Western Digital WD RED 3TB IntelliPower 64MB SATA 6Gb/s WD30EFRX
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Western Digital WD RED 3TB IntelliPower 64MB SATA 6Gb/s WD30EFRX Review
The Western Digital WD Red 3TB 64MB is a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) hard drive that is claimed to have the highest capacity compared to other Western Digital hard drives and it is ideal for home and small office data storage. It uses less power and has a good read speed for huge files.
This hard drive is installed very smoothly but it takes some time to complete. It is admirably quiet when it operates and it works fast. This produces less heat than the Seagate and vibration is never a problem. Although some users have bad things to say about this drive, some are lucky to get a good one. Most of the comments are related to its selling price. Compared to other hard drives on the market these days, this drive is pricier. However, prices seem to vary especially with all the price cuts that come unexpectedly.
On the other hand, when there’s a big price cut, stocks are limited. The external built of this drive is passable but somewhat heavy at the same time. It looks durable, unfortunately, failure rate seems higher that those of the competition. The warranty is 3 years but the RMA process is like that of others, time-consuming, expensive and not fast. However, Western Digital seems fast when answering inquiries online.
Similar to other drives, this one isn’t exempted from the Dead on Arrival scenarios. Some of them that have technical issues were able to escape the eyes of strict quality controllers and made their way for many customers. This is one of the reasons why some users use this drive not as primary but only as a secondary drive. Nevertheless, there are somewhat a big number of cases where this drive lasted for less than one day if not less than a week. Even replacements were found lacking in quality. Quality control is definitely under pressure.
One of the suspected culprits for defects is the improper packaging that results to shipment troubles and dissatisfied customers. It is a disappointment that some of these drives don’t function long enough to gauge how well it truly works. The specifications look great but their reliability is criticized. This, however, is considered as more compatible with NAS device instead of a computer. It seems that this hard drive doesn’t work well with the Western Digital’s own Network-attached storage (NAS).
Without defects and if it is working just fine, this hard drive has a lot of space and speed; however, still nothing spectacular, though. Installation seems easy according to those who got lucky receiving the unit working out of the box. Overall, the Western Digital WD Red 3TB 64MB is a fast worker if it functions out of the box.
There are cases of DOA and low quality control criticisms. It is however, a little pricey if without the price discounts, however, prices these days are going down and make most of the drives on the market these days more affordable than before. The minuses seem more than the pluses; therefore, a close inspection is needed before deciding to buy this drive.
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- The Western Digital WD RED 3TB IntelliPower 64MB SATA 6Gb/s WD30EFRX is manufactured by Western Digital and was added in December 2014 in the Internal Hard Disk Drives section
- This product has a rating of 3.8 out of 5
- The best price of the Western Digital WD RED 3TB IntelliPower 64MB SATA 6Gb/s WD30EFRX in Canada is $128.98 at Amazon Canada
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at Staples.ca, Amazon Canada