If you need to stack your NAS, the Red drive makes a good choice — good speeds, quiet operation and some intelligent technology make it the go-to drive.
Typical price: $210.00
With a wealth of features, an excellent user experience and very respectable performance, the low price is a pleasant surprise. Throw in a lengthy warranty and this is a fantastic router built for today’s devices.
Typical price: $99.00
While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.
Western Digital's Velociraptor is still the king of mechanical hard drives. But in the face of ever-dropping SSD prices, it finds itself at a time of decreasing relevancy.
Typical price: $309.00
Western Digital's MyBook Live Duo is a good entry point into the world of NAS. The lack of active cooling is a concern, though — make sure that it's in a position where it can vent its heat easily.
Typical price: $499.00
The 5TB and 6TB WD Red hard drives are designed for home NAS servers, while a new WD Red Pro drive, available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB, is for serious business.
Western Digital's HGST division is already shipping its new helium-filled, 6TB Ultrastar He6 to data centre customers. The hermetically sealed drive uses half the power per terabyte of its competitors.
Mammoth data centers need more data capacity and lower power consumption. The new Ultrastar He6 drives float a new concept for achieving those ends.
The NAS-focused WD Red drive range has now added a 4TB option, making massive redundant storage more affordable than ever.
Should you buy an AV-specific USB 2.0 external hard drive? In a word, no.
Typical price: $119.00