If you’re planning to setup a small office network attach system, the Western Digital Red 2TB NAS WD20EFRX is ideal to this type of applications. The drive is specifically design for this kind of environment to meet your demands. Desktop hard drives are not capable of 24/7 operations and most often they will end up defective in a very short time due to the fact that they are not appropriate for such applications.
The WD Red 2TB NAS belongs to an enterprise class drive, if you think this type of drive is expensive not at all because, Western Digital brings it to the masses to reach them a budget price. That being said, you can now step away from any ordinary class desktop drive that doesn’t perform the way the enterprise class drives. At a very affordable price you can have a drive that will perform at an enterprise class level.
Typical desktop hard drives manage to work for only 2,400 hours every year which in the long run never satisfy the 24/7 continuous environment. On the other hand, enterprise class drives is capable up to 8,760 hours of working hours in which the WD Red 2TB NAS can deliver.
Mechanical components of this drive are built rigid to sustain any extreme conditions. They are fully factory tested with more heat and extended hours of handling to meet their strict quality standard. Western Digital provides the best firmware to maximize its performance.
The Western Digital Red 2TB NAS operates at 5,400rpm which is slower than any enterprise class drive such as the WD RE4 and Seagate Constellation with 7,200rpm but, don’t let the slower speed fool you as it performs well in its actual application. Having a slower revolution per minute results in a cool, quiet and low power consumption.
The drive is design for high dense platter which 1TB per disc, this gives us the advantage being fast data retrieval and storing. This makes it possible with proximity distance of data written on the disc which is the product of faster than any fewer dense platters.
As a result, the WD 2TB Red drive comes in a 2-platter in contrast to other 4-platter drive with bulky appearance and draw more power while thinner drive such as the WD 2TB Red is well suited in almost every computer case.
In addition to its blazing performance is the inclusion of 64MB cache memory that delivers a quicker access time for the most frequently uses data that doesn’t require going through the drive platter. To further boost its performance the SATA 6GB/s interface in being use that removes the bottleneck in using the SATA 3GB/s.
The IntelliPower technology feature is intend to improve its speed, transfer rate and caching algorithm for optimum efficiency. The Western Digital Red 2TB NAS shows an outstanding performance that results in an average of 112MB/s read and write speed. That was slower than any 7,200rpm drive but definitely faster than in its 5,400rpm counterpart.