Western Digital Introduces 6 TB WD Red HDD

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thechief73

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Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Western Digital artificially remove TLER from all their drives firmware to create the Red line-up and the demand for such a drive? I know the Red's bring other features to the table as well, but that doesn't justify handicapping the other models.
 

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Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Western Digital artificially remove TLER from all their drives firmware to create the Red line-up and the demand for such a drive? I know the Red's bring other features to the table as well, but that doesn't justify handicapping the other models.
Which is why I no longer buy their drives. They have Green, Blue, Red, Purple, Black, and Velociraptor. there is no need for one company to flood the market with so many drives for no reason. People use to be able to buy the WD green drives and use them in RAID until WD decided to make the head parking time every 2 minutes then release a Red drive for more money with a longer head parking time.
 

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I personally don't have a problem with Western Digital producing different type of drives. However, I do agree that there are too many variants available. I've been using the 3TB reds for several months and never had a problem with them in my FreeNAS as I know they are made specifically for that purpose. Biggest difference with the reds not only with TLER but also low power and low heat for 24/7 operation. Complain about higher price? Think how much a true SAS enterprise class hard drive cost? It's overkill for small business and home so the reds fit the bill just fine.
 

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The 5TB and 6TB WD's use helium like Hitachi?

Now please up the capacity for the Scorpio Blue and Black mobile drives. 750GB @ 7200RPM is beat by the Travelstar 7K1000 and make a hybrid option (not the black^2 drive)
 

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I was about to start replacing older drives with 4tb Reds, looks like I may now use 6tb ones instead, assuming the UK price isn't too inflated of course. Next stop, 24tb porn drive… =D
 

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If anyone wants to know, according to Storage Review, the 6TB uses 5 1.2TB platters so it looks like finally we are going beyond 1TB/platter. 5 platters so I doubt it uses Helium.
SMR for the density or hopefully not?

awaiting new mobile drives
 
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