WD Red 3TB NAS Desktop Hard Drive, SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

MX40404 Red 3TB NAS Desktop Hard Drive, SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
MX40404 Red 3TB NAS Desktop Hard Drive, SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

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Stay away

Submitted on Thursday, April 05, 2018
By Mike
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

None

Weaknesses of the product

Constantly fails.

Additional Comments

Built a new FreeNas system with 6 of these drives in it. Took all the standard precautions such as buying from different suppliers, stress testing the system ect... Within 6 months lost a drive. Replaced it, and while my array was rebuilding, lost another drive, causing me to lose my whole array. It was a good thing, this was a server that I was using for hard backup of my other nas, which has 3TB Seagate Ironwolf drives in it. I have had that server 3 years and never lost a drive. STAY AWAY!

Failed again

Submitted on Sunday, September 03, 2017
By Jimbojones
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

Ok price for the capacity and alleged 'better' durability

Weaknesses of the product

'better' durability is a joke. If the RED's are this bad, hate to see how quickly the run-of the-mill desktop versions last.

Additional Comments

Had to buy a 3rd drive since I already owned 2x like it in my NAS. Lasted 2 yrs and now I'm getting 'unrecoverable sector' errors. Yes there is warranty...but these drives should work flawlessly for 3-5 yrs under moderate use...and these were in a 2-person NAS that only acts as an archive/not streaming. Very disappointed considering that there were failures on the first drives also.

Great Product

Submitted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
By Roy
From Winnipeg

Strengths of the product

Good Price with good Performance.

Weaknesses of the product

Could be Cheaper, But Ehh...

Additional Comments

I have run the WD Red 3 TB drives since 2009. None of the 12 I own have failed and they are used frequently. Go WD RED Go.

haven't lost one yet

Submitted on Saturday, February 25, 2017
By Leland
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

TLER support (works with enterprise RAID controllers) Reliable like no other drive i have ever seen in the last 15 years Performance is excellent for a SATA disk (~140 - 150MB/s with on-disk cache) Price is consistent across the model family (~$50/TB)

Weaknesses of the product

Totally Subjective, but IntelliPower leaves a little to be desired if running in an array without WriteBack cache, the ramp-up time causes some latency for short writes. typical W/T performance ramps up after a few seconds (cumbersome when the Db server RAID controller battery fails ;) - but this is by no means WDs fault). I would prefer a realtime 7,200RPM IMHO.

Additional Comments

All in all, I have to say that I have been very impressed by the overall performance, value and reliability of these things. The first dozen of these I purchased were more of a test to see if these could take the place of 10/15K SAS drives in a large data array. Not only was the capacity requirement achieved with 1/4 of the spindle count, but also 1/4 the price. with over 60 of the 3TB 3.5" and 1TB 2.5" in front-line service for 3+ years. I have had ZERO failures or and only 1 NRRE logged.

constantly fails

Submitted on Sunday, January 22, 2017
By larry
From edmonton

Strengths of the product

Decent price, its not cheap either not sure if it has a strength.

Weaknesses of the product

Constantly fails in my NAS, i have 4 of th3se they go through my NAS like bullets through a Gatling Gun.

Additional Comments

Dont buy it, save yourself the headache and time wasting.

Great reliable fast

Submitted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Tyler
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

I use this in a desktop pc. The drive is fast and reliable so far

Weaknesses of the product

Head ticking is noticeably louder than other drives but still fine for me

Additional Comments

3 Years Running

Submitted on Wednesday, October 05, 2016
By Shane
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

Mine has been in a NAS for 3 years now and powered on for nearly that entire time. No issues at all with the drive.

Weaknesses of the product

Be sure that if you are using an older NAS enclosure that it supports 3TB drives. My Dlink DNS323 could not partition the drive without a custom firmware. This is not a problem with the drive but a general warning to make sure that the hardware and software you are using with it can support large HDD sizes.

Additional Comments

This drive has been a reliable workhorse for me. It is nearly full these days so I am looking to pair it with another in the near future. Rarely have had problems with WD drives.

3 in use for over 2.5 years.

Submitted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Brian M
From Winnipeg

Strengths of the product

No failures so far after a late 2013 install, good speed.

Weaknesses of the product

Additional Comments

Before installing ran about a days worth of "burn-in" tests to make sure the drives were fully functional - all 3 of the WD's passed. In total 6 drives with 2 drive redundancy in the FreeNAS box. They have been running 24/7 since installing with no errors so far (SMART check/test does run daily)

Why did I buy WD again?!?

Submitted on Friday, May 06, 2016
By Jimbojones
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

Ok performance

Weaknesses of the product

Failed 1 month after M.E. warranty and only saw periodic usage. Very disappointed....paid extra for a 'better' quality drive and turns out to be just as bad as the plain-jane WD's. Paying more for the 'Pro' version is just another way to gouge customers to pay more $ for the drive they should have gotten in the first place.

Additional Comments

Solid...so far

Submitted on Sunday, August 16, 2015
By Stephen A.
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

-Price (when on sale) -NAS specific -WD name

Weaknesses of the product

-Price (when not on sale) -Warranty (5 year is for the "Pro" version, not these which have only 3 years)

Additional Comments

I have had Green drives running in a Drobo FS NAS for almost 5 years without any failure. I just got a Synology DS1515+ NAS so figured I'd stick with WD and try out the new fangled Reds in that. I put in 3 and so far so good: no errors, quiet, good performance. Will get two more eventually to max the NAS bays out.