Hard Drives

The hard drive is the trusty component used to store a lot of content. Available in sizes that can go all the way up to 16 TB (that's 16,000 GB) and different models are available from various vendors. Western Digital is one such company that offers both mechanical and solid-state storage but it can be a little confusing as to which one you should go with. Western Digital has the Blue, Black, Red, and Gold for mechanical drives. Here are all the specifications.

It's always recommended you go with an SSD for Windows 10 and other software to be installed on, leaving a mechanical drive free for storing games and files. The Western Digital Blue is the HDD built for the desktop, while the Black takes things to the next level for professionals and gamers. Enterprise and server owners have the Gold series to look through and the Red series of drives are specifically designed for NAS use.

Category WD Blue WD Black WD Red WD Gold
Capacity 500 GB - 6 TB 500 GB - 6 TB 750 GB - 10 TB 1 TB - 12 TB
Form factor 2.5-inch
3.5-inch 3.5-inch
Data transfer 175 MB/s (6 TB) 218 MB/s (6TB) 178 MB/s (8 TB) 200MB/s (12 TB)
Cache 64 MB 64 - 256 MB 16 - 256 MB 128 - 256 MB
Speed 5,400 RPM
7,200 RPM
7,200 RPM 5,400 RPM 7,200 RPM
Use Home Work/Gaming NAS Enterprise
Warranty 2-year 5-year 3-year 5-year
Price From $43.99 From $63.99 From $62.99 From $79.99

Pricing is fairly competitive between vendors and Western Digital's own family of drives, thanks to the affordability of mechanical drives. You should go for the fastest drive with the most cache and capacity you can afford. This specification comparison will help you get started.

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