With the amount of videos and pictures we’ve got these days, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a must. Even more crucial, is a hard drive with a whopping huge capacity. Obviously Western Digital (WD) thinks so too as they’ve recently unveiled their new Red drives complete with bigger and better capacities here in Malaysia.
How big you ask? How about up to a whopping 6TB. Yep you read that right, 6TB of storage goodness, that’s more than enough space for MOST general consumers to store their pictures and collection of (cough…porn) videos. The two new drive capacities (5TB and 6TB) aren’t the only improvements the Red drives are getting. As some of you might know, WD’s line of Red drives are specifically designed for NAS usage. So WD has also bumped up their NASware tech to version 3.0. This not only improves the drives reliability and system performance, but it also allows you to chuck in up to eight of these drives into a compatible NAS and still have no negative impact in performance.
Eight bays still not enough? Then there’s also WD’s Red Pro line that’ll allow you to chuck up to 16 drives into a compatible NAS. The thing is, the WD Red Pro drive only go up to a maximum of 4TB capacities. Honestly though, we’re still trying to wrap our head around 48TB of storage what more 64TBs.
So how much of a dent are these new drives going to do to your wallet? The WD Red 5TB and 6TB drives will be going for RM819 and RM989 respectively. And if you’re nuts enough to need up to 16 of the WD Red Pros, the 2TB version will cost you RM529, RM659 for the 3TB version and RM859 for the 4TB version. All drives are already available at select retailers so you can go ahead and bump up your NAS capacities now.