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ASUS RT-N53 Dual Band Wireless N600 SOHO Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, Fast Ethernet, 5 Guest SSID, Parental Access Time control to Each User
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Sleek design and stays cool. Love the Gbit ports and I use the stock firmware (not DD-WRT).

Cons: Just stops accepting traffic 2x per week. For what I use it for it's OK but man since this is a recurring pattern with this device the leadership and management in ASUS should be retrained on how to develop a product that should run 24x7 w/o a hiccup.

WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Update from 4/26/2014 3:08:44 AM 07/15/2014

This review is from: WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" NAS Internal Hard Drive - Bulk

Pros: This is an update from my 4/26 review. My NAS cluster is humming along smoothe. I have a Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB, a WD RED 2TB and a WD RED 4TB in a Ubuntu & DRBD configuration. So raw capacity of the cluster is effectively 8TB in an active/passive configuration.

Never had a problem with the Ultrastars; Hitachi doesn't even KNOW my name (knock on wood).

WD does know who I am but nonetheless I am pleased with how I got here.

The WD RED drives perform well and to my satisfaction. There is a slight performance hit with the REDs compared to the Ultrastar but this was expected; my clients do not see it at all and the power drain is much less. The Ultrastars are much more expensive.

Cons: Other people have had worse situations than I have had so hopefully as the product quality and supply chain matures WD enters into the sweet spot with these drives.

Other Thoughts: 4 eggs still warranted as far as I am concerned to show some solidarity to the community of RED users out there.

My suggestion to everyone is that if you get a drive that is DOA, use WDC's RMA process immediately. This way you take at least one middle-man out of the supply chain in terms of getting your replacement.

WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Everything people have said already. Mostly I purchased this due to WDC's reputation. I will typically purchase Hitachi drives because they tend to last much longer than the competition. But their drives at 4TB are more expensive. I also have WDC's 2TB NAS drive and they work well after 6 mos.

Cons: I ordered 2 drives a few days ago. Newegg shipp them the same day.

The first drive was DOA - HUGE CLICKING when I booted and it didn't go well from there. The second drive didn't have this problem and the short SMART test was successful. I started a long test and am hopeful.

Other Thoughts: The DOA saga continues. The drives were packed OK by Newegg so I cannot explain by one was DOA. The serial number of the DOA drive was 6800 units smaller than the working drive so maybe there was a bad batch or the drive was knocked around on it's way to Newegg. Impossible to be sure.

So-as not to run into a DOA scenario again I went forward with an advanced shipment RMA from WDC support. I don't mind the hold on my card at all and I purchased a UPS shipping label off WDC's site for $6.50 so I can deal with the administrative overhead.

Knocked an egg off since Newegg has not yet solved this dilemma.


Mark W.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark W.

Date Joined: 06/19/04

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 12/23/06
  • Last Review: 09/01/14
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