Best WD Red 8TB Black Friday Deals 2020

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In terms of burning your important data, almost always there is a disagreement for more space. Having large capacity drives enables you to make full backups of varied PCs, together with safely store large sums of files – particularly important if you are a professional photographer, for instance.

Even home users will dsicover the selling point of large capacity hard disks, because of our habit of taking photographs with this smartphones of everything that moves. If you are using hard disks in a RAID array that mirrors data across hard disks (needed for data redundancy in the event of any errors or failures), then large capacities are also welcome, as you’re essentially halving the capacities you’ve bought (two 4GB hard disks is only going to give your 4GB of space in RAID 1, instead of 8GB, for instance).

That is why we’re so very happy to see hard drives, including the WD Red, can be found in large capacities. The WD Red, and the version we’re reviewing, will come in capacities up to 8TB, while still remaining the same size and condition as other 3.5-inch hard disks.

If 8TB appears like a whole lot of data to rely upon one hard disk drive (and you do not fancy or cannot afford another one for mirroring), then your very good news is that Western Digital has packed the WD Red with NAS-specific features which make it trustworthy as a backup solution for your house or work network.

Features and Specifications
The headline feature of the WD Red 8TB drive is its large capacity, that used to max out at 6TB. The upsurge in space is because of WD’s HelioSeal technology, which uses helium rather than air within the hard disk drive case. As helium is lighter than air, there’s less resistance when the hard disk drive is moving, which will make it run raster, and hard disk drive manufacturers can easily fit into more platters to improve the capacity of the drive.

The WD Red 8TB also includes WD’s NASWare 3.0 firmware, that allows the WD Red 8TB to be installed in NAS devices with up to 8-bays. Eight bays will be a lot of hard disks, and that many hard disks can cause a whole lot of heat and vibration when running, which explains why WD has been at pains to lessen the energy consumption, heat and vibration of the WD Red hard disk drive.

The WD Red 8TB uses helium rather than air in its body to lessen drag when the disk is spinning
It can also handle being constantly used, and includes RAID error recovery control which can help put your mind relaxed when storing your computer data on the drive. The mean time taken between failures (MTBF) of the WD Red 8TB is 1 million hours, so failures ought to be pretty rare. This can be of some comfort to persons cautious with WD, as Western Digital hard disks (especially 2TB capacities) have notoriously high failure rates. A three year warrantee goes a way to assuage fears, but WD has its work cut out for this if it really wants to regain customers who eye its hard disks with suspicion.

WD also boasts that the “WD Red may be the most compatible drive designed for NAS enclosures”, and even though we’ve never really had a problem with NAS compatibility before with hard disks, Western Digital’s close relationship with NAS device manufacturers will certainly have helped here. Affirmed, we installed two WD Red 8TB drives in a QNAP TS-251A NAS bay, and after formatting and installing the NAS software, they performed without problem.

The WD Red 8TB has a SATA 6GB/s interface and 128MB cache. That is twice the cache of the 6TB and under WD Red units. In addition to 8TB and 6TB, you can aquire 5TB, 4TB, 3TB, 2TB, 1TB and 750GB capacities.

All sizes run at 5400 RPM, which is somewhat of a disappointment when Seagate’s IronWolf NAS drives can spin up to 7200 RPM. The trade-off of speed is that vibration, noise and energy consumption are reduced. The WD Red 8TB sells for £300 ($325, around AU$500), that is a fair bit cheaper compared to the IronWolf 10TB hard disk drive, which costs £400 ($448.99, around AU$678).

May be the extra 2TB of space for storage and RPM increase worth the purchase price hike? Which will be your call, but if you are filling a multi-bay NAS with these drives that price difference will soon accumulate.

Performance
The specifications of the WD Red 8TB indicate a difficult drive that values dependability over speed, but does the performance of the drive back up this impression? We ran several benchmarks to see.

For starters we put the WD Red 8TB through its paces with the CrystalDiskMark benchmark, which recorded sequential read speeds of 185MB/s and write speeds of 185.4MB/s. These results show just what a difference 5400RPM vs 7200 RPM makes, as the IronWolf 10TB hard disk drive (which spins faster) recorded a lot more impressive times of 250.2MB/s read and 229.2MB/s write.

If you’re buying drive that may quickly copy and move files, Seagate’s offering is apparently a lot more compelling. The ATTO benchmarks, which tests the drive’s read and write speeds by using a group of increasing file sizes, noted scores of 184MB/s read and 176MB/s write, again below the IronWolf 10TB’s scores.

While speeds of 185MB/s are slower compared to the IronWolf, there’s still pretty impressive speeds for a difficult drive, so don’t discount the WD Red 8TB because you’re worried file transfers will slow to a crawl. Inside our real life tests we transferred a 6.5GB file to the WD Red 8TB, which completed the duty in an impressive about a minute and 38 seconds, with the average speed of 85MB/s. This proves that the WD Red 8TB continues to be a great selection of hard disk drive for transferring huge amounts of data quickly, regardless if it falls short of the IronWolf’s achievements.

A very important factor the WD Red 8TB had choosing it when compared to IronWolf 10TB is that it operates far more quietly under load, with the WD Red being almost silent when used, whereas the IronWolf is more audible when it works hard.

As the WD Red’s ‘3D Active Balance Plus’ feature, made to reduce noise, could possibly be pulling its weight, the slower RPM drive may also naturally lower vibration and noise. In conjunction with the energy conservation features, the WD Red is a difficult drive you can happily leave running night and day with no concern.

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