Quick Guide: What do Western Digital Colors Stand for?

About Western Digital Drives

Western Digital colors are designed with 6 types: Red, Blue, Green, Black, Purple and Gold. They have different attributes and fit for different groups of users. To choose the best one for yourself, you need to compare them with each other and figure out the differences.

Western Digital Red

With capacities varied from 1TB to 14TB, WD Red series provide a wide array of choices for NAS system users. For 1TB capacity, you need to pay $73.49 on Amazon.

They usually come with heat-resistant and anti-vibration features and specialized firmware for long-term and heavy data transfer work, which is different from other hard drives. In addition, WD Red drives are able to be supported in NAS systems with up to 8 bays, and WD Red Pro drives can be used in up to 24-bay NAS systems.

Western Digital Blue and Black

Western Digital Black drives are expensive and high-performance, which are perfect hard drives for graphic designers and game lovers. A 1TB WD Black HDD with 7200 RPM requires $72.99 on Amazon. SSDs are even more expensive.

For more detailed information about Western Digital Blue and Western Digital Black, you can refer to our previous post: WD Blue vs Black — Which HDD You Should Buy.

Western Digital Green

WD has stopped making WD Green HDDs. Nowadays, they are producing SATA and M.2 SSDs under the Green family. You can get capacities varied from 120GB to 2TB from WD Green SSDs. They have faster data transfer speed, and the sequential read speed is up to 545MB/s. Of course, WD Green SSDs are expensive. A WD Green 1TB SATA SSD is $97.99 on Amazon.

Western Digital Purple

Their capacities vary from 1TB to 14TB and they can run 24 hours a day and be used to constantly write videos. For 1TB WD Purple HDD, you need to pay $52.73.

Western Digital Gold

Originally published at https://www.partitionwizard.com on August 4, 2020.

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