Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" Hard Drive Review

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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" Hard Drive rated 100% KICKASS by 3dGameMan.com

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Review category: Hard Drives
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The Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" Hard Drive is fast, compatible, reliable and affordable. This HDD's interface is SATA 3 Gb/s (Gigabits per second), is 1000GBs or 1TB, a 64MB buffer size, has a rotation speed of 7200RPMs, average latency is 4.2ms, power consumption is 6.8W while being accessed & 6.1W when idle, the noise level is 28dBA to 33dBA & comes with a 5 year warranty.


 

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altovaxx
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Great Price for a high performance HDD

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I would highly recommend the 2TB Caviar black instead of the 1TB. The reason being is that the 2TB model has a piezoelectric wrist that decreases access times down to about 11.8 milliseconds. Totally worth it, even if the drive will just be a secondary drive. The 2TB model still competes very well with random I/O operations when compared against new 3TB and 4TB (Seagate) hard drives.

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good review, nice hardware. LOve it

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I wouldn't buy a drive this small as secondary drive. Maybe for a budget PC as only storage. I currently have some 2TB green drives as media storage. Found out that they are not suitable for games as they will cause small freezes (most noticable in games like Counter Strike and Doomsday Engine)

Ratchet
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Another thing Rod, did you asked WD on the ETA when they can produce substantial amount of drives again with regards to the damaged factory?

3dGameMan
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Not specifically, but I suspect it will take a month or more.

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Anonymous

Dont expect drive prices to go back to normal anytime soon. perhaps second quarter of next year.

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If I were to get this hard drive, I would only use it for secondary storage drive. Solid state drive will be my main drive because it is so much faster than hard drive.

Ratchet
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2 failed on me. One was last year. I only had it for a month then the head crashed. RMA it, got my 2nd one. Recently it suffered bad sectors. RMA that also, waiting for the 3rd one...

Anonymous

So there actually making these?

I thought most of Western Digital's factories were destroyed in floods, Best snap em up while their still in stock Id say

3dGameMan
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Not sure, but I requested a 2TB HDD for review, but WD couldn't send due to shortage.

Anonymous

maybe a good poll:
are you going to buy an ssd instead of a hdd for your upcoming build because of the floods in Thailand?

SunTzu1983
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This is the hard drive that I currently use.

Toby R. Varga

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I use this drive as well. Despite the SATA only being 3GB/sec, it's more than fast enough for me. I currently use it as a primary drive, but I may end up switching it to a secondary with an SSD as my main.

Nice review.

All is fair in love and war... just don't cry about it when either of them frags you.

3dGameMan
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Nice :) So what do you think of it?

Anonymous

hello sir could u plz tell me there is a dffrnce in hdd tune reslut i ahve 500gb green but max read speed is 122 mine and this wd has 116mbps.so i cant undrstnd if it is fast or wat thn green thnx

SunTzu1983
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It's nice. Plenty of room for a large OS partition and a Media/Data partition with EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition. Though it gives me a 5.9 in the Windows Experience Index, so it kinda holds me back on my processor, RAM, and video card since they have higher scores and my overall score is based on the weakest link. However, I need to get a better processor anyways, because even if I had a better hard drive, or SSD, the highest score I can get is a 6.4 anyways, due to the processor. Other than that, no complaints. It works fine for games, just need a better processor overall. My RAM scores a 7.0 and my video card scores a 7.8. So with a better processor and hard drive/SSD my overall score could be a 7.0.

I've owned my hard drive for over a year now.

Anonymous

But I further thought, the drive could be better if I had SATA 3, which my motherboard only has SATA 2.

SunTzu1983
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Er, forgot to sign-in. Also, I meant to say *ON* further thought, the drive could be better if I had SATA 3, which my motherboard only has SATA 2. Not my day for spelling obviously.

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We used one of these in my brothers new work-rig. Pretty much it's what to be expected from a HDD and WD. No complaints really, but wish it was as fast as an SSD, but at least you know it should last. I could use a few of these if WD is reading this.. ;)

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Fact is, when it comes with price vs. capacity vs. speed HDDs like this win out for most consumers.