS HD.Don't know a lot about hard drives unfortunately.


These drives are designed to be left on 24/7, hence the NAS usage. Are you talking about a desktop PC? You could always just get another 1TB SSD. Lots of good deals on those at the moment, and less worry about drive failure in the future.
gazcarts02/12/2019 08:20

These drives are designed to be left on 24/7, hence the NAS usage. Are you …These drives are designed to be left on 24/7, hence the NAS usage. Are you talking about a desktop PC? You could always just get another 1TB SSD. Lots of good deals on those at the moment, and less worry about drive failure in the future.


Any suggestions mate? I don't see many 3.5" SSD drives.
Hopeitscheaper02/12/2019 01:16

Very good price, think I might get one, would prefer slightly larger, but …Very good price, think I might get one, would prefer slightly larger, but at that price, it's a great back up for my synology nas. I don't really need reds, as I don't have my synology running 24/7, and not set for raid just jbod,, but a nice drive.


The reason most hard drives fail is because of the stopping and starting when you turn your PC/NAS on and off. Far better to leave your NAS running 24/7. The drives will normally last longer. These drives are designed to be left running permanently. Also think about a UPS, as a power cut will also kill many drives.
gazcarts02/12/2019 08:20

These drives are designed to be left on 24/7, hence the NAS usage. Are you …These drives are designed to be left on 24/7, hence the NAS usage. Are you talking about a desktop PC? You could always just get another 1TB SSD. Lots of good deals on those at the moment, and less worry about drive failure in the future.


That's not true, all hard drives are designed for 24/7. These drives have a larger cache than desktop drives to support many users e.g. a small business and have a feature for hardware RAID found in expensive enterprise server racks. If you are a home user using a small consumer NAS then a desktop Blue drive would be fine even if using the software RAID feature.
Rob_Deeley02/12/2019 08:23

Any suggestions mate? I don't see many 3.5" SSD drives.


You can buy drive cages that hold a 2.5 inch drive so it can fit into a 3.5 inch bay. Something like this...
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Oooh tempted....
malhal02/12/2019 08:48

That's not true, all hard drives are designed for 24/7. These drives have …That's not true, all hard drives are designed for 24/7. These drives have a larger cache than desktop drives to support many users e.g. a small business and have a feature for hardware RAID found in expensive enterprise server racks. If you are a home user using a small consumer NAS then a desktop Blue drive would be fine even if using the software RAID feature.


It's correct that all HDDs benefit from being left on 24/7, but there are differences between desktop and NAS drives. This webpage explains it:
google.co.uk/amp/s/nascompares.com/2017/09/08/what-is-the-difference-between-nas-hard-drives-and-standard-hard-drives-is-it-all-a-big-con/amp/

Oh, and a WD Blue 3TB drive costs over £70, so the Red is currently cheaper anyway.
Edited by: "gazcarts" 2nd Dec 2019
quick question to all the Synology users, I have 2 x 500gb in a hybrid raid (mirrored) if I was to remove one of these 500GB and replace with this 3TB could I mirror back with the 500GB and then use the remaining 2.5GB as a separate partition obviously with no redundancy on the new partition?
armandbernard199502/12/2019 05:43

The 6TB is on for £123. Much more interesting imo.


Thanks for this. I might bite at this price
Stupid question can I use them as a normal HD in a desktop?
gazcarts02/12/2019 09:04

It's correct that all HDDs benefit from being left on 24/7, but there are …It's correct that all HDDs benefit from being left on 24/7, but there are differences between desktop and NAS drives. This webpage explains it:google.co.uk/amp/s/nascompares.com/2017/09/08/what-is-the-difference-between-nas-hard-drives-and-standard-hard-drives-is-it-all-a-big-con/amp/Oh, and a WD Blue 3TB drive costs over £70, so the Red is currently cheaper anyway.


yep good info, also might help others to know you can find a cheap 6 TB Blue inside the MyBook and Elements externals. And that 8TB WD Red is tech acquired from HGST that make thudding seek sounds that can vibrate into the walls of your house you might want to avoid.
Just be careful as I had to replace one in my dad NAS and two turned up that either I could not add the warranty to or WD claimed were fake.
Just as soon as you get it try to register for the 3yr warranty.

Paul
Stormbringer201202/12/2019 09:44

Stupid question can I use them as a normal HD in a desktop?


Yes you can but be aware these drives are typically 5400rpm which is a bit slower than a desktop HDD. If you're planning to install windows on it and use it as your primary drive you'd be better off with an SSD, or a regular 7200rpm desktop drive. That said I believe the ironwolf range (5900rpm) is comparable to a desktop drive at 7200rpm.

If you're just using it for storage then you don't need to worry about this.

But given the price of SSDs it makes no sense to install windows onto one of these drives, you'd be better off buying an 80gb ssd for windows separately.
NibblyPig02/12/2019 14:09

Yes you can but be aware these drives are typically 5400rpm which is a bit …Yes you can but be aware these drives are typically 5400rpm which is a bit slower than a desktop HDD. If you're planning to install windows on it and use it as your primary drive you'd be better off with an SSD, or a regular 7200rpm desktop drive. That said I believe the ironwolf range (5900rpm) is comparable to a desktop drive at 7200rpm.If you're just using it for storage then you don't need to worry about this.But given the price of SSDs it makes no sense to install windows onto one of these drives, you'd be better off buying an 80gb ssd for windows separately.


Thank you I already have Windows on a SSD it was just for storage.
Would these be good for long term storage. Maybe switched on twice a year. I've lost three external drives within a month
Stormbringer201202/12/2019 16:53

Thank you I already have Windows on a SSD it was just for storage.


Cool. I've ordered 2, NAS boxes are stupid expensive and I don't need 24/7 constant access but the price seems cheap. I'm just ognna shove them in my PC and set up a windows Storage Space so they're redundant. Most stuff I store in the cloud but videos take up a lot of upload.
Cold for me. Great price but I have had a WD 3TB Red go bad on me within 12m... then the replacement also failed. I am on #3....
deaglecat02/12/2019 20:40

Cold for me. Great price but I have had a WD 3TB Red go bad on me within …Cold for me. Great price but I have had a WD 3TB Red go bad on me within 12m... then the replacement also failed. I am on #3....


But surely it's a deal all the same
deaglecat02/12/2019 20:40

Cold for me. Great price but I have had a WD 3TB Red go bad on me within …Cold for me. Great price but I have had a WD 3TB Red go bad on me within 12m... then the replacement also failed. I am on #3....


That sounds pretty unlucky. You sure there's not another factor involved?
Edited by: "daveburgess" 2nd Dec 2019
Well, my 8TB has turned up and it is retail edition. Warranty checks out at 3 years, so all good.
gazcarts02/12/2019 08:25

The reason most hard drives fail is because of the stopping and starting …The reason most hard drives fail is because of the stopping and starting when you turn your PC/NAS on and off. Far better to leave your NAS running 24/7. The drives will normally last longer. These drives are designed to be left running permanently. Also think about a UPS, as a power cut will also kill many drives.


To be honest, any mechanical drive can fail, I've had new ones, old ones, I've got some externals I've had for years, never any bother, you buy something new, and it fails,,power cuts are life, I agree they can damage things, but if I'm honest, you can worry about everything, I just enjoy while it lasts,
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