Western Digital Red Pro NAS Hard Drive Performance

For our review, we only had two WD Red Pro 10TB hard drives available. Although the NAS we are using (the Synology DS916+ is a 4-Bay NAS), using two hard drives does limit which RAID types that we can use. We are including Synology SHR, JBOD, and RAID 0 data sets.

Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (Intel NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable performance comparisons between network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS SHRWD Red 10TB Pro NAS Raid 0WD Red 10TB Pro NAS JBOD

You can see in all RAID types tested the new WD Red 10TB Pro NAS Hard Drives outperform the others tested. All though the difference is not large they still hold a performance edge.

Let us re-run the benchmarks with encrypted folders.

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS SHR EncryptedWD Red 10TB Pro NAS Raid 0 EncryptedWD Red 10TB Pro NAS JBOD Encrypted

With encrypted tests complete, we find the WD Red 10TB Pro NAS Hard Drives hold the performance edge.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark measures performance in hard drives and SSDs, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage.


With ATTO we see standard performance numbers with the WD Red 10TB NAS Pro hard drives, capping out at 265 MB/s transfer rates. The WD Red 10TB Pro NAS hard drives ramp up quickly and show solid numbers.


CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives and SSDs.

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS CrystalDiskMark

Running CrystalDiskMark with empty drives shows 260.5 MB/s sequential read and 261.1 write performance.

AIDA64 Disk Benchmark

With AIDA64 Disk Benchmark module, we can measure the performance of the PC’s storage devices, including (S)ATA or SCSI hard disk drives, RAID arrays, optical drives, solid-state drives (SSD), USB drives and memory cards.

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS AIDA64 Disk Benchmark

For this benchmark, we only run the Read Test Suite since NAS units are primarily write once, read many scenarios. Here, the WD Red Pro 10TB drive performed extremely well. The implication of such a fast drive is that it is consistently able to saturate 1 or 2 1GbE links. That means that we see the WD Red Pro more suited to 10GbE NAS once higher-level RAID arrays are used.


The new WD Red 10TB Pro NAS HDDs are premium drives and offer premium performance to boot. Robust features like multi-axis shock sensors, dynamic fly height technology compensate for vibrations protect your data on the large capacity drives. Increasing spindle speeds to 7200RPM, from 5200RPM found on standard WD Red NAS drives, improves performance. The Pro series is rated for 16-Bay NAS units and offer 5-year warranties.

Western Digital Red Pro NAS Hard Drive Specifications

Here is the spec table for 10TB to 2TB drives:

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS Specifications

More detailed Information about Western Digital Red Pro NAS Hard Drives.

Western Digital Red 10TB Pro NAS Hard Drive Overview

Let us take a look at these new Red Pro NAS hard drives from Western Digital. Our sample units came in a bare/ OEM configuration:

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS TopWD Red 10TB Pro NAS Label

A close look at the drive label shows information about the hard drive. We spot manufacture date, part numbers and these drives come with 256MB Cache. We also spot the “Pro” description on the bottom red bar.

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS Back

Flipping the drive over and looking at the back side, we see the back is fairly clean looking with the PCB supported with blue foam to help dampen vibrations.

WD Red 10TB Pro NAS Connections

We finish off with a close up on the SATA and power connections at the edge of the hard drive.

In summary, it is a 3.5″ 7200rpm hard drive with 10TB capacity and that is intended for NAS operation in RAID arrays.

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