Western Digital launched the first NAS-specific 6 TB drive today. In expanding their Red portfolio, they have brought 6 TB drives suitable for 24x7 operation into the hands of home consumers. Some enterprise-specific 6 TB drives have been around since late last year. Today's introduction provides us an opportunity to see how the WD Red compares against those offerings. Read on for our evaluation of the currently available 6 TB drives suitable for NAS units.

Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off

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54 by Ganesh T S on 9/4/2013

Western Digital Updates Red NAS Drive Lineup with 4 TB and 2.5" Versions

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29 by Ganesh T S on 9/3/2013

QNAP Partners with ZyXEL for Affordable 10G NAS Solutions

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15 by Ganesh T S on 8/15/2013

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16 by Ganesh T S on 7/26/2013

Addonics Secure NAS R5 - A NAS / DAS Combo for the Security-Conscious

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4 by Ganesh T S on 6/29/2013

Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

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93 by Ganesh T S on 6/13/2013

Seagate Introduces NAS HDD: WD Red Gets a Competitor

Consumers looking to fill their SOHO / consumer NAS units with hard drives haven't had too many choices. Western Digital recognized early on that the dwindling HDD sales in...

46 by Ganesh T S on 6/11/2013

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9 by Ganesh T S on 6/7/2013

Broadcom Updates 802.11ac SoC Lineup with NAS-Friendly BCM5862x

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8 by Ganesh T S on 6/3/2013

Western Digital Launches RX4100 Rackmount SMB Storage Server

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3 by Ganesh T S on 5/30/2013

Synology Launches DS1813+ Quad-GbE 8-bay NAS

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16 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2013

Western Digital Launches WD Se Hard Drive Lineup for Datacenters and High-end NAS Units

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23 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2013

Synology Launches DS1513+ Quad-GbE 5-bay NAS

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6 by Ganesh T S on 5/14/2013

Synology's DS213j Targets Budget-Conscious Home NAS Market

Synology is one of the few NAS vendors to successfully pull through multiple units in our labs without any showstopper failures. The quality and breadth of the feature set...

12 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2013

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8 by Ganesh T S on 5/2/2013

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23 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2013

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1 by Ganesh T S on 4/8/2013

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7 by Ganesh T S on 3/23/2013

ReadyNAS 100, 300 and 500 Series Reboots Netgear's SMB NAS Lineup

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20 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2013

ioSafe N2: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS213

The emergence of the digital economy has brought to fore the importance of safeguarding electronic data. We have discussed the 3-2-1 data backup strategy before in the piece where...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

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