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Western Digital Red 10TB SATA3

Hard Drive

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Background on Hard Disk Drives

Traditional hard drives operate by storing data on one or more spinning metal disks, called platters. The more platters there are in a drive, and the more data that can be crammed onto each platter, is what determines the overall storage capacity of a given hard drive. Having more platters also tends to mean louder drives, though rotational speed affects that as well. Rotational speed also impacts the drive's performance: if platters spin faster the drive can reach data in different areas more quickly and read or write more information per second.

The alternative to hard drives is solid state drives, which are many times faster but much more expensive for the same amount of capacity. The price gap is dropping over time, so SSDs are becoming more and more preferred for us. For performance, reliability, and noise reduction, SSDs are really the way to go.

Western Digital's Red line of hard drives are a combination of the lower power and low noise features of the Green series along with the 24/7 operation and longevity of the RE series. They are not the fastest drives, but are built for use in storage servers and other always-on systems that need large drive capacity - making them a perfect choice for NAS units, home servers, and RAID configurations.

We have an article where you can read about the differences between the Red and Green series in more depth here.
Jon Bach (President)
Jon Bach (President) Says:
Fun fact -- the first platter drive was by IBM in 1956. It was 5MB, cost $50,000 and was the size of two refrigerators. If this drive had that same price and density, it would cost $10B, and would be the size of the USA, and tall enough to knock all of our satellites out of orbit.
Model: Western Digital WD100EFAX

Capacity  10000 GB
Rotation Speed  5400 rpm
Interface  SATA 6 Gb/s
Cache Size  256 MB
Form Factor  3.5 Inch
Idle Noise  20 dB
Seek Noise  29 dB
Command Queueing  NCQ
Peak Power Draw  5.7 Watts
Large Drive Mounting  Yes
Sequential Read  210 MB/s
Sequential Write  210 MB/s


3 Years

Configure a quiet custom PC with the Western Digital Red 10TB SATA3.