Western Digital (WD) has expanded ins WD Red line of SATA hard drives for NAS (network attached storage) systems with the first-to-market release of a 6TB drive.


The new 6TB WD Red hard drive module. (Source: WD.)

Designed for home and small office NAS systems, the new 6TB and 5TB drives address the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage for this market sector and are ideal for backing up image and video files. The new drives come with NASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology, which has been designed to improve reliability and system performance.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support. By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1″“6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bay NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.  

High capacity WD 6 TB hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD’s My Cloud, My Cloud EX2, My Cloud EX4, My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage as well as My Book and My Book Duo external drive solutions and are compatible to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

Both drives come with a three-year limited warranty. RRP for the 6TB drive is AU$399, while the 5TB is priced at AU$329. Both drives are available at specialist retail outlets now. Full product details can be found at the company’s website at www.wd.com.