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Posted 04 January 2014 - 00:13
Posted 04 January 2014 - 00:16
No, the WD Black drives are not designed for NAS usage. The WD Red is designed for NAS usage, and is highly regarded. I have 2 WD Red's in a Synology DS-213, and both have been excellent so far (though it's only been 1 year of 24/7 usage)
Posted 04 January 2014 - 00:33
Posted 04 January 2014 - 00:45
I have used many WD Red drives. For my personal use, I have 4 of the 3TB models in a RAID5 array. Initially, I ordered 3 of them at once, and 1 came DOA. Newegg at the time was having a large amount of reported failures with the drives, and when I returned mine they claimed it was my fault, and when I pointed out the amount of reviews left about DOA drives they agreed to replace mine. The replacement worked great, and the 4th drive I ordered also worked great.
I believe there had to have been a large bad batch of drives because there were so many user feedback complaints on Newegg, but as long as you didn't get one of those they seem to be excellent drives.
If you want a premium drive, get one of the RE series drives. Whatever you do, RAID is not a backup so keep regular backups of anything you can't do without.
Posted 04 January 2014 - 00:47
I would also personally recommend RAID 10 for large drive arrays. It's more reliable and has better performance.
Posted 04 January 2014 - 16:33