But I'll ask the question of WD's UK PR people, and report back.
All the suppliers I've contacted are in the dark as to when they'll receive more stock.
I'll wait to see what WD themselves say before looking for an alternative.
They'll say "Gosh these drives are so popular we're struggling to keep up with demand but be patient we'll have stock back in the shops as soon as possible.".
They're not going to say "We decided to only build a few thousand and now we can't be bothered to make any more so you'll have to look for something else.".
Does that help you? If you want a WD Red you'll have to wait, if you don't want to wait buy something else, it's not exactly worth making a fuss over.
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How quiet or loud the synology you would say is? Is it suitable to be located in a living room from noise pov? Or is it noisy enough to have to be cofined to a spare room or inside a cupboard?
Does it have a constant noise or does it vary with the fan kicking in, disks spinning or not spinning etc?
It's just an extremely low hum (audible from 15-20cm away), much quieter than my WD NAS. I think it's mainly because of WD Red hard drive. I'm sure you can keep it in the living room.
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I've got the 412+ model behind my sofa and I can't hear it all unless the room is completely silent.
FWIW, the blog is finally written and posted. Click pic to read.
An interesting read.
It's a pity that it's now impossible to source WD Red drives in either 2 or 3TB sizes.
I am waiting too.
I was tracking this drive since launch, & sensing its popularity (the price of Synology & QNAP briefly went up on Amazon when WD Red was available to order), I did not expect it to drop in price anytime soon (at least not in 2012).
So I bought it from Scan computers when the price of Synology dropped.
I expected it to be in short supply, but did not anticipate that UK will run out of stock completely!
Meanwhile, the price of the next most popular drive for NAS has been steadily dropping:
It's now £77.99:
Just had this response from WD's European HQ:
"We are shipping again high capacity red drives into the UK channel starting as early as next week – we completely underestimated demand, the channel was very supportive of our new NAS drive and we were completely sold out!"
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So, pretty much exactly what I said then?
However, they have been saying this to their tier 1 distributor channel (rather than just resellers) for some time now.
I had been told that they had encountered some problems, not unusual for a new product, and that was hampering their ability to ramp-up production.
You could also use Samsung/Seagate Pipeline series HD - which are both quieter and more effecient.
Noise - Read Idle (db)
WD - 24/23
SG - 22/19
Power Consumption - Read Idle (W)
WD - 4.4/4.1
SG - 4.5/0.145
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Hi, looked at those Seagate drives but the highest capacity is 2TB whereas I've decided to go for 2 x 3TB.
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