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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: NAS pulls SMART data successfully from drives
Drive speed moves from power-saving to performance with ease
Drives perform very quietly
Drive temperatures stay low and uniform

Cons: Different firmware (NASware 2.0) is limited to getting drives with the "right ship date" or upgrading yourself.

Other Thoughts: I purchased six 3TB WD REDs for a ReadyNAS Pro 6 in August 2013. I performed a factory reset on the NAS to properly format the drives and prep them for use. I had no issues with this process and was ready to rock. I opted to use all six drives in RAID-5, not RAID-6, to get 13.4TB usable, 10.8TB. This is because my NAS holds music, movies and TV shows, all of which can be (easily) downloaded again from the internet. I have a small 150GB share that I backup to the cloud separately, so I have little fear of losing important content.
The WD REDs have performed very well since installation. I pull SMART data from them on an hourly basis, and map the stats with MRTG. In the last six months, I have seen little variation between drives, and performance has been excellent. I run PLEX Media Server on the ReadyNAS and regularly transcode video to other computers on the LAN and to our iPad and Android phone over the internet. My only complaint was the difficulty with upgrade two drives to NASware 2.0 firmware (which is standard on the WBD 4TB RED). WD's forums have a few tips and tricks to get it done. I was unable to do the upgrade with WD's supplied tools, but I was able to do so with third-party software.

StarTech SATADOCK22UE eSATA USB to SATA External HDD Dock for Dual 2.5 or 3.5in Hard Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Dock is well-constructed
Simple to use
eSATA ports recognized at 3Gb/s in BIOS

Cons: None worth mentioning

Other Thoughts: I purchased two eSATA docks for my home PCs. One PC uses an extension cable from two internal SATA ports, converting to eSATA in a slot cover; the other PC uses a two-port eSATA PCIe card. I can drop drives into the dock and have them recognized in the OS with no issue. Performance is more than adequate, as I use the docks to duplicate drives with tools like Partition Magic and CloneZilla. I've recommended these to friends and coworkers and have been very satisfied.

New OEM Motorola Micro USB Data Charging Cable For Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid 3, Droid 4, Droid Razr, Droid Bionic, Droid X2, Droid Pro, ATRIX HD, Electrify M
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cable is sturdy
Ample plastic at connector ends

Cons: Cables have quite a "kink" from packaging

Other Thoughts: I purchased a pack of cables to use with both car chargers, wall outlet USB chargers and a laptop. My Motorola Droid Razr M, Bluetooth headset and various device all charge without issue. I'm pleasantly surprised that things work as expected!


Karl L.'s Profile

Display Name: Karl L.

Date Joined: 10/15/02

  • Reviews: 39
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 07/30/05
  • Last Review: 01/04/14
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