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Western Digital is adding 10-terabyte drives to its Red range

Why it matters to you

If you need maximum storage on your network storage system, Western Digital’s new drives offer massive amounts of space in a compact form factor.

Western Digital now offers up to 10 terabytes of storage space in a single network-attached drive, with brand-new entries in its Red and Red Pro ranges. This has been made possible with the use of helium inside the drives’ hermetically sealed casings, which makes it possible for thinner platters and therefore more of them in the same form factor.

Although solid-state storage is the darling of fast-booting systems and gamers everywhere, the humble hard drive still holds up when it comes to larger-scale storage. Although hardly cheap — a 10TB hard drive from the Red Pro[1] range will set you back $535 — that is thousands of dollars cheaper than an equivalent solid-state option[2].

The standard Red drive[3] is a little cheaper, with a price tag of $495, though both feature the same fourth-generation HelioSeal technology, the original version of which Western Digital acquired when it purchased HGST in 2012. That led to the creation of WD’s 8TB drives and paved the way for this latest release in its network storage range.

Red and Red Pro iterations of this design were expected, as it released a 10TB version of its enterprise-focused Gold range in 2016[4].

The Red drive operates at 5,400 RPM, while the Red Pro version ups the ante to 7,200 RPM. Both drives however come with 256MB of cache. They also support 3D Active Balance Plus, which we’re told improves overall drive performance and reliability.

Both Red and Red Pro ranges are fully compatible with Western Digital’s My Cloud Pro Series network storage systems, so they can be integrated in existing systems seamlessly. The integration process is also said to be improved thanks to WD’s NASware 3.0, which also improves drive reliability.

Both 10TB drives should already be available from select U.S. retailers, and all purchases come with a three-year warranty included as standard. The Red Pro drive however, enhances that with a five-year warranty, which covers its slightly inflated price tag.

Western Digital adds a meaty 10TB model to its WD Purple family of hard drives

Why it matters to you

Surveillance systems now have a larger storage option with the launch of a new WD Purple 10TB hard drive supporting up to 64 high-definition cameras.

Western Digital announced[1] on April 5 the availability of a new 10TB model in its line of WD Purple hard drives[2] for surveillance applications. It joins the eight other models currently on the market spanning storage capacities between 500GB and 8TB. They’re designed to be in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and support a workload rate of up to 180TB per year. Each WD Purple drive can support up to 64 high-definition cameras on a single surveillance system as well.

On the whole, the WD Purple hard family consists of 5,400RPM-class, 3.5-inch storage solutions that connect to a SATA 3 (6Gbps) or older interface. Their overall dimensions are 1.028 (H) x 5.787 (L) x 4 (W) inches with a weight ranging from 0.99 to 1.65 pounds, depending on the model. Here are the individual specs and their pricing:

Capacity Cache Sustained
Power Use
WD100PURZ: 10TB 256MB 210MB/s 6.2 watts $400
WD80PUZX: 8TB 128MB 178MB/s 6.4 watts $284
WD60PURX: 6TB 64MB 175MB/s 5.3 watts $250
WD50PURX: 5TB 64MB 170MB/s 5.3 watts $200
WD40PURX: 4TB 64MB 150MB/s 5.1 watts $140
WD30PURX: 3TB 64MB 145MB/s 4.4 watts $105
WD20PURX: 2TB 64MB 145MB/s 4.4 watts $80
WD10PURX: 1TB 64MB 110MB/s 3.3 watts $60
WD05PURX: 500GB 64MB 110MB/s 3.3 watts $50

“Our new 10TB drive inherits the high performance, reliability, and endurance qualities of our WD Purple family, with maximum capacity to offer VARs, integrators, and consumers a 4K-ready solution for current and next-generation surveillance systems,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing.

The WD Purple drives rely on the company’s proprietary IntelliSeek technology for optimal performance. According to Western Digital, this tech reduces possible damage and early wear-and-tear by calculating optimal seek speeds, which in turn lowers power consumption, noise, and vibration. This helps sustain their promoted 24/7 constant-use capability.

More: The Western Digital My Passport gives you 4TB of compact storage ($110 for Prime members)[3]

And that is essentially what makes WD Purple drives different than the standard desktop hard drive: their specific, optimized design for DVR and NVR security systems that are in constant use. WD Purple drives support three times the workload rating of desktop drives, Western Digital claims, and are backed by the company’s proprietary AllFrame 4K[4] technology so that missed frames and lost footage aren’t issues.

“AllFrame 4K technology enhances ATA streaming support to help reduce video frame loss with proprietary cache policy management technology to improve overall data flow and playback, Western Digital said. “WD Purple 10TB HDDs include exclusive firmware enhancements that help protect against video pixilation and interruptions within a surveillance system.”

Finally, the new WD Purple 10TB model is based on Western Digital’s third-gen HelioSeal tech. This enables the company to cram more storage platters and read/write heads inside the hard drive package by using helium to reduce the amount of turbulence caused by storage platters spinning in close proximity to each other. The tech also reduces power consumption because the platters spin more easily in a helium-filled environment.

The new 10TB model is available now through Western Digital’s online shop.

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