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WD Red: For NAS only?

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December 3, 2012 11:04:21 PM

I just bought the Western Digital Red 3TB hard drive for my Dell XPS 435t/9000 as a second drive for media. I just realized that the red is "designed" for NAS systems. Can I use this as a "regular" hard drive? If yes, am I losing anything over another similarly situated "regular" hard drive? I can return it quite easily (it is still in the box).

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P.S. I am running Windows 7 64-Bit Pro

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December 4, 2012 12:22:17 AM
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They work fine as a regular HDD
difference between normal and RED (nas) drives is Price and some Hardware level error correction stuff for raid solution
December 4, 2012 12:27:24 AM

Was just looking at these. Yeah there just fine. And really there better than WD greens so the price was right in my book.

btw, Fahk seagate

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December 4, 2012 2:09:18 PM

Thanks for the replies. Since I am only going to use it for storing media files, I figure the additional 1TB of storage is better than the performance associated with the WD Black (and its 2TB).
December 14, 2012 12:22:09 AM

Best answer selected by tallen234.
September 11, 2013 11:16:58 AM

kitsunestarwind said:
They work fine as a regular HDD
difference between normal and RED (nas) drives is Price and some Hardware level error correction stuff for raid solution


RED drives also run at 5400 RPM, have 3 year warranty and lower MTBF ratings from the enterprise drives (7200 RPM, 5 year warranty and higher MTBFs). Enterprise discs are more expensive but aside from other features, the increased speed and better warranty should make-up for their increased cost and they also include the time-limited error recovery (TLER) feature which is included in the RED drives.

See this table to compare features: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7258/battle-of-the-4-tb-n...
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