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WD3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit
 
4.6

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (31)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Durable (15)
  • Fast connection (15)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (28)
  • Multimedia (15)
  • Large projects (9)
  • NAS (5)
  • Additional storage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (19), Multimedia professional (9), Tech professional (7), Casual user (4), Technically challenged (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (32), Business (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (18), Mac (11), Linux (5), Other (4)

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

 

failed on first use

I purchased 4 drives and a DS415+ NAS box 2 weeks ago.

The next day after I initialized the box and copied my data over it reported one drive was unplugged....Read complete review

I purchased 4 drives and a DS415+ NAS box 2 weeks ago.

The next day after I initialized the box and copied my data over it reported one drive was unplugged. I thought it was due to a loose bay so I replugged it (with shutdown and restart properly). The drive showed up again and I rebuilt the RAID 5 volume. It took roughly a day.

The next day the same issue happened again. The same disk was reported unplugged. I thought it was some glitch of the NAS system. I replugged it and rebuilt the volume again. The drive showed up.

And it was reported unplugged again. I talked to the NAS support and told them it was their hardware's problem, because SMART test reported no error and I have never seen a hard drive failing on the first day like this (I started playing with 500MB hard drives back in last century and have seen a lot). I was suggested to change the bay to see if it is the bay's problem or the drive's. So I switched two drives and rebuilt the volume for the 3rd time. All seemed ok again.

And you know what, it turned out to be the drive's problem. The drive failed the same way as before but this time it was in a different bay.

The drive is now being sent back to B&H for a replacement. I have no idea how WD does QA.

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5.0

Quick and Easy Install

By Bob

from Princeton, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

Simple 5 minute installation.

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5.0

Reliable!

By Mountain Biker Ken

from Jackson, WY

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • Photo Storage

    Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

    I've never had issues with Western Digital drives and these have worked perfectly so far.

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

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    2.0

    I Hope I Was Just Unlucky

    By Bob G

    from Midwest, USA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Capacity

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • Video

    Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

    We ordered these to replace three 1TB drives in our Drobo 5D. The first one installed in Bay 0...no problem, though the capacity did not increase. Drobo says you have to replace two to see a difference.
    Put the second one in Bay 1...failed; tried the third one...failed!!
    The Drobo diagnostic report showed "both drives have failed due to full timeouts," whatever that means.
    So they'll be on their way back to B&H tomorrow for an exchange. I hope we were just unlucky. The same model 1TB drives we've had in there for three years have worked flawlessly.
    One of the two stars is for 'benefit of the doubt.'

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

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    5.0

    Totally recommendable!

    By Neitan

    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Video

      Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

      What can I say? I bought it 2 months ago and working as expected. They are silent, fast, stable, the only way this product could be improved is if they give it for free!

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

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      5.0

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

      By wayne ware

      from Georgetown ttx

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

        good solid drive - in my book WD is the best

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

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        5.0

        Great deal for a solid drive

        By Maria

        from Virginia

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup

          Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

          We have had no issues setting up this drive, and are more than happy with the performance. It was a great deal to bundle with a NAS server. Would buy again in a heartbeat.

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

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          3.0

          failed on first use

          By dejavu

          from WA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

              I purchased 4 drives and a DS415+ NAS box 2 weeks ago.

              The next day after I initialized the box and copied my data over it reported one drive was unplugged. I thought it was due to a loose bay so I replugged it (with shutdown and restart properly). The drive showed up again and I rebuilt the RAID 5 volume. It took roughly a day.

              The next day the same issue happened again. The same disk was reported unplugged. I thought it was some glitch of the NAS system. I replugged it and rebuilt the volume again. The drive showed up.

              And it was reported unplugged again. I talked to the NAS support and told them it was their hardware's problem, because SMART test reported no error and I have never seen a hard drive failing on the first day like this (I started playing with 500MB hard drives back in last century and have seen a lot). I was suggested to change the bay to see if it is the bay's problem or the drive's. So I switched two drives and rebuilt the volume for the 3rd time. All seemed ok again.

              And you know what, it turned out to be the drive's problem. The drive failed the same way as before but this time it was in a different bay.

              The drive is now being sent back to B&H for a replacement. I have no idea how WD does QA.

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

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              1.0

              Their warranty is non-existent

              By Max Smith

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                I am sorry but WD's warranty is a joke. Bought two brand new HDDs, one failed a few months after being in my RAID 1 NAS. Returned under warranty (had to pay for shipping) - got back a RECERTIFIED HDD. Which, of course, failed after 1 month and lost ALL data. Returned it again (had to pay for shipping) - again got a RECERTIFIED HDD which was simply DOA and could not start at all. So their "5 year warranty" is simply feeding you with faulty recertified HDDs until you run out of money for shipping them dead ones. Great idea, WD. Sorry, cannot trust you my data anymore. Going to your competitors.

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

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                5.0

                Works as advertised

                By John W

                from Plainfield, IN

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Large Projects
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                  I now have 4 of these drives and have been using one for over 2 years. These drives are excellent for using in a setup that houses movies for Plex, as I use them for. If I were to get rid of these drives, I'd only replace them with their Pro counterparts.

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

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                  5.0

                  Best Value for NAS drive

                  By RM

                  from Severna Park, MD

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Network Server

                    Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                    A trusted name and a product designed for network attached storage devices.

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

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                    3.0

                    Are they really good?

                    By Mark

                    from USA

                    Comments about WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                    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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                      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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                        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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                        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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                        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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                          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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                          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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                          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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                          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 WD 3TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD Retail Kit:

                            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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