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NAS drives as normal HDD

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Last response: in Storage
December 25, 2012 6:26:54 PM

I just built my first PC and have a WD RED 1TB drive. I am wondering if it can use this as a normal HDD rather than a network drive. It would save me loads of money to splash out on a new drive since i can't return the RED drive.

It's a WD RED 7200rpm 1TB SataIII NASware HDD.

Will there be any incompatibility or problems with this.

My system specs are:
Phenom II x4 965 BE
8GB of corsair vengeance ddr3 1600mhz
MSI 970A-G46
Saphire HD radeon 7770 1gb
Windows 7 pro 64bit

Thank you so much for the help!

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December 25, 2012 7:23:36 PM

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a c 113 G Storage
December 25, 2012 7:24:52 PM

The WD Red is a normal SATA drive that can be used in NAS appliances and as a desktop drive.
December 25, 2012 7:37:50 PM

This is easily the best tech forum ever, the community is great. Thanks guys.
December 25, 2012 8:32:54 PM

I'd like a few more replies before i decide what to do, my dad wants to make 100% sure it'll work.
December 25, 2012 9:23:23 PM

Can it work without raid?
a c 113 G Storage
December 26, 2012 1:26:36 AM

Any SATA hard disk can work without RAID. There's nothing special with a WD Red drive other than a firmware that's optimized for RAID use (as with WD RE drives, Seagate Constellation ES and others). Just install it and it will work.
December 26, 2012 7:43:17 AM

Thanks, I'm sorry if i asked really stupid questions, i just don't want to waste £60