3.5-inch Stories April 20, 2015

expiredWestern Digital Red 5TB 3.5-inch NAS Hard Drive $190 shipped (Orig. $250), more

Today only, Newegg has the WD Red 5TB NAS 3.5-inch Hard Drive (WD50EFRX) for $189.99 shipped. That’s $60 under the original $250 price tag, $30+ below Amazon, the best price we can find and the lowest price we have seen on a single 5TB Red drive.

WD’s Red drives feature IntelliPower and are widely considered to be among one of the best choices for NAS use. They are also quite popular among Amazon users with a 4.5/5 star rating from over 2,200 customers.

Features:

  • WD Red is the only drive specifically designed for NAS systems with 1 to 8 bays.
  • Extensively tested for compatibility with top NAS manufacturers.
  • Engineered for 24/7 operation and reliability.
  • WD NASWare technology enables seamless integration with balanced performance.
  • 3 year limited warranty.

Synology makes some of our favorite NAS solutions, and today we spotted the DiskStation 1-Bay Network Attached Storage Drive (DS115J) for $99 shipped on both Amazon and B&H. That’s anywhere from $9 to $50 under the next best listings. The DS115J can be a great starter drive or a spare NAS option for the office. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

More on the WD Red 5TB:

WD Red just got bigger Our formula of success has led to the growth of WD Red into the highest capacities possible. Available up to 6 TB, WD offers an even broader, more comprehensive portfolio of NAS solutions for our customers spanning from a total of 1 to 16 bays. The WD Red family just got bigger.

NASware grows to 3.0 Built off of our determination to deliver the best NAS experience, NASware 3.0 extends our promise by further optimizing WD Red for the NAS environment with added support for 6 to 8 NAS bays. WD Red now supports small NAS systems from 1 to 8 bays thanks to NASware 3.0, which further improves drive compatibility and reliability. At 48 TB of total capacity in an 8 bay system, WD Red really is a newer generation NAS experience.

Professional solutions Designed specifically with SMB customers in mind, the WD Red family has expanded with the addition of WD Red Pro, which is available for the 8 to 16 bay medium to large-scale NAS environments. With capacities up to 4 TB, WD Red Pro carries a 5-year limited warranty and was engineered to handle the increased workloads from your business.

3.5-inch Stories January 13, 2015

expiredDrobo 4-Bay USB 3.0 NAS Storage Array $230 shipped (Reg. $299)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the Drobo 4-Bay USB 3.0 NAS Array (DDR3A21) for $229.99 shipped. This is a savings of $70 off the regular price and Amazon’s current listing, as well as the lowest that we can currently find it. This NAS is rated 3.8/5 stars by 36 Amazon customers.

The Drobo DDR3A21 features a four-bay storage hot-swappable system with USB 3.0, battery backup memory and supports RAID. Additionally, this NAS four 3.5-inch SATA hard drives for up to 24TB of storage and is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.

Pack this NAS full of TBs with the highly-rated WD Red 6TB 3.5-inch hard drive for $266 each. These hard drives are designed specifically for use with NAS backup solutions and include a three-year limited warranty.

3.5-inch Stories January 8, 2015

expiredThree-pack Western Digital 3TB 3.5-inch Red NAS hard drives: $300 shipped (orig. $600)

Today only, as its Shell Shocker deal, Newegg is offering a 3-pack of Western Digital Red 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache NAS Hard Drives (WD30EFRX) for $299.99 shipped. These drives were originally listed at $200 each, currently go for $114 on Amazon individually, and combined, are about $15 under our previous lowest mention on a single 3TB model.

Specifically designed for use inside Network Attached Storage devices like those from Synology, QNAP and others, WD’s Red drives feature:

  • Capacity: 3 TB
  • Rotational Speed (RPM): IntelliPower
  • Microsoft operating systems prior to Vista, 32-bit operating systems, and Mac systems prior to OSX 10.4 may not support volumes greater than 2TB. To recognize the full capacity of this drive, you may need multiple partitions. Check with the manufacturer to verify your system’s compatibility.
  • Interface: SATA3
  • Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gb/s Buffer to Host (max); 145 MB/s Host to/from drive (typical)
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
  • Read/Write: 4.4 Watts
  • Standby: 0.6 Watt

They have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,800 Amazon customers.

More from WD:

WD Red NAS Storage NAS Hard Drive

The next generation of hard drives for home or small office network attached storage systems.

Next-generation experience Every component, line of code, and product decision was built on our passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience. The next generation of WD Red hard drives delivers on this promise with massive capacity and NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

Experienced in NAS With superior technology that is driven to impress, WD Red is a reflection of the most extensive NAS partner compatibility-testing list that is available on the market.* That means when you buy a NAS enclosure, you can trust that WD Red will be the most compatible drive available. Our pride is in our product and our vision is shared with our customers.

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3.5-inch Stories December 9, 2014

Seagate has entered the high capacity storage arms race today with its 8TB Archive 3.5-inch internal hard drive. What has previously cost nearly $1,000 can now be had in a TB matching package for $270 or roughly $.03 per gigabyte. Seagate is pushing down what was a nearly unreachable price point for consumers into a market where some backup options don’t get you nearly the storage for the money.

The Seagate Archive internal hard drive line will also be available in 6 and 5TB sizes as well, these drives are “engineered for 24×7 workloads of 180TB per year” and offer SATA performance of up to 6GB/s. While the average user may not have the need for a huge storage option like this, when utilizing partions into small chunks this would make a great backup option for multiple computer homes or small businesses.

If this of interest to you for your home or business setup, we recommend checking out an external inclosure for these types of drives that makes it more flexible solution to your storage. The Seagate Archive line of products will be available in January of 2015.

Head below for full specs from Seagate…

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