The WD Red ‘5400 RPM Class’ NAS disk drive in fact spin at 7,200rpm.
By Matthew Humphries
Among the essential requirements present on any hard disk drive is how quickly it spins, with 5,400rpm and 7,200rpm being the 2 most popular spinning speeds. Nevertheless, Western Digital is muddying the waters by categorizing a few of its 7,200rpm drives as “5400 RPM Class.” Baffled? You’re not the only one.
As Ars Technica reports, Western Digital marks a few of its WD Red Network Attached Storage hard disk drives as having an Efficiency Class of “5400 RPM Class,” which recommends these drives spin at 5,400rpm. Even the firmware on the drives reports 5400 RPM, however spectral analysis performed by Reddit user Amaroko has actually verified these drives are in fact spinning at 7,200rpm.
Although numerous customers might more than happy to discover the hard disk drive they believed spun at 5,400rpm in fact spins much quicker, implying greater efficiency, there are other effects. Faster spin speed implies more power is utilized by these drives and simply as significantly, they discharge more sound. In a NAS setup, which is what these drives are marketed as being for, both power usage and sound levels are very important, and probably more so than efficiency.
Using “5400 RPM Class” for that reason appears deceptive, and Western Digital’s main action to the discovery does little to clarify the circumstance. A representative reacted to Ars Technica’s query with the following declaration:
“For choose items, Western Digital has actually released RPM speed within a “class” or “efficiency class” for various years instead of releasing particular spindle speeds. We likewise tweak choose hard disk drive platforms and the associated HDD attributes to produce a number of various variations of such platforms to satisfy various market or application requirements. By doing so, we have the ability to take advantage of our economies of scale and pass along those cost savings to our clients. Just like every Western Digital item, our item information, that include power, acoustics and efficiency (information transfer rate), are evaluated to satisfy the requirements offered on the item’s information sheet and marketing security.”
It appears Western Digital might quickly clean up any confusion by merely making the spindle speed clear as part of each drive’s noted requirements. However for now, simply know that the number you believe represents spindle speed on Western Digital hard disk drives may merely be an efficiency class rather and not agent.