April 09, 2013

Gadget ON: Western Digital WD Red 3TB Internal SATA NASware Hard Drive Review

Western Digital WD Red 3.0TB NAS Hard Drive is great for small-NAS environment. If you are are looking for an storage for your NAS that have a robust data protection and optimal performance for systems operating in NAS and RAID environments. you might want to try the Western Digital WD Red 3TB NASware Hard Drive.

Network-attached storage (NAS) is file-level computer data storage connected to a computer network providing data access to a group of clients. NAS not only operates as a file server, but is specialized for this task either by its hardware, software, or configuration of those elements.

WD Red NAS Hard Drive is available on 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacity. The 3TB is the latest and highest NAS Hard Drive capacity in the market right now. Each drive will have a 64MB cache, DDR2, WD’s Intellipower rotational speed moderation, and 6Gbit/s SATA 

Product Specifications

  • Interface - SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Rotational Speed - 7,200 RPM (IntelliPower)
  • Buffer Size -64 MB
  • Average Latency - 4.20 ms (nominal)
  • Load/unload Cycles - 300,000 minimum
Transfer Rates
  • Buffer To Host - 6 Gb/s (Max)
  • Formatted Capacity - 3,000,592 MB
  • Capacity - 3 TB
  • User Sectors Per Drive - 5,860,533,168

WD’s exclusive NASware technology, is built into every WD Red hard drive, what is does is it improves NAS storage performance by reducing common hard drive concerns in NAS systems including concerns for things like compatibility, integration, upgrade ability, reliability and cost of ownership that are experienced with a hard drive designed for desktop computers.

WD Red Features
  • Streaming support - NASware provides built-in compatibility with the ATA Streaming Feature Set which is important for AV storage applications such as Windows Media Center.

  • SMART Command Transport (SCT) support - NASware allows monitoring and measuring of drive performance via the SMART command set. SMART can return data like thermal profiles, drive access statistics and more. NASware also delivers temperature accuracy within 1°C.
  • Power management support - Enables optimized power usage within the NAS system.

  • BIC Performance - Optimized seek to provide BIC performance while reducing the power and acoustics. 
We tested the WD Red drive on Synology DS213air A 2-bay NAS Server using LAN to connect and access data the transfer rate of 141mb is pretty impressive. But if you will be using WiFi to transfer data expect it to be on the same or lower speed on what your router can provide. The transfer rate of 147mb is pretty impressive. The WD Red drive is backed by a 3-year limited warranty. You can get this drive at Villman for Php 7,000.

Bottom Line: The Western Digital WD Red 3TB Internal SATA NASware Hard Drive is the Hard Drive of choice for your NAS storage needs. The decent speeds for this platter spin drive, include with the dynamic cache and a large storage capacity not to mention the 3 year warranty, what more can you ask for a storage device.

  • Transfer rate of around 141mb/s (using LAN 10gbit connection)
  • Large 3TB storage capacity
  • 64MB Cache
  • Rare 7200rpm @ 3TB
  • Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
  • The Price of Php 7,000 but we expect the price to go down as soon


  1. Whoa still expensive ah? Do you know where I can buy 1TB of any brand of external hd? Budget is PHp 2k.

  2. wow. that's a nice hard drive for hi-specs pcs.

  3. Wow! 3TB I wonder how many movies I can store in this HDD and games!

  4. Great review. I might try something else as it's quite expensive one. It's still out of my budget.

  5. where is i available? ma try nga natin as you said . . .

  6. How I wish the price would go down coz my techie friend wants to buy one, but he just can't afford it.

  7. Wow. 3TB is readily available in the market already. If I wait for the price to go down, there's definitely a better one out. It's a good investment though :)

  8. Very expensive, although if you use a lot of storage this is a good investment.

  9. Its pretty expensive as of now but yes, I agree with you it will go down as time passes by (and new models roles out).

  10. I've got the 1TB one on my custom gaming PC. Cost a pretty penny but it's more or less what I needed at the time. I've gone all the way up to 2TB now and I should be fine for a few more months haha.

    WD is a great maker of hardware. I'd recommend them, along with Seagate.