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

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (19)
  • Reliable (18)
  • Fast connection (12)
  • Durable (10)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (17)
    • Multimedia (11)
    • Large projects (5)
    • NAS (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (14), Multimedia professional (8), Tech professional (6), Technically challenged (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20), Business (5)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (11), Mac (7), Linux (4)

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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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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                5.0

                Best NAS HD

                By jayrock

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Connectivity
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Multimedia

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

                  This is the best HD you can get right now if you use a raid setup. I use this with my Drobo 5D.

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

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                  4.0

                  So far so good...

                  By Rob O

                  from Reno, NV

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

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

                    I bought this drive (actually I bought 2 of them) for my Synology DS214 Play NAS drive. They installed and formatted seamlessly. Durability is to be determined... so far so good!

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

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                    4.0

                    The drives to get for a Synology NAS

                    By James Benet

                    from Carlsbad CA

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast Connectivity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Multimedia

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

                      Excellent speed and quietness. You can barely hear them in an office with a 5 bay Synology 1513+ NAS.

                      One of the drives was faulty out of the box reason for the 4 star rating... and B&H exchanged it for a new one paying shipping both ways by USP Ground. The new drive performs perfectly.

                      If data integrity is important to you, getting a RED drive for a redundant NAS is the way to go. Green and blue drives are not designed to run as a 24/7 server these drives are and remain cool and quiet.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for NAS

                      By Den

                      from Gaithersburg, MD

                      About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • NAS

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

                        As usual, B&H shipment has good packaging. The HDD retail kit provides extra protection. So far it is working fine.

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

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                        4.0

                        Works in my NAS

                        By David

                        from Buffalo, NY

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Connectivity
                        • Quiet
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            How can you tell in a month? I bought two of these drives bundled with Synology's DS214+ NAS. The drives work properly and appear to be plenty fast for my application (serving music using a Sonos Bridge and Connect). The real test will be how long the drives last.

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

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                            4.0

                            Designed for constant use

                            By shaleh

                            from Silicon Valley, CA

                            About Me Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • media server
                              • Multimedia

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

                              I had been using some WD Green disks for my photo and video server but after reading lots of people having issues I decided I was putting too much at risk. These WD Red disks are meant to be used for constant, always on access.

                              My only complaint is that despite being a retail packaging there was no SATA cable. Luckily I had a spare.

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

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                              5.0

                              Works fine so far!

                              By Mailman Morris

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast Connectivity
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Multimedia

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

                                Installed in NAS, started up, runs fine! No problems!

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

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                                5.0

                                Excellent NAS drive

                                By Bay Area enthusiast

                                from El Cerrito CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Raid Setup

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

                                  Great 3TB disk for NAS and RAID.
                                  I like ordering the disk from the Retail Kit, instead of OEM as it is packed very well for shipping. Despite relatively slow rotational speed, these disks perform extremely well as they are optimized for NAS/RAID. Added benefits: They don't overheat and are quiet.

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

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                                  4.0

                                  Flawless

                                  By DugRau

                                  from Columbia, SC

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Large Projects

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

                                    The site warned me it would take 2-4 weeks for delivery and it took every bit of four weeks. Once they arrived the two 3Tb drives plugged into my new NAS and started error checking and diagnostics. Zero defects were found, I can't remember ever getting a new hard drive without some bad sector or other mishap to be aware of. The drives are a bit slow but I'm sure that adds to their reliability and in my application, I'm much more concerned about that.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Stable and efficient!

                                    By M&M Photos

                                    from Lake Shastina, CA

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Excellent For Raid10
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Responsive
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • Large Projects

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

                                      I've got four units installed in a Synology DS414 server on RAID 10. Everything installed without a hitch. They're fast enough to have multiple people edit and post process images directly from the NAS without hangups. Definitely the best business investment I've made to make my workflow efficient, with plenty of space to back up my projects as a side benefit. Handles multiple simultaneous access from multiple sources very well

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      Outstanding Drives for RAID 10 Setup

                                      By PhotoJim

                                      from Southwest Florida

                                      About Me Creative Director, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast Connectivity
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Large Projects

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

                                        I built a 24 unit Storage unit to use as a RAID 10 for storing my video programs... and have been populating it 4 drives at a time. The 3 TB Wester Digital drives are reliable and do a great job. I will buy 4 more drives and have a complete 36 TB of redundant storage. I put a lot of time and work into creating digital programming... My business success relies on Western Digital's quality products.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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