Western Digital colour-codes their hard disk drives not to make the drives look sexier, or to help sell more hard disk drives. They created the WD drive colours to help users understand the distinct advantages or use of each drive family. In this article, Western Digital will help us show you how to choose the best hard disk drive for your PC.
Every Drive Has A Purpose
There is no better person than Albert Chang, Senior Manager of Product Marketing at WD Asia Pacific, to explain why every drive has a purpose. He also points out a key point that users often forget to factor when consumers purchase a drive – the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
That’s right. The TCO is often overlooked, because that is ultimately the price you are paying over the lifetime of a drive. So make sure you don’t just buy the cheapest possible drive, because that may result in a high TCO… including the loss of priceless data.
Introducing The Five WD Drive Colours
Here is a quick primer on the five WD drive colours, and how they can help you determine the best drive for your PC.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each WD drive colour, and find out what advantages each drive colour boasts!
WD Blue For Mainstream PCs
For more information, you can read these WD Blue articles :
- Mainstream Hard Disk Drives Keep Getting Better
- 1 TB WD Blue SSD (WDS100T1B0A) Review
- 1 TB WD Blue SSHD (WD10J31X) Review
WD Black For High Performance PCs
- High Performance PCs Need High Performance Drives
- 6 TB WD Black (WD6001FZWX) Review
- 5 TB WD Black (WD5001FZWX) Review
- 4 TB WD Black (WD4003FZEX) Review
- 2 TB WD Black (WD2001FASS) Review
- 750 GB WD Black (WD7500BPKT) Review
- 500 GB WD Black (WD5000BEKT) Review
- 320 GB WD Black (WD3200BEKT) Review
WD Red For NAS Storage
The WD Red (Amazon) family of NAS drives are specifically designed for the “always on” environment of a NAS enclosure. They run cooler and vibrate less, greatly increasing their reliability and lifespan in NAS enclosures.
The WD Red drives are also optimised for NAS usage patterns, so you will be able to access your files faster than with a regular hard disk drive.
For more information, you can read these WD Red articles :
- 5 Reasons To Only Use NAS-Optimised Drives In Your NAS
- 6 TB WD Red (WD60EFRX) Review
- 4 TB WD Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) Review
- 4 TB WD Red (WD40EFRX) Review
WD Purple For Surveillance
They are also designed to handle multiple video streams without dropped frames, or gaps in recorded footage… and do this 24/7 without rest!
For more information on the WD Purple, and why it is the best drive for surveillance and CCTV systems, please read :
WD Gold For Datacenters
Qualified for nearline storage use in datacenters, datacenter hard disk drives like WD Gold (Amazon) are designed to offer high storage capacities at maximum performance and reliability while operating continuously 24 hours a day in large drive arrays.
For more information, you can read these WD Gold articles :
- WD Gold : The Gold Standard Standard In HDD Technology
- The 8 TB WD Gold Datacenter Drive (WD8002FRYZ) Review
What Is The Best Drive For YOU?
The WD drive colours make it extremely simple for you to choose the best drive for the job.
If you want the best hard disk drive for your gaming PC or laptop, the WD Black drives are your best options.
If you just need to store a large amount of data at very low cost, the WD Blue drives are your best bet.
If you have a NAS enclosure, you will not want to use any other drives but WD Red drives for better performance and reliability.
If you have a CCTV system, you will not want to use any other drives but WD Purple drives for stutter-free recording and a long lifespan.
If you are running a server, you will want the high performance and exceptional reliability of the WD Gold drives.
See? The WD drive colours make it extremely easy for you to find the best drive for the job!
This post was sponsored by Western Digital.