WD expanded its WD Red line of SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays. WD Red hard drives are now available in a 2.5-inch form factor offering 1 TB and 750 GB capacities and a new 3.5-inch 4 TB capacity.
Powered by NASware 2.0 technology, WD Red is compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for performance and reduced power consumption.
NAS is continuing to represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the worldwide SOHO storage systems market. It NAS will continue to experience strong growth through the forecast period (to 2015), driven by a major shift of storage deployments toward IP-connected systems (Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker IDC 2013).
A new version of NASware 2.0 further improves drive reliability and protects data in the event of a power loss or disruption. WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, a balance control technology, which improves overall drive performance and reliability. WD offers its customers free 24x7 dedicated phone support and a three-year limited warranty.
Shipping now through select distributors and resellers, WD Red hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. MSRP for the new 2.5-inch WD Red 1 TB, model #: (WD10JFCX) is $99; the 750 GB, model #: (WD750BFCX) is $79 and the 3.5-inch 4 TB, model #: (WD40EFRX) is $229 USD.