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3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive)
 
4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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Pros

  • Quiet (24)
  • Reliable (20)
  • Fast connection (14)
  • Durable (13)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (21)
    • Multimedia (14)
    • Large projects (8)
    • NAS (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (17), Multimedia professional (9), Tech professional (7), Technically challenged (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (25), Business (5)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (15), Mac (7), Linux (4), Other (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best drives for your NAS

    I bought a pair of these to put in my new Synology Diskstation (I reviewed it as well if you are in the market for one). THey are built for 24/7 use....Read complete review

    I bought a pair of these to put in my new Synology Diskstation (I reviewed it as well if you are in the market for one). THey are built for 24/7 use. They're a bit more $$ than standard drives but isn't your data worth it? mine sure is.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Are they really good?

    This drive lasted 10 months in my Synology NAS and then crashed. The warranty replacement lasted less than 48 hours. Let's see if WDC takes care of this or if I have to pay...Read complete review

    This drive lasted 10 months in my Synology NAS and then crashed. The warranty replacement lasted less than 48 hours. Let's see if WDC takes care of this or if I have to pay to send their bad replacement drive back.

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    3.0

    Are they really good?

    By Mark

    from USA

    Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

    This drive lasted 10 months in my Synology NAS and then crashed. The warranty replacement lasted less than 48 hours. Let's see if WDC takes care of this or if I have to pay to send their bad replacement drive back.

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    5.0

    Works fine

    By Gary

    from Johnson City, TN

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Large Projects
      • Multimedia

      Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

      Installed in an external USB 3.0 adapter and initialized and formatted fine, 1 partition 2.7 TB as expected. Moved to internal SATA cable and Windows 8.1 disk manager showed as 1 partition and unallocated space and would not do anything to the drive. After much online reading, I had to use a DOS program to reset the drive (while on SATA cable) and then disk manager initialized and formatted it fine with1 partition 2.7 TB as expected. Who knew... I always prepped my drives using the external USB 3.0 device previously but it won't work with > 2 TB drives.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Jurec

      from Virginia Beach

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Connectivity
      • Quiet
      • Reliable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Large Projects
        • Multimedia

        Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

        Best choice for the NAS.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Great drives with great price

        By Tuan

        from Sacramento, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

        Recommended WD Red drives for WDMyCloud EX4 and took 3-4 to go across the country. Took a few minutes to install. Very low noise to nothing when they're running and got plenty of diskspace. Will come back for more at later time.

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        5.0

        great drives

        By Azurmele

        from rhode island

        Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

        Works quickly and well. Nice buy.

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        4.0

        Easy setup, best for NAS

        By AJD

        from Maryland

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Connectivity
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • NAS

          Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

          Took all of 3 minutes from opening the box to running in my NAS. Does not come with cables, so if you aren't using a NAS, you'll need to buy those.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Always buy WD

          By Jeff

          from OH

          Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

          Aside from the stock drives in my computers, I have never bought or considered anything other than Western Digital. I run two of these in RAID1 and am very happy with the performance.

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          4.0

          Excellent drive, but only 5400RPM

          By plasticb

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Tech Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Quiet
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Slow Compared Competition

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Multimedia

          Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

          This is a solid, stable, reliable performer in the NAS category. I have about 32 of these drives, and have had 0 actual failures. I did, however, have them report failure under high temperature (>100F degrees), and then perform fine after being moved into a new enclosure. The only downside, is sustained streaming reads from ZFS are lower than what I have come to expect from 7200 or 10k drives. All that being said, you get exactly what is advertised. A solid home NAS disk, that's great for backups, streaming video, and the like.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Other

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          5.0

          Great drives at a great price

          By Kimo

          from WA

          Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

          I looked around for a NAS drive and everything said this was the best. Got it home installed it and preforms as good as it should. Reads and writes as fast as I can throw data at it.

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          5.0

          Best for NAS

          By Guy With a Tie

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Durable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Projects
            • Nas And Other Raids

            Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

            I have been using WD Reds for a while in my multi computer household.
            This time I decided to jump over the 2GB barrier.
            There is a learning curve if you are replacing a (bootable) RAID of MBR drives with the ones over 2GB ones (GPT).
            At some point I even regreted that I bought 3GB drives.
            Fortunately, I figured it all out. Now, it's just the drive quality. They are great - silent, cool, reliable.
            I was using WD Blacks before but their noise was too much to bare for a quiet office. The reds cost less too.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            western digital

            By slacker

            from Denver

            Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

            Awesome my first big drives going since I bought 2 that it will be enough for all my movies

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            4.0

            so far so good

            By rob_b

            from Phx Az

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

              Will see what happens after a couple of years. Not very loud.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              good price plenty fast in my 4 bay RAID

              By Ray

              from NY, NJ, PA

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast Connectivity
              • Quiet
              • Reliable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Multimedia
                • Raid Cases

                Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                Not as fast as the WD blacks but less than half the cost, use them in my OWC Thunderbay IV RAID cases

                8 out of 8 of these arrived working perfectly, and have been running non stop for about a month (I will post again with an hour count at my first failure)

                For a single internal drive I would want something faster (I think these are energy savers) or even SSD but with 4 bay RAID cases they rip and are not even close to being the weakest speed link in my system also more than fast enough for back up as single drives.... the price is less than half the cost as the blacksso for backup I would much rather get 2 of these that one black (all drives will fail, 2 is always better than 1)

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Work as expected

                By Mike

                from Palmdale, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Synology Nas

                  Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                  I have two of these installed into a Synology NAS with a coupe tens of thousands 18meg pics (Canon 7D), movies, music, and documents. No problems to report.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  works great

                  By Bebimbap

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Large Projects
                    • Multimedia
                    • Travel

                    Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                    I use this in a self made server holding 6x 3TB WD red drives, and 6x 2TiB Samsung spinpoints. Runs 24x7 with a Areca 1882ix 24 raid controller with 4gb and BBU. even for low spindle rate, these hard drives are very fast. Throughput is phenomenal , I have yet to max out the bandwidth on my raid 6 even with a 6x 2TB raid5 samsungs and another 2 hard drives copying data to it at the same time.

                    Raid expansion/migration took 7 hours each which is how long the RED takes to write 3TiB/2.8TB. or about an average 116MB/s from edge center.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    Great drive.

                    By hiperdrive73

                    from vincennes, in

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lots of space
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • None so far

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Server Or Nas Box

                    Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                    This drive is great so far. Right now it's just in an external enclosure. I'm gonna put it in a NAS box in the future. The speed is good for a mechanical drive and it holds lots of movies. So far it's working fine. No issues yet.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    So far So good

                    By pitt717

                    from NJ

                    About Me Tech Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Connectivity
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Multimedia
                      • NAS

                      Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                      good drive so far. seems quiet and fast in my freeness box. only con so far is wish the price came down just a little more. but as usual, B&H made the checkout easy and shipping to NJ is always fast.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Linux

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                      4.0

                      So far so good

                      By pitt1717

                      from NJ

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Price Still A Little High

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Multimedia
                      • NAS

                      Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                      good drive so far. seems quiet and fast in my freeness box. only con so far is wish the price came down just a little more. but as usual, B&H made the checkout easy and shipping to NJ is always fast.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Linux

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                      5.0

                      Great WD Red Drive - Perfect for NAS

                      By UFO1947

                      from Powell, OH

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Quality
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Multimedia
                        • Nas Storage

                        Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                        Dependable, fast, and WD quality. Installed quickly in my 2-bay NAS storage. I would recommend these drives.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Best hard drives

                        By Ron y

                        from La ca

                        Comments about 3TB Network HDD Retail Kit (WD30EFRX, Red Drive):

                        Great Nas drives cool to the touch when grounded!!

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