Written by Richard

What are the differences between WD drives?

Western Digital (WD) is a major manufacturer in the field of internal hard drives. WD developed a special disk for every usage situation. There are disks suitable for your NAS, for increasing the storage capacity on your desktop or laptop, or for storing surveillance images. WD has divided every type of disc into different colors. This way, you immediately know which one fits your device.

A WD drive for different usage situations

Red Red Pro Black Blue Purple Gold
Do you want a basic disk for daily use? Yes No No Yes No No
Do you want to use the disk day and night? Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Do you want to use the disk in a RAID setup? Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Do you want a big cache to quickly load files? No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Do you want a drive that can handle a high workload? No Yes No No Yes Yes
Do you want a disc with a 5-year warranty? No Yes Yes No No Yes

Which WD drive do you choose?

Are you sure which WD internal hard drive is right for you?

Save for your NAS

WD Red

The internal hard drives from the Red series are specially designed for NAS use. They work 24 hours a day in a RAID setup up with a maximum of 8 disks. In addition, they use less power so the temperature is lower and your drive lasts longer. Moreover, the 3D Active Balance Plus technology ensures your disc to vibrates less and be more quiet. Thanks to the error recovery control, your drive makes fewer writing errors if you use a RAID setup, so your data stays safe and undamaged.

Red Pro for your NAS

WD Red Pro

In addition to the Red series, WD also offers the more advanced Pro variant. The Red Pro is suitable for business use since it has extra functionalities. For example, it works together with 16 disks in a RAID setup. Which is 8 times as much as the normal Red version. In addition, extra shock sensors reduce vibration even better. WD grants an extra long 5-year warranty on Red Pro drives.

Blue for extra storage space of your desktop and laptop

WD Blue

The series of WD Blue internal hard disks are primarily suitable for expanding the storage capacity of your desktop or laptop. They are optimized for daily computer tasks, and to store of all kinds of files such as movies, videos, music, and other files. The NoTouch Ramp Load technology takes the writing head away from the disc surface when it is not in use, so your drive will wear less and last longer. If you get a new WD Blue drive, you can easily transfer your old data onto your new drive via the WD clone and backup software.

Black for powerful desktops and laptops

WD Black

WD offers the Black series is designed for gamers and creative professionals who regularly use photo and video editing software or play graphics intensive games. The dual-core processor doubles the processing power to load files. In addition, models from 5 TB have 128 MB of cache to load frequently used files faster. Extra built-in sensors reduce vibrations so your drive is more stable and lasts longer. Thanks to WD's software, you clone your game and media collections to your new Black drive. This range has an extra long warranty of 5 years.

Purple for security storage

WD Purple

Storing security videos requires a powerful internal hard drive. The Purple line has been produced to store surveillance images. The disk works 24 hours a day in a RAID setup with up to 8 disks. You connect up to 64 ip cameras at the same time. In addition, Purple disks last a long time thanks to the workload of 180 TB per year. IntelliSeek, has varying writing and reading disc speeds. This keeps the temperature lower. WD's AllFrame technology reduces framedrops and pixel errors, so you won't miss a second of footage. All your current videos are transferred to your new Purple disk via WD's cloning and backup software.

Gold for data centers

WD Gold

The storage of data in a data center requires a durable internal hard drive that reads and writes accurately. The Gold series was specially designed for this. The drives function day and night, all year round in a RAID setup. In addition, WD Gold disks can be deal with a workload of 550 TB per year. In addition, they have a high write and read speed of 7200 rpm and a big cache of at least 128 MB, so you can load frequently used data quickly. Thanks to Dual Actuator technology, the disc remains exactly in place, even during vibrations. This makes it last longer. WD delivers product support day and night when you purchase a Gold disc.

Richard
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