Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives

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Acoustics


Both Red drives were incredibly quiet with the 1TB Red producing 12~13 dBA@1m and the 3TB model emitting about 1 dB more. Furthermore, the seek noise of both drives was indiscernible from one meter or even one foot away — we had to place our ear inches from the drives to confirm there was any additional noise at all. The two Red drives produced a slight tone at ~90 Hz, confirming that their motors spin at about 5,400 RPM.

Comparison Chart: Environmental Characteristics

1TB+ DESKTOP HARD DRIVES
Drive
Mfg date
firmware version
Vibration
1-10
(10 = no vibration)
Activity State
Airborne Acoustics
(dBA@1m)
Measured
Power
WD Caviar Green
2TB WD20EARS
August 2010
firmware 01.00A01
9
Idle
12~13
2.8 W (2.4 W heads parked)
Seek
6.5 W
WD Red
1TB WD10EFRX
June 2012
firmware 01.01A01
8
Idle
12~13
2.9 W
Seek
4.1 W
WD Caviar Green
1.5TB WD15EADS
November 2009
firmware 01.00A01
9
Idle
13
4.5 W (2.8 W heads parked)
Seek
13~14
5.8 W
Samsung EcoGreen F4
2TB HD204UI

August 2010
firmware 1AQ10001
7
Idle
13
4.0 W
Seek
15
5.6 W
Hitachi Deskstar
7K1000.C 1TB HDS721010CLA332

February 2010
firmware JP4OA39C
5
Idle
13
4.6 W
Seek (AAM)
15~16
6.4 W
Seek
17
9.6 W
WD Caviar Green
2TB WD20EVDS
February 2009
firmware 01.00A01
8~9
Idle
13~14
3.9 W
Seek
6.5 W
WD Red
3TB WD30EFRX
June 2012
firmware 80.00A80
9
Idle
13~14
3.6 W
Seek
4.9 W
WD Caviar Green
2TB WD20EADS
February 2009
firmware 01.00A01
7
Idle
14
2.8 W (2.4 W heads parked)
Seek
13~14
6.5 W
WD Caviar Blue
1TB WD10EALS

August 2010
firmware 05.01D05
7
Idle
14
5.2 W
Seek (AAM)
16~17
6.6 W
Seek
20
8.2 W
WD Caviar Green
3TB WD30EZRS
September 2010
firmware 01.00A01
8
Idle
14~15
4.1 W (3.7 W heads parked)
Seek
7.5W
Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB HDS5C3020ALA632
April 2011
firmware 580
7
Idle
14~15
4.1W
Seek
15
5.6 W
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003
November 2010
firmware CC31
8
Idle
14~15
4.6 W
Seek
17~18
7.3 W
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001
November 2011
firmware CC47
8
Idle
16
6.4 W
(5.6 W >30 secs)
(3.9 W >50 secs)
Seek
16~17
9.9 W

The 1TB Red is on par with the last Caviar Green 2TB with both sharing the title of SPCR's quietest desktop drive. The 3TB Red meanwhile is clearly the quietest 3TB drive we've ever tested. The vibration level of the 1TB model was very good but not noticeably more prevalent than the the 3TB version. It's a common issue with single-platter drives with less bulky casings.



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