Western Digital announced the new Red series of hard drives, specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) system with one to five drives. Optimized for power and performance, the Red, joining the Blue, Green and Black line, comes in 3.5-inch form factor and in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities. The hard drives use SATA III 6Gbps interface and have 64MB cache memory.
The WD Red features NASware technology, and 3D Active Balance Plus balance control technology to improve overall drive performance and reliability. According to WD, the NASware features built-in compatibility with the ATA Streaming Feature Set which is important for AV storage applications, monitoring and measuring of drive performance via the SMART command set, optimized seek and power management support.
The WD Red 1TB drive (model: WD10EFRX) is priced at $109.00, the 2TB drive (model: WD20EFRX) at$139.00 and the 3TB drive (model: WD30EFRX) at $189.00.