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  1. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #51

    Jaylob4 said:
    That's the one, with tried and reliable CMR technology.
    Check first this:

    Using a NAS hard drive for my gaming computer | Tom's Hardware Forum

    Buy NAS HDD for gaming? : pcmasterrace
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  2. Posts : 1,153
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
       #52

    You should get a WD Black not a WD Red.

    WD Black = 7200 RPM, CMR
    WD Red = 5400 RPM, SMR

    The WD Red drive is designed for RAID/NAS configurations and it's not recommended to be used as a general purpose or gaming drive. That goes for all SMR drives. SMR drives also work OK for streaming or backup where performance is not as important.
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  3. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #53

    Hi JB, I did read both links before I purchased, WD Black was out of my budget although it was probably the best one to go for.

    A NAS drive in a gaming machine is probably not the done thing and maybe a little noisier, my grandson and I will have to wait and see.
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  4. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #54

    MisterEd said:
    You should get a WD Black not a WD Red.

    WD Black = 7200 RPM, CMR
    WD Red = 5400 RPM, SMR

    The WD Red drive is designed for RAID/NAS configurations and it's not recommended to be used as a general purpose or gaming drive. That goes for all SMR drives. SMR drives also work OK for streaming or backup where performance is not as important.
    True!
    Using a NAS hard drive for my gaming computer | Tom's Hardware Forum;https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/using-a-nas-hard-drive-for-my-gaming-computer.2243021/ said:
    difference is that if you plan to install and play games from this drive, the WD Black would perform much better than the WD Red.
    This is due to the fact that the WD Red incorporates IntelliPower because it is designed to run in 24/7 environments as a NAS/RAID drive, it spins down a bit faster than regular drives, when it's not accessed. This feature balances the spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms to save power and deliver solid performance. Besides, the NASware 3.0 advanced firmware is specifically built-in for NAS/RAID environments, so I'm not sure how many of the WD Red's advantages you will be able to experience using it as a stand-alone secondary drive.

    The WD Black, on the other hand, is going to deliver high-performance even as a secondary drive. The 7200 RPM would surely out-perform the IntelliPower if you put them side-by-side. Another advantage the WD Black has is the 5-year limited warranty that seems rather attractive to customers."
    Last edited by jbcarreon123; 19 Apr 2021 at 19:14.
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  5. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #55

    MisterEd said:
    You should get a WD Black not a WD Red.
    WD Black = 7200 RPM, CMR
    WD Red = 5400 RPM, SMR
    The WD Red drive is designed for RAID/NAS configurations and it's not recommended to be used as a general purpose or gaming drive. That goes for all SMR drives. SMR drives also work OK for streaming or backup where performance is not as important.
    Hi Mister Ed,

    My purchase is not an SMR drive but CMR at 7200RPM.
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  6. Posts : 1,153
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
       #56

    Jaylob4 said:
    Hi Mister Ed,

    My purchase is not an SMR drive but CMR at 7200RPM.
    Then you must be getting a WD Red Pro then. Let me update my list.

    WD Black = 7200 RPM, CMR
    WD Red = 5400 RPM, SMR
    WD Red Pro = 7200 RPM, CMR
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  7. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #57

    MisterEd said:
    Then you must be getting a WD Red Pro then. Let me update my list.
    WD Black = 7200 RPM, CMR
    WD Red = 5400 RPM, SMR
    WD Red Pro = 7200 RPM, CMR
    BIB, I think I must be too.
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  8. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #58

    Just for Comparison:
    This is the WD Red Pro NAS Drive:
    About a new Hard Drive-image.png About a new Hard Drive-image.png

    This is the WD Black Performance Desktop Drive
    About a new Hard Drive-image.png About a new Hard Drive-image.png

    [All has set to 4TB Type, no DevTools, and it is on Incognito Mode]

    For performance, WD Black is your choice.
    For Price, WD Red Pro is your choice.

    Overall: tie (obviously)


    - - - Updated - - -

    If I will buy a hard drive, I will go to the WD Black or if I can, an SSD.
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  9. Posts : 17,620
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #59

    Choose Storage - PCPartPicker



    About a new Hard Drive-image1.png





    PCPartpicker is NOT an online retailer. It is a site that searches a specific country for the lowest available prices for any computer component. It's been around for about 8-10 years now.

    When you click on a product name, it shows you all the sellers and their pricing, along with a BUY button, that takes you right to the seller's website.

    It's been a godsend when considering computer parts... anywhere in the world.
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  10. Posts : 1,768
    Windows 11 [21H2]
       #60

    Ghot said:
    Choose Storage - PCPartPicker



    About a new Hard Drive-image1.png





    PCPartpicker is NOT an online retailer. It is a site that searches a specific country for the lowest available prices for any computer component. It's been around for about 8-10 years now.

    When you click on a product name, it shows you all the sellers and their pricing, along with a BUY button, that takes you right to the seller's website.

    It's been a godsend when considering computer parts... anywhere in the world.
    In my country, Storage drives are so expensive.
    About a new Hard Drive-image.png
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