What is the difference between the WD Colours – Blue, Red, Black, Green, Purple, Gold – 2017

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What is the difference between the WD Colours – Blue, Red, Black, Green, Purple, Gold – 2017

 

Understanding the difference between WD Blue, Red, Black, Green, Purple and Gold Hard Drives https://www.span.com/search/WD_space_…

The WD Blue Hard Drive for Basic Desktop Use

WD Blue 2.5 InchWe start with the most cost effective and budget drive of all, the WD Blue HDD series. These are designed with low level access and long term use in mind. Once these would have been recommended for use for your operating system inside a non mission-critical PC (general browsing etc), but now with the inexpensive of SSD in 128-512GB and it becoming ideal for your operating system, start up and primary apps, the WB Blue hard drive has been demoted to basic storage use. You should not use WD Blue in a RAID and is cheifly designed for everyday storage needs where Read and Write speeds are not paramount.

WD60EZRZ 6TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM
WD50EZRZ 5TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM
WD40EZRZ 4TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM
WD30EZRZ 3TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM
WD20EZRZ 2TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM
WD10EZEX 1TB SATA 6Gb s 7200
WD5000AZRZ 500GB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM
WD2500AAKX 250GB SATA 6Gb s 7200

Possibly the most well know WD HDD Color we will talk about today, WD Red is the Drive you need for your NAS Server. If you are looking at buying a brand new Synology NAS for your home or a beefed up QNAP NAS for your business, then it is paramount you get HDD Media that is designed to not only be ready for sporadic and irregular read and write (as your access to the NAS Server will differ constantly) but also Hard Disk media that is designed to be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this environment, a WD Blue is just no longer suited and though will perfect the job, will do so much slower and is susceptible to errors and potential HDD Failure.

Standard WD Red NAS HDD

WD80EFZX 8TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 128MB
WD60EFRX 6TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD50EFRX 5TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD40EFRX 4TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD30EFRX 3TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD20EFRX 2TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 64MB
WD10JFCX 1TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 16MB

(All are Dedicated 7200RPM)

WD8001FFWX 8TB SATA 6Gb s 128MB
WD6001FFWX 6TB SATA 6Gb s 128MB
WD5001FFWX 5TB SATA 6Gb s 128MB
WD4001FFSX 4TB SATA 6Gb s 64MB
WD3001FFSX 3TB SATA 6Gb s 64MB

WD Black 2.5 InchAnother Hard Drive type that those with a background in PC building and Photo Editing will be aware of. WD Black HDD are designed for high performance Hard Disk media use. If you require large capacity HDD for your files for editing, or in a large scale Direct Attached Storage (DAS) enclosure, then the WD Black series will more than likely be the drive for you. They are seen as the drive of choice of large scale media editors due to their balance of large capacity vs access speeds.of course, you will get faster speeds from using an SSD but you shouldn’t really RAID SSDs beyond a RAID 0 or RAID 1 and moreover the price per GB of an SSD is subtantially higher than that of a WD Black Drive. With a dedicated 7200 RPM, 128MB Cache and 5 Year warranty, the western digital black drive is the choice for those that was reliability, speed and long-term piece of mind.

WD6001FZWX 6TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB
WD5001FZWX 5TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB
WD4003FZEX 4TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB
WD1003FZEX 1TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 64MB

WD Purple 3.5 Inch SurveillanceReleased only a few years ago, the WD Purple HDD series is designed for Surveillance requirements. You might think that when using multiple IP or Cable Surveillance cameras in the home, office or retail sector, that you should only really think about the quality of hte cameras. This is sort of true – the better the camera, the more features and better recording. However if will all come to nothing if the Hard Drive media you are writing to is unsuitable.

WD80PUZX 8TB SATA 6Gb s 5400RPM 128MB
WD60PURX 6TB SATA 6Gb s IntelliPower 64MB
WD40PURX 4TB SATA 6Gb s IntelliPower 64MB
WD30PURX 3TB SATA 6Gb s IntelliPower 64MB
WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6Gb s IntelliPower 64MB

WD6NPURX 6TB SATA 6Gb s IntelliPower 64MB
WD4NPURX 4TB SATA 6Gb s IntelliPower 64MB

They arrive with a much more rugged, long term chassis design as they will be HEAVILY used! To back up this level of use, WD provide a 5 Year warranty on these drives. Also, it is well known that Data Centers get through drives much quicker than most HDD Media environments and though the WD Gold Series (available in both SATA and SAS) are more expensive than most hard drives, this cost will pale into comparison to if you filled your data center with WD Blue or WD Green drives and they required replacement more often

WD101KRYZ 10TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 256MB
WD8002FRYZ 8TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB
WD6002FRYZ 6TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB
WD4002FYYZ 4TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB
WD2005FBYZ 2TB SATA 6Gb s 7200 128MB

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