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Pros: The reviews were solid in favor of WD Red drives vs other brands
Cons: I ordered 3X3TB WD Red drives on March 1. As of today all three have failed and been returned for replacement. The replacement. I've gone through a nightmare of a month doing emergency backups and replacements. The drives act as a trio of FreeNAS ZFS RaidZ1 volume where the Raid can handle the failure of one, but not two drives, As soon as the first drive failed, (four hours after installation) I did not have a spare so immediately ordered a forth drive aand sent the failed drive back to Newegg for replacement. A month later the two remaining drives from my first order began to fail. That is when things got hectic. I am now returning these two drives to WD for replacement. Eventually I will have two spares. So I guess what I am saying is keep a few spares if you plan to use WD NAS drives.
Other Thoughts: This is my 3rd review of WD 3TB Red drives.
This same server has a trio of very old Seagate 500gb drives I scrounged up while putting this system together. THESE inexpensive commodity drives have been sailing along without a whimper. I'm glad I had this 2nd ZFS Raid1 installed as it acts as a backup for the Western Digital drives.
Pros: Don't have many compliments
Cons: I have a FreeNAS 9.1,2.1 file server with two volumes consisting of three drives each. I have had no difficulty with the three 500gb Seagate volume. The volume with three WD Red NAS drives confuses me. I have already replaced one that failed after only four hours. The console is now telling me to replace two more WD Red NAS drives.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Lots of good reviews from people in the home-made NAS world. Price is in my range.
Cons: After four hours of use, my FreeNAS box showed that a WD NAS drive had failed. I did everything possible to determine if my cables or PS or MB were at fault. Yes, there are folks who have had a similar experience but I have had such good luck over the years that I was totally surprised. I will continue to buy WD NAS hdds and will chalk this up to experience.
Other Thoughts: My FreeNAS has two RAIDZ1 volumes (100% Newegg). One is a volume of three Seagate 500gb and the other is a volume of three WD Red 3TB hard drives. In the 11 years I have been using Newegg I think I have had to return something only three times. Buy the way, my Seagates commodity drives are all at least four or five years old, have had plenty of use and are performing perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW