The PDF I read ( http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/2879-771442.pdf) indicated these drives are designed for NAS systems that have 1 to 5 drive bays. Here’s the excerpt:
WD eliminates the confusion.
WD Red is the only hard drive
designed for NAS systems that
have 1 to 5 drive bays. The drives
are designed and extensively tested
for compatibility in the unique 24x7
operating environment and
demanding system requirements of
home and small business NAS.
What I am wondering is if I’ll have a problem with an 8-drive RAID 5 array. I can’t imagine the number of drives will cause an issue but after having just purchased 9 of these drives (1 for the spare), I am a little concerned.
Does anybody have experience with building arrays using more than 5 drives?