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WD updates Red SATA drive line

Storage vendor releases 5 TB and 6 TB variants, as well as new Red Pro line

WD updates Red SATA drive line
WD's range of 3.5-inch Red drives are now available in capacities varying from 1 TB to 6 TB

WD today announced that it had expanded its Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network-attached storage) systems with the release of 5 TB and 6 TB variants.

This would mean that WD's range of 3.5-inch Red drives are now available in capacities varying from 1 TB to 6 TB, the vendor said.

WD also used the new Red drive launch to announce a range of Red Pro drives, which it said are aimed at medium to large businesses' NAS systems. These drives are available from 2 TB to 4 TB, WD said.

"With the expansion and evolution of the WD Red family, WD once again is providing its loyal customers with increased capacity up to 6 TB; improved bay count support with up to eight bays; increased product breadth with WD Red Pro; and more features with the latest generation of WD NASware technology," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, WD Storage Technology.

WD's Red line was launched in 2012 and are specifically designed for NAS systems. Along with featuring greater storage capacities, the new drives feature WD NASware 3.0, a software designed to improve reliability and system performance. The drives also feature an enhanced balance control technology, and are capable of supporting up to eight-bay NAS systems.

The Red Pro line, meanwhile, is designed for eight-bay to 16-bay NAS systems.

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