Western Digital is trying to redefine the word “RPM”

Last week, the fine Redditors of /r/DataHoarder got upset with Western Digital again—this time, for misrepresenting the rotational speed of their WD Red Network Attached Storage hard drives. (Although the linked post brings things to a head, members of the German-language forum hardwareluxx.de began investigating the issue more than year ago.)

Western Digital gets sued for sneaking SMR disks into its NAS channelWe found this controversy reminiscent of earlier complaints that Western Digital was not properly disclosing use of Shingled Magnetic Recording technology in their NAS drives. But the new complaint is that Western Digital calls 7200RPM drives “5400 RPM Class”—and the drives’ own firmware report 5400 RPM via the SMART interface.

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