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October 06, 2013

Gadget ON: Western Digital WD Red 4.0TB HDD (WD40EFRX) Review

Western Digital newest offering the WD Red 4.0TB for NASware, this drive offers 33% more storage capacity than previously the same 3.5" form factor with a 6Gb/s SATA interface.


The WD Red line varies storage capacity from 1.0TB, 2.0TB and 3.0TB models. Their target market are small business that require minimum NAS storage.

WD Red 4.0TB HDD Key Specifications:

    •    Model number: WD40EFRX
    •    Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
    •    Formatted capacity: 4TB
    •    Form factor: 3.5-inch
    •    Advanced Format (AF): Yes
    •    RoHS compliant: Yes
    •    Data transfer rate (max)
    •    Interface speed: 6 Gb/s
    •    Internal transfer rate: 150 MB/s
    •    Cache (MB): 64
    •    Rotational speed (RPM): IntelliPower
WD Red 4TB HDD Specifications
  • Model number: WD40EFRX
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Formatted capacity: 4TB
  • Form factor: 3.5-inch
  • Advanced Format (AF): Yes
  • RoHS compliant: Yes
  • Data transfer rate (max)
  • Interface speed: 6 Gb/s
  • Internal transfer rate: 150 MB/s
  • Cache (MB): 64
  • Rotational speed (RPM): IntelliPower
- See more at: http://adobotech.blogspot.com/2013/09/first-look-on-wd-red-4tb-hdd-wd40efrx.html#uds-search-results

The IntelliPower technology-A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.

Design and Build
The WD Red 4.0TB design is similar with the WD Red 3.0TB that I reviewed. The top part of the drives is where the label and branding located, while at the back is where the circuit board located. It Weight: 1.5 lbs / 0.68 kg.


The SATA connector and standard power can also be seen at the back, the circuit board is secured by four screws. There are six screw lots that ca be used to secure the drive onto the drive bay.

Performance and Compatibility 
I used the Synology DS231Air to test drive the WD Red 4.0TB, this NAS Server supports 2 drives and can handle up to 8.0TB drive capacity so its perfect for this test, there was no problem fitting the WD Red 4.0TB into the bay. The drive fit snugly into the bay and can be secured by screws located at the side.  
 
 
Tested the transfer rate and I was able to gen an average transfer rate of 90MB/s via LAN connection, and since the DS213air have Wi-Fi capability I also tested the transfer rate and was able to get an average transfer rate of 42MB/s.

Conclusion
I've been using the WD red 4.0TB on DS213Air for more than a month now for 24/7 operation as my personal cloud storage and backup solution for my projects and my main storage for my media files and I have not experience any hiccup or problem specially during transfer of data files.

Pros
Well its the largest capacity of hard drives available in the market right now, and you can get a better performance if you use this drive on a NAS server. It works well also on as a main drive via SATA interface.

Cons
The price for this WD red 4.0TB may range up to Php 14,000 and its a bit hard to find in PC stores in the metro.

PHP 14, 899
      

Western Digital have is offering WD Red 4.0TB for NASware - See more at: http://adobotech.blogspot.com/2013/09/first-look-on-wd-red-4tb-hdd-wd40efrx.html#sthash.hqxnGg2e.dpuf
Western Digital have is offering WD Red 4.0TB for NASware - See more at: http://adobotech.blogspot.com/2013/09/first-look-on-wd-red-4tb-hdd-wd40efrx.html#sthash.hqxnGg2e.dpuf

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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  2. That's a ferocious monster you got there. I remember being very proud of my 10gb hdd back in the day. And nowadays i find my laptops 500gb lacking and slow. I might consider a 2TB drive but in my case it's gonna have to be external.

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  3. The information went over my head there a little, haha! But at least I know what the salesman is saying when I buy a new hard drive.

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  4. 14k! a bit pricey though... what's the warranty on this one?

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  5. I am not that tech savvy but Western Digital's newest offering the WD Red 4.0TB for NASware is impressive to me.

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  6. Before 1 TB was really huge but now there's four TB and this one's perfect for those collecting large files in terms of movies and photos.

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  7. This looks like a handy device to have especially if one needs a lot of storage space.
    -Wanderer Juan

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