One day only: Western Digital Caviar Red NAS-optimized drive for $114

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For one day only, the Western Digital WD30EFRX Caviar Red Intellipower 3TB 64MB Cache 3.5" Internal SATA Hard Drive can be had for a low, low price at Newegg.

The price includes a three-year warranty and a low $113.99 cost after applying the Coupon Code: EMCYTZT4197. Free shipping is included, which is great: At times, Newegg's shipping charges make us blanch.

Notably, Newegg charges sales tax in Calif., NJ, and Tenn.

When comparing the cost with Newegg's giant rival, Amazon.com,. we see that Amazon.com has the Western Digital WD30EFRX Caviar Red Intellipower 3TB 64MB for $139.72. Additionally, Amazon.com has the term NAS in the drive name.

To be clear, this is not a NAS (network attached storage) device in and of itself. Instead, Western Digital says that this particular drive has been NAS-optimized so that users can install it in a NAS device's empty drive bay, and use it.

What exactly does that mean? For example, Western Digital has many different series of hard drives in its lineup. The Green series is, as its name implies, sort of an environmental series, with reduced heat and power consumption. None of WD's other consumer drives are recommended for use 24/7, which would be the normal expectation for a NAS drive.

There are, of course, enterprise drives that will fill this market segment, but at a cost. As homes embrace networks and NAS devices, the move to a consumer drive that could meet these requirements could be seen as an untapped market.

The consumer-targeting Red series, which this drive is a member of, is optimized for use in NAS systems in many ways.

These additional features include:

Better vibration tolerance. After all, NAS systems often place a number of drives in close proximity to each other, leading to a lot of vibration, which could damage standard drives.

Longer warranties (three years on this drive).

SMART Command Transport Error Recovery Control (SCT ERC) time limit reduced for NAS optimization, to prevent possible connection loss and rebuild. It it is essential that the SCT ERC number be set to a duration shorter than what the NAS OS would wait for before deciding that the drive is bricked.

HDD vendors provide typically provide higher Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) ratings for their enterprise drives, and this would be something that should be expected for a NAS-optimized drive, as well.

Drives such as WD's Green series have aggressive parking settings, and will park the drive within a relatively short period of time. This is good for power consumption, but not on a drive that is in a NAS. This drive comes with parking disabled.

A review of this drive at Anandtech shows that it is indeed NAS optimized, so if you are upgrading an emptry drive bay, this deal could be for you.