Western Digital Introduces 6 TB WD Red HDD

Western Digital is bringing a number of updates to its product lineups, most of them geared towards the WD Red series.

Let's start with the standard WD Red drives. Western Digital is adding a 5 TB and a 6 TB drive to the lineup. These drives now carry the NASware 3.0 feature set, and are built to be used in NAS systems with up to eight drives. They carry a three-year warranty.

Western Digital also introduced the new Red Pro lineup. These drives are intended to be used in NAS systems with between 8 and 16 drives, and these also come with the NASware 3.0 feature set. Initially, these will only come in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities. WD includes a five-year warranty with the Red Pro hard drives, and aims for these drives to be used in medium to large business environments.

Concluding the updates, WD is also introducing 5 TB and 6 TB Green drives. These are the company's cool and quiet series of hard drives.

As a refresher, the main reason why the WD Red lineup exists is because NAS storage often includes a RAID setup, as opposed to single-drive setups in the typical desktop. The most important feature that the Red drives carry is TLER, or Time-Limited Error Recovery. In most RAID arrays you want a drive to have TLER enabled, as most RAID controllers will drop a drive out of the array if it doesn't respond within 7 seconds. Most desktop hard drives will keep attempting to read data from bad sectors for around 20 seconds. As a result, using desktop drives such as a WD Green drive in a RAID array can result in unnecessary data loss.

Pricing for the new drives is set at $249 and $299 for the WD Red 5 TB and 6 TB models, respectively. The WD Red Pro drives will be a little more expensive, priced at $159, $199, and $259 for the 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB models, respectively.

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  • Amdlova
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  • thechief73
    Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Western Digital artificially remove TLER from all their drives firmware to create the Red line-up and the demand for such a drive? I know the Red's bring other features to the table as well, but that doesn't justify handicapping the other models.
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  • thundervore
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    Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Western Digital artificially remove TLER from all their drives firmware to create the Red line-up and the demand for such a drive? I know the Red's bring other features to the table as well, but that doesn't justify handicapping the other models.


    Which is why I no longer buy their drives. They have Green, Blue, Red, Purple, Black, and Velociraptor. there is no need for one company to flood the market with so many drives for no reason. People use to be able to buy the WD green drives and use them in RAID until WD decided to make the head parking time every 2 minutes then release a Red drive for more money with a longer head parking time.
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