Western Digital has announced the release of new, higher-density hard drives in the WD Red series that are intended for use in consumer-grade network-attached storage (NAS) systems.The new 6 TB Red drive from Western Digital is a five-platter design at 1.2 TB per platter, intended for use in NAS systems. The 6 TB version retails at $299, with a 5 TB variant at $249. It spins at either 5,400 RPM or 5,900 RPM, and as per standard, has a 64 MB cache and 6Gbit/s SATA interface. These drives use Western Digital’s NASware 3.0, which the press release indicates allows the new series of drives to be used in “eight bay NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.”Versions of this drive sans NASware technology intended for use in consumer desktop PCs or as single-disk external drives will again be badged as WD Green, and will be available later this year.The new WD Red drives represent the usual step forward in the development of platter hard drives — a simple increase in the areal density of the platters in the drive. That is to say, the new generation of WD Red drives does not rely on particularly novel engineering — this… Read full this story
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