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Reddit mentions of WD Red 3TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, CMR, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD30EFRX (Old Version)

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We found 48 Reddit mentions of WD Red 3TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, CMR, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD30EFRX (Old Version). Here are the top ones.

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Found 48 comments on WD Red 3TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, CMR, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD30EFRX (Old Version):

u/theyareAs · 12 pointsr/audioengineering

Just got myself a Drobo and a pair of 4 TB WD NAS Drives in a RAID 1.

Time machine back up of my laptop and separate back ups for movies/music/projects.

I haven't felt this secure since I was 2 years old.

u/Mike12344321 · 7 pointsr/DataHoarder

I recommend the DS414j stuffed with WD Red 3TB for price performace or WD Red 6TB for max storage.

This meets all your criteria:

  • ( 4*3TB=12TB or 4*6TB=24TB ) > 5TB.
  • DS414j supports RAID 5 or SHR, which both allow single disk hot swap redundancy and hot swap upgrade.
  • DS414j stuffed with WD Red 3TB comes to $844, $14 over your price range. If you really can't overbudget, I suggest going with 3 drives, or even non-nas drives.
  • Synology is Plug and Play.
  • Synology supports RAID 0,1,5,6,10,JBOD and SHR.
  • Yes, it's a file system :p It stores everything ever and probably streams it too.
  • Synology GUI is very comprehensive.
u/secils · 6 pointsr/DataHoarder

A QNAP nas like this one http://www.amazon.com/QNAP-TS-431-Personal-Mobile-Support/dp/B00O4DKAVS/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1458501449&sr=8-9&keywords=Qnap should be good, and it has just enough bays to accommodate your 4 3.5" drives, but if I were you I'd buy 4 WD Red 3TB drives http://www.amazon.com/Red-3TB-Hard-Disk-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458501721&sr=8-1&keywords=WD+red+3tb (3TB due to it being the lowest cost per GB) for a total cost of $700 for a reliable QNAP nas that can run plex filled with high quality drives. This also means that you can reduce power usage since the Mac mini is no longer needed 24/7. As long as you use a pc or raspberry pi, transcoding should rarely be needed, but the QNAP can handle a bit if it needs to. *EDIT /u/gnartung owns one of these and says that the QNAP CPU can't reliably be trusted, so take that into consideration.

u/TritiumNZlol · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yeah they missed the RG parts out.

I'd recommend pairing it with:
A wd red

And a wd green

So that you don't have anything that is not rgb.


u/kastang · 3 pointsr/DataHoarder

This isnt the most accurate resource, but according to CamelCamelCamel (Amazon price monitoring), most drives seem to go down almost steady overtime: WD RED 3TB, Seagate 4TB

u/descention · 3 pointsr/DataHoarder

Before ceph:
Two bay dns323 with raid1 and two 3TB disks. Power supply died recently.

With ceph:
I have one server, for now, with three 3TB disks and one SSD for the journal in a hotswap bay. I have ProxMox installed in the server and used that to manage ceph instead of ceph-deploy.

I created a ceph filesystem with one disk and mounted the raid to copy data to ceph. At this point my pool size is 1 (no replication) to allow a healthy state. My crush map is set to allow replication across disks instead of requiring replication across hosts. After the data was migrated, I added the other two disks to ceph and set the pool size to 2 for replication (raid5 equivalent?). It took some time for the data (~1.5TB) to balance out over the disks. I now mount ceph via fuse on my virtual machines. Still figuring out how to automount on boot as there's a bug in my installed version.

I've had some help in understanding how to set this up. I did some initial testing using manual deployment, ceph-deploy, and then proxmox; scrapping my progress each time till I learned how each worked.

I had some trouble using rbd images for my end use. During testing I created a 1TB image, mounted it in opemMediaVault, put a filesystem on it, and shared that to my network. I then ran into the issue or resizing. Expanding the image is easy, expanding the filesystem while it was mounted was not easy. I wanted something I could add more disk or another server to and have more space instantly. I wanted to get rid of doing data migrations to larger disk pools.

u/domdomegg · 3 pointsr/buildapcsalesuk

Actually cheaper to buy 2x3TB, and in stock, but does take up 2x the space:

3TB @ £84.97 (Also 2.76p/GB)

u/kabbage123 · 3 pointsr/videography

On my editing machine, I have a 1TB Samsung Evo Pro as my 'work drive' which houses my active projects. I used to use a cheaper Sandisk drive but it gets so much stress that I kept burning them out.

I keep my OS and programs on a separate 248GB Samsung Evo Pro, and I also have a cheapo 128GB SSD for a cache disk.

I then keep a 'hot storage' archive which is a RAID'ed NAS with 8 x 4TB WD RED drives. I use the Synology DS1815+ which has been incredible.

Every 4 months, I back everything up on cold (i.e. uninstalled) 8TB RED drives. Down the line I'll probably offload the 4TBs and use the existing 8TBs as part of a RAID array.

I really try not to use my RAID for editing unless I'm in a real jam. It works fine actually, I just don't like to put unnecessary stress on it.

My archive system is worth more than my two main cameras, but it completely makes sense to me to invest in a bulletproof archival system.

u/veepeedeepee · 3 pointsr/VideoEditing

You'll pay quite a lot for Thunderbolt, but unless you're using SSDs, the drive's read/write speed will be the bottleneck.

Instead of dumping a lot of money into Thunderbolt, I'd look into building a RAID yourself with a drive enclosure and a few 3.5" hard drives. I recently built a RAID1 for backup (and occasionally to edit to/from) using this enclosure (uses USB3 or eSATA) and two of these 3TB drives.

Overall, I'm very happy with the read/write speeds. I'm usually editing 1080 ProRes 422 video, and it's plenty fast for that.

All for roughly $200 less than a Thunderbolt drive. ($308)

u/Xinil · 3 pointsr/buildapc

No recommendations for the WD Red?

u/willglynn · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yeah, but… 3TB Reds are $114 elsewhere.

Drive | Price | $/GB
WD10EFRX | $65 | $0.0650
WD20EFRX | $94 | $0.0470
WD30EFRX | $109 | $0.0363
WD40EFRX | $154 | $0.0385
WD50EFRX | $179 | $0.0358
WD60EFRX | $249 | $0.0415

Drive bays aren't free, but even if they were, I don't see any reason to buy the 2 TB drive over either the 4 TB here (good catch!) or the 3 TB drives from any seller.

u/mirkalieve · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Confirming. Indeed $109.99 after Promo, which matches the all-time low for Amazon back in December.

Seems like a good deal. If I were building my HTPC/Fileserver, I'd probably snatch these up. Or perhaps grab some greens and change out the idle settings, according to what some people have written?

u/SRSR333 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here you go:

| Component | Detail/Link | Price Link |
| :-- | :-- | :-- |
| Motherboard | ASRock Rack E3C236D2I | US$239.99 @ Newegg |
| CPU | Intel Pentium G4500 | US$77.38 @ Amazon |
| RAM | Kingston ValueRAM 16GB 2133 MHz DDR4 ECC UDIMM | US$75.99 @ Amazon |
| OS drive | SanDisk Cruzer Blade 16 GB USB 2.0 flash drive | US$4.05 (purchased locally) |
| Data drives | 2x WD Red 3 TB 5400 RPM HDDs | US$109.00 each @ Amazon |
| PSU | Corsair SF 450 SFX Fully-modular 80-PLUS Gold PSU | US$89.99 @ Amazon |
| Case | Fractal Design Node 304 | US$94.17 (purchased locally)
| OS | FreeNAS 9.10-RELEASE | Free |
| Total | ~ | US$799.57 |

u/iammagicmike · 2 pointsr/usenet

I have the following hardware setup

u/firsthour · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I think NAS is the way to go, but also with offsite backup.

You could create a RAID-Z2/RAID 6 NAS which would allow for two drives to fail locally, but I would also recommend backing up routinely to some drives that you store offsite in case of something catastrophic happening at home. (fire, theft, etc.) Online backup may also work as others have suggested.

A UPS would be a must.

Looking at your budget:

You could start with three 3TB WD Red drives in RAID 5 configuration which would give you 6TB of useable space with no offsite backup.


That would come out to $450 which is certainly a sizable chunk of your budget, however, I run a NAS on this motherboard/CPU combo without a problem and that was about $100 two years ago. Add some RAM (8GB if you're going ZFS and planning for 5-10TB of storage), a low wattage but quality power supply, and a cheap case, and you're pretty much set.

I used to run FreeNAS 8 with ZFS pools but have since switched over to Ubuntu Server with ext4.

u/Kichigai · 2 pointsr/HomeServer

Well consider what you're paying for: you're not paying for just a box of parts, you're paying for everything that went into the design, testing, and refinement of the entire system.

You're paying for all the design work that went into laying the system out so it's as compact as possible without making it run too hot or making the fan run too loudly. And at the same time that design allows access to any component without any tools at all, coming apart in a very simple, intuitive, and modular way.

You're paying for the testing of how big a fan do they need to effectively cool something as powerful as a Xeon E3 without sounding like a jet engine (and whether or not a Xeon E3 was even reasonably cooled within these design parameters) and the strategic placement of temperature sensors to ensure no component was over-heating and nor were they generating too much noise over-cooling components running within acceptable parameters.

You're paying for all the system integration that went into making iLO a brain-dead easy to use system that, aside from replacing components, totally eliminates the need to ever physically touch the machine. A system that can stream an ISO across the network and make it appear to the machine itself, before the OS is even loaded, as if you have physically plugged a DVD drive into a SATA port. A system that, even though the entire rest of the machine is powered down, can still give you sensor read-outs and status reports, and then can turn the machine on and give you full access to a remote terminal that the machine believes isn't remote at all.

And then to top it off it comes with a full one year warranty, where if anything goes wrong you can simply hand the thing off to HPE and say "fix it." Or, hell, depending on the warranty terms and the nature of the problem you can even have a guy come right out to you and fix it on the spot.

And this has all been tested to run at full tilt, all cylinders firing, for twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty two weeks a year.

That's what $429 gets you. Now if that's not important to you, and it sounds like it isn't, then I'd say just go ahead and build one then. You'll get more power for less money and you can drop a bunch of features you'll probably never need, like ECC RAM (unless you decide to go FreeNAS, then ECC RAM is strongly recommended).

Just a word of warning about your budget, though: depending on how you want to handle storage the majority of your $500 budget is probably going to be eaten up by hard disks. If you're going to set up like a RAID5-like system you generally want to lean towards NAS/RAID drives because non-NAS drives handle read/write errors in a way that can make your whole system hang, and those'll set you back $100 per 3TB disk.

u/blyatmanAdidas · 2 pointsr/Piracy

/r/Datahoarder would probably give you the best answer.

I think you should go with the one that comes out cheaper if the money's tight. Bluray discs are pretty good but they use space if there's lots of them. Hard drives on the other hand, fail.

Long term storage hard drives are WD reds I think.

u/plooger · 2 pointsr/Tivo

> This is the hard drive often recommended for the Roamio.

See also: WD Red 3TB ... or any of the other sizes available.

u/Blockerville · 2 pointsr/buildapc

That hard drive is a good one for home applications, but since you mentioned RAID and 24/7 uptime, you might want to go with something like the WD Red.

As for the case, I believe the Cooler Master N200 is pretty good for the price.

As for the PSU, my personal opinion is that the Corsair CX430 should be just fine for this build (however, since you will be running this 24/7, I'm not exactly sure how reliable CX PSU's are. Someone else should probably second this recommendation.)

u/etcet · 2 pointsr/DataHoarder

Check out the different drive sizes on Amazon:
You'll see the 1, 2, and 3 say "NASware" on them and the 4GB says "NASware 2.0". They're all clearly marked as Red's so it looks like that alone is a good indicator of whether a drive is a Red or a Network.

u/scatteredloops · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It's mostly stuff for my daughter, like this Lego kit (though the Simpson's House is highest on the WANT list), as it's her birthday next month. She wants chapter books and Lego for her birthday, so I'll be looking around the shops here soon.

For me, it's a new harddrive as my I'm running out of room. I'm pretty sure that's the one I need.

u/AsassinX · 2 pointsr/freenas

I think your setup is overkill in some areas and cutting corners in others. You could save hundreds potentially by going for less RAM (yes, the more the better with ZFS but 32GB might not be needed for 12TB of usable space in a RaidZ2), smaller power supply, and different motherboard with less expensive processor that supports ECC (i3-4150) or the Atom 8-core. Check out the ASRock motherboards too.

Also, on Amazon WD Red are close to the price as you're paying for the Greens: http://www.amazon.com/WD-Red-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411515560&sr=8-1&keywords=wd+red+3tb IMO it's a no-brainer. Just get the reds.

u/PBI325 · 1 pointr/PleX

Synology DS412+ + 4x [3TB WD Red] (http://amzn.com/B008JJLW4M) hard drives. Just under $1000 pre-tax for 6-9TB usable space.

The Synology is stupid easy to set up, seriously. Even a beginner can get it going. Buy the NAS, insert the 4 drives, plug it in to power and your network, download the Synology Assistant, and you're on your way! The hardest part will be deciding on Raid 5 or Raid 6/Raid 10, that would take a while.

Honestly, please take a good hard look at a NAS unit to solve your problem here. Synology makes a great product that can grow with your needs. Direct attached storage units have a history of being horribly shitty and I would never trust my data to one of them. All in all, good luck! Head over to /r/DataHoarder as well and check out some of the more insane setups :)

u/Dr__Dreidel · 1 pointr/htpc

For the love of anything holy, don't use green. WD Red!

I used Green and it bit the dust just within the warranty period. I begged WD and got an upgrade to Black.

I now run Red in my NAS with a Crashplan backup.

u/Aturner44 · 1 pointr/HomeServer

There's a good deal on 3TB WD red...


4TB Seems to be going for £120

So £240 for 8TB/9TB

So maybe more like £400

You'll need case / mobo / CPU / psu

u/58845 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Gotcha, the warranty is a good thinking. I'll probably go with the WD drives as a result of that as I don't think the seagates I've seen come with even a year.

I can't even imagine 5TB. I'm currently upgrading from a 500GB it's taken me 2 years to fill up so I'm hoping this 3TB will last me a looonng time.

One final funny observation is that the amazon reviews are exponentially better. As in 75% reporting 5 stars. The only thing I can think is that amazon might package them better so there's far less DOAs.


u/tylerdoubleyou · 1 pointr/editors

Sorry to resurrect an old comment here, but I'm close to pulling the trigger on this and was hoping for a little more of your insight.

I'm planning on filling it with 4 of these set at RAID 5, giving me a usable storage of 9TB. They sacrfice speed for reliability, but I'm banking on RAID 5 making up some of that. What drives do you use, any positive or negative experiences? Have you ever had a failure and successful RAID rebuild?

Is this the eSata to Thunderbolt you use?

Thanks again.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/sysadmin


Its a combination of this (can cause the drives to get constantly kicked out of a RAID), and excessive head parking causing tremendous wear and tear on the drives.

I'd just buy the reds. I've seen the 2TB as low as $119, which is when I bought 4 for my media server. Turns out they are a few dollars less now.


u/dude_Im_hilarious · 1 pointr/htpc

I use FlexRaid to create a raid for my data - and I have a few Green drives but now I only use WD RED drives. They're supposed to be better at being in an array, now I'm not sure if it actually is better or marketing hype - but it makes me feel better.


u/EllP33 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

The WD Red looks to be this model:

that's a great deal!

u/SkyN3T24 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I've got a used-in great condition WD Red 3TB Internal 3.5" Hard Drive for only $65 shipped if ur interested. Link

u/TheFuzzball · 1 pointr/DataHoarder

If the drive is failed chuck it, it's not worth trying to recover a bad drive.

A 3TB Red costs about £100 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Desktop-Hard-Disk-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M.

If the other drives are good you've lucked out massively, 4 used reds are worth at least twice what you paid for the whole thing.

Maybe put the failed drive in an enclosure and run SMART tests on it for a day, see what comes up.

Make sure to RAID5 that thing, you don't want to lose all your data and end up like the guy that sold it.

u/Polaris2246 · 1 pointr/unRAID

My buddy and I each built unraid servers in the past month. He went higher specs with a Xeon e3-1250v3 and a higher end consumer motherboard. Hes going to get an AMD rx480 video card for it so he has a second gaming computer for anyone that comes over. 16 gigs of ecc RAM. I went more power efficient and bought a supermicro board with an Intel Avalon C2750 CPU. It's essentially a server Atom CPU. It uses 20watts and has eight cores and 16 gigs of ecc RAM too. The motherboard has the right features I wanted. ipmi built in, four nics and some other stuff. I was worried the CPU would be under powered by it packs plenty of power for my docker containers. Sonarr for auto TV downloading, couch potato, nextcloud server, web server, MySQL server, modded Minecraft server, crash plan backup server, and others. I barely eat up 30% CPU when everything is running and actually doing something. Idle is below 5%. I don't have Plex on it because my Nvidia shield does that. It's surprised me a lot how much power it has. If you want gaming, it's not for you but it is more than enough as a file server and the applications its running and plenty more.



SATA Controller Card (needed more sata ports than motherboard had)

Power Supply

[2x SSD for Cache/Pool set up]

5x WD Red 3TB

Better fans for case

Case (LOVE the case)

u/BornOnFeb2nd · 1 pointr/networking

I bought mine from Amazon, but the last time I bought any was ~6mo ago.

u/a1blank · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

ZFS and RaidZ were anticipated. I didn't realize that the greens weren't good. I suspect that the wd reds would be fine? Would it be OK to slowly upgrade from to the greens to the reds as the greens fail?

Have you found it to be plausible to use dual nics for better data delivery to the client devices?

How much of a performance hit would you think I might take if I skimped and got a cheaper cpu and mobo? Maybe something like this mobo and this cpu?

u/BionicSammich · 1 pointr/xboxone

Grab this or this and put it in this.

I have that GST drive in a Silver version of that Enclosure. The fan on the enclosure is absolutely dead silent, but can be turned off. I expected it to make some noise (hence why I picked this enclosure with a fan on/off switch) but it is so silent it makes no difference. Its drowned out by the HDD. The HGST does make some noise, so I wouldn't recommend it if you have your Xbox in your room and are a silence freak. I'd also recommend getting a longer USB 3.0 cable like this. I had a spare Amazon Basics USB 3.0 extender lying around so I used that. They are really good quality.

Also, both drives have a 3 year warranty and are designed to be used in a NAS (basically designed to be on most of the time and super reliable).

u/candrist · 1 pointr/HomeServer

Not turnkey, but a much better option than a QNAP or Synology.

Workstation: ~$300

Hard Drives: 6x$105=$630
WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD30EFRX https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008JJLW4M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_XyZ-BbKN4D314

OS: Free

Total: ~$1000

12TB Usable In raidz2 18TB Total.

In a 4-bay NAS the best you could do is raidz1/Raid 5. Raid 5 is worthless. Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009/

u/PinkyThePig · 1 pointr/sysadmin

Its hard to say. There are so many potential variables that could be affecting their speeds. My default stance would be that there is nothing limiting the drives as the average purchaser of these all in one NAS's aren't exactly the super tech savvy type. There also aren't any quality reviews for the lowend units in regards to performance. The vast majority of reviews out there focus on interface, ease of setup etc. with maybe a single test of read/write speeds with virtually no details on what they did to actually test it. It also doesn't help that a bunch of users are likely buying WD Reds and Greens which instead of stating an actual RPM speed it instead states on Amazon: Rotational Speed (RPM): IntelliPower so people may be buying drives thinking they are 7200 but are actually getting 5400 RPM etc.

The only quality benchmark I could find after 10-15 minutes of googling was this one: http://www.storagereview.com/synology_diskstation_ds214_review which shows sequential performance over the network at exactly what you would expect.

u/PricelessPersuader · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Tape is cheap if you have a drive in the first place and that's only for backup.

You can get 3tb nas drives for 109USD but any hard drive will do. Just playing a video off it is not going to need a lot of speed.

u/Nzy · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Yeh, going to 4 bays seems to quickly rocket up the price. All I'm going to be using it for is for downloading and uploading video files. I was considering getting this one:

ZyXEL NAS520 2 Bay Personal Cloud NAS Storage (1.2 GHz Dual-Core CPU)

with these 2:

WD 3 TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive

If I only ever really had 1 user connected at a time, does having a dual-core CPU matter much? I will be using the NAS basically just so I can access my files remotely when I feel like watching videos.

All the NAS I've seen have like 0.5GB or 1GB of memory, but you said 8?

u/PancakeEater101 · 1 pointr/mac

I don't like any of the suggestions here, buy this NAS and 2 of these drives and put them in RAID1 so you are protected against failure (Just make sure to do a backup, RAID is not a backup)

If you don't mind spending a little bit more, these drives are better quality

When you get more money and want to upgrade, you can buy a 4+ bay NAS and reuse those drives and add more or do whatever you want with them

The Zyxel NAS is cheap and good, with no stupid features that are worthless anyway

u/fotisdragon · 1 pointr/WeddingPhotography

I do believe that your uneducated guesses/assumptions are spot on, mainly because of personal experience.

In the photography store I work for, they have a RAID system that they use the [Red NAS WD HDDS] (https://www.amazon.co.uk/WD-RED-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M) inside. They are actually supposed to be built to actually be in a RAID system (NAS stands for Network Attached Storage), and I'd expect that they would be able to withstand those huge read/writes, but I've seen quite a few bite the dust (granted, after 2 years of continuous usage, but still, I was quite shocked at first)

That's probably why my external HDD snuffed it too...