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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Western Digital Red 6TB and Red Pro 4TB Full Review - Bigger and Faster

07/23/2014 - 20:58

Introduction: *** NOTE *** In the preparation for this review, we noted abnormal behavior with the 6TB Red. After coordination with Western Digital, they replicated our results and will be issuing a firmware to correct the issue. We are publishing this...

Western Digital launches 6TB Red and 4TB Red Pro - with a configuration issue

07/23/2014 - 17:21

Western Digital has extended its Red line with 5 and 6TB models, sporting 1.2TB per platter. Performance is expected to be slightly improved over the older / smaller capacities of the Red. The upgraded line will use an improved 'NASware 3.0'...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Thoughts

07/18/2014 - 16:16

Conclusion: PROS: Outstanding performance from the Red Pro line, on-par with enterprise units. Quiet, vibration free operation. Great sequential read and write speeds. Supported in 8-bay (Red) and 16-bay (Red Pro) configurations. 3-Year (Red) / 5-year (...


07/18/2014 - 16:15

YAPT (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...

IOMeter - Average Transaction Time (rev 1)

07/18/2014 - 16:13

Some notes for interpreting results: Times measured at QD=1 can serve as a more 'real' value of seek time. A 'flatter' line means that drive will scale better and ramp up its IOPS when hit with multiple requests simultaneously. [inline:...

IOMeter - IOps

07/18/2014 - 16:11

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and announced at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) on February 17, 1998 - since then it got wide...

PCMark Vantage and 7

07/18/2014 - 16:09

For trace based testing, we are replacing the outdated PCMark 05 results with a pair of newer versions of the same. PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 results will be included moving forward. We are also running PCMark 8 on samples as we receive them, however...

HDTune Pro

07/18/2014 - 16:03

HDTune tests a similar level of features that HDTach does, but with a slightly different access pattern and thus can provide us with an additional set of benchmark numbers to compare between storage configurations. Here we can get the minimum, maximum...

PCPer File Copy Test

07/18/2014 - 16:01

Our custom PCPer-FC test does some fairly simple file creation and copy routines in order to test the storage system for speed.  The script creates a set of files of varying sizes, times the creation process, then copies the same files to another...

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

07/18/2014 - 13:35

Internals I won't be breaking into the clean-space of these new drives, but here's a peek under the PCBs: [inline:files/review/2014-07-18/20140715-195649.jpg] A closer look at the 6TB Red: [inline:files/review/2014-07-18/20140715-195731.jpg] ......