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Ex­actly how fast can these drives push data?

We con­nected each drive di­rectly to our Mac us­ing an Eth­er­net ca­ble and copied a folder with 26GB of video files across. We fit­ted the NAS boxes with the same WD Red hard drives.

We ex­pected times to be sim­i­lar, but we weren’t pre­pared for just how close the Synol­ogy and QNAP speed tests would be, re­turn­ing re­sults within a cou­ple of sec­onds of each other. The other two drives re­turned times that di­verged more sig­nif­i­cantly, with the WD My Cloud speed­ing through the trans­fer and the Net­gear tak­ing sig­nif­i­cantly longer. The WD’s re­sult could be down to it be­ing con­fig­ured to work with WD’s own hard drives, but we’re not sure why the Net­gear per­for­mance was rel­a­tively slow. In real–world use, of course, these speeds are likely to be at the mercy of your Wi–Fi net­work, which will likely have a big­ger im­pact than the speed of the unit’s Eth­er­net con­troller.

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