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WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

  • Revolutionary dual drive with 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD
  • World's first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution
  • Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty

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  • Brian H.
  • 1/14/2016 11:05:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood product, but too pricey.

Pros: Easy to install and set up, included software made cloning a breeze. Reliable so far (I have two, one 11 months old in an always-on computer, the other 10 months old in a laptop).

Cons: Pricey to the extreme. I bought these when they were LESS than one QUARTER of the current price. Had they cost what they do now, I would have gone in a different direction.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned, I have two of these. In February 2015 I bought one that was my first SSD. I didn't need to clone, I was putting in a fresh install of Win7 Pro 64, and I didn't need the extra space, it's in my media center that already had 5 other hard drives totaling several terabytes. I had just gone through some upgrading and wasn't planning on an SSD until this year's round, but it was an interesting product, and at the time cheaper than many SSD's of comparable size WITHOUT the 1TB disk. And who can't use an extra TB of space now and then? So I installed it as my primary, no cloning, just a fresh install of Win7.

Three weeks later I bought a second one, this time for an ancient laptop (which I'm using right now). It's an old Acer Aspire with a single-core Celeron and 2 GB of RAM running Vista, and for this one I wasn't so much concerned about any performance bump, I needed more disk space, and this drive is a great solution for that purpose.

Surprisingly enough, it was the old laptop that benefited more. It's noticeably faster and more responsive, although, of course, that's a relative statement - kind of like putting your 12 year old dog on vitamins. If there was any bump in the performance on the media center, I haven't noticed it, and neither has the Windows Experience Index, which is surprising as HDD performance was the limiting score before installing this, and you'd expect SOME increase when going from a WD Blue platter drive to an SSD.

Overall, I can't complain, for what I paid for them - to repeat, BOTH of my purchases TOGETHER didn't cost HALF of the current price. Despite the lack of speed boost I'd hoped for in the desktop, I would have given this 5 stars for the revitalizing of this old laptop and the innovative solution to a one-drive system. But the price is horrendous when there are simply too many other options for SSD's at a much better price point.

If you're looking for a solution to a one-drive limitation, this might be a good option for you. I plan to replace the one in my media center soon with a larger SSD (Win7 Pro took up over 80% of the SSD portion, meaning games had to be installed on the platter portion), and maybe I'll wipe this one and drop it in my daughter's old Dell desktop, which is also limited to a single drive. But if you are looking for a huge performance boost, you won't get it with this drive, and now that the price of SSD's is plummeting, you can get much better performance at a much lower price in a multi-drive system.

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  • sydney a.
  • 11/1/2015 5:38:08 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsdecent drive but needs updated firmware to better detected by bios

Pros: Split SSD and HDD section capable of being ID of being two unique drives. Speed is decent

Cons: This drive has a bit of a schizophrenic personality as it does often identify itself incorrectly to the computer bios.
Secondly requiring special software on an included usb flash drive defeats the purpose of a standard install.
Lastly the SSD part isn't properly buffered for use on systems with SATA-II or earlier controllers other much less costly hybrid drives run quicker.

Other Thoughts: This drive's onboard firmware is a bit of an odd child where it will identify itself as both a removable boot media and a hard drive to the computer bios at the same time which is why this and similar hybrid drives take significantly longer to be detected and detected properly when the computer is turned on (POST).

Lastly with the recent price drops of full on SSD drives, 400+$ for this WD black2 is way too high. Especially with the firmware that is seriously limited and buggy. This WD black2 should be no higher than 150$ CAD.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Sydney a,
Thanks for providing this feedback regarding your experience with our WD Black2 dual drive. Please know the dual drive was designed for machines natively running Windows 7 and later and Mac Late-2012 or later. Older machines BIOS and chipsets are not capable to be upgraded to fully support SATA AHCI and tend to recognize the dual drive as a Raid device. You may want to check with your computer/motherboard manufacturer for BIOS and Chipset updates providing proper support for this new architecture.

We would be happy to further address your concerns with you directly by phone or Email below. We ask that you mention this Newegg review within your initial contact with the support team member as reference to these concerns.

Need Help? Please follow the link below for further assistance or contact us at 1(800) 275-4932.
https://wdsupport.wdc.com/sfdc/case.aspx

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  • Myrtha B.
  • 10/24/2015 11:23:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt was good for a while

Pros: ssd storage + hdd mass storage
one drive
yeah thats about it
convenient af if you have a laptop with one bay

Cons: it just freezes up sometimes, id call windows out on it, but the disk on average shows about 60% usage, on what i have no clue but this make any average game, or video impossible without it literally freezing every 30 seconds.
but yeah it kinda just died abit

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Myrtha B.,
Thanks for your time and input. It is recommended performing the firmware update as part of the drive installation, as this update addresses power management and may help resolve your particular concern. Instructions for upgrading the Black2 firmware and creating a bootable thumb drive is contained within the firmware download for Windows below.
“Firmware update for Black2”: http://support.wdc.com/product.aspx?ID=2301&lang=en

There are two methods of loading the operating system on the SSD portion of the Black2 drive prior to unlocking the 1TB HDD portion. Fresh install Windows from CD-ROM and performing all the Windows Updates prior to installing your program files usually ensures no corrupted data is brought from the original drive. Cloning the existing HDD makes the install process much quicker, however some advance planning to exclude data to ensure the cloned image fits well within the 118GB SSH portion to ensure best performance. Below we have a couple useful articles providing more information.
“How to install and clone a WD Black2 2.5" Dual Drive (SSD + HDD)”: http://support.wdc.com/KnowledgeBase/answer.aspx?ID=12960
“How to copy data to a WD Black² Dual Drive after data was excluded during the Acronis True Image cloning process”: http://support.wdc.com/KnowledgeBase/answer.aspx?ID=10490
“How to redirect user data from Libraries, such as 'My Documents', to an alternate location on a Windows PC”: http://support.wdc.com/KnowledgeBase/answer.aspx?ID=10489

If the above articles don’t provide solutions to your concerns, we would appreciate the chance to address these issues with you directly. Please contact us by phone or Email below and mention this Newegg review for reference.

Need Help? Please follow the link below for further assistance or contact us at 1(800) 275-4932.
https://wdsupport.wdc.com/sfdc/case.aspx

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  • Leo L.
  • 10/23/2015 7:55:47 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWD provides the goods

Pros: So, I've had my dual drive for a little over a year now, going on my second here in the next month or so. I'm gonna be straight with you, these drives are decent. A great compromise between speed and capacity, a good idea executed nicely by WD in my opinion. However, they do have drawbacks, if they affect you then so be it, and I'll mention those in the cons. For starters, I found this drive to be the perfect upgrade for an aging HP ENVY M6-1105DX that had been heavily modified to live a little longer. Boot times were amazing over the stock drive, and surprisingly, the 1tb partition was speedy compared to stock as well (both 5400rpm). I ran games nicely, and with decent load times for a laptop. I actually saw a tiny increase in fps and a reduce in stuttering, since textures and meshes could be accessed a bit easier by the GPU. All was perfect in my opinion, but the laptop wasn't cutting it anymore. I built a custom PC, and added this drive along with a main SSD, and a 1TB WD Black. This drive held my favorite games in the SSD, and my personal files in the 1TB part. Ran perfect for 20 months, up until it finally gave way. Programs on the SSD would be very choppy, and would work their way to a crash. Then one day, I heard clicks, and in my device manager it was nowhere to be found.

No biggie, WD will replace it. I created my RMA in the morning as I prepped for my classes, and prepped the drive for shipping. I used USPS 2-Day Priority, and the drive was there just before the weekend. Monday swings by, and my replacement drive is being shipped and is registered. I pause for a sec, and smile. WD surprised me with the speedy RMA process, and within 2 days of getting the email verifying my new drive, the drive is at my front door by wednesday morning. I checked what service was used, and to my complete surprise, WD upped my return service, and had the drive sent via UPS 2-DAY AIR! Wow! Anyways, I opened the box, found the replacement inside retail packaging that looked fantastic. I take out the drive and slap it where its deceased brethren once stood, and hit switch. The drive was in my device manager, and all that goodness. I checked to see if a firmware update would be necessary, and good enough, WD had already updated the firmware. NICE! Saves me an extra 5-10mins. I moved the files that I saved from my external back to the 1TB and was rocking and rolling within 1hr (300GBs of files). WD has proven to be a great manufacturer, and has shown the quality of their product by having a well matched Customer Service.

Cons: Honestly, I can see why people have issues with these drives. Lets list some obvious factors that have already been pointed out by other reviewers:
1) Apple product have issues supporting aftermarket additions, extreme white listing in my opinion
2) It takes a good amount of know how to use this drive, but it's not drastically overwhelming, and most of it is due to the fact that a firmware update is not very simple. Also, the product needs a firmware update done straight out of the box. Once done though, solves many issues
3) Do NOT run these in raid. It's in fine print in the quick setup manual, I believe. Either way, why run raid on this, I would do two 7200rpm drives instead.
4) Performance is meh, and if you have a laptop with an optical bay, get a converter caddy adn setup an SSD and Hard Drive rig. Better value in my opinion, as they are physically separate.

I encountered these first hand, but made my way about it. Just know, this product does require a little extra know how, and it can easily be seen in it's name and color (usually black housing, casing, or such other aesthetics indicate the product is "enthusiast" or "high performance").

Other Thoughts: Now this is for those who give this thing bad rep. Honestly, I can't force you to say great things, and I won't, but I think it's best to troubleshoot any issues with Western Digital. I called them once, and they answered quite quickly, and helped me with my inquiry. This drive requires patience, yes, but patience makes perfect. I took care of my drive and it took care of me (my files more like). They make these resources available, and it's best to make use of them if you want to get the full package of a product.

If a manufacturer provides the means to solve an issue with their product, it's totally worth a shot to contact their Customer Service specialists. If you do so however, in my personal experience, it is best to try to remain calm, and to be as polite as possible, despite being bothered by the issue in the first place. Who knows, they might hook you up for make their job a little easier, or maybe you are a breathe of fresh air after handling a fair amount of rude customers (no offense, I do it to sometimes, I usually apologize and ask them for a moment). I had to work CS before, and let me tell ya, it ain't easy. Anyways, sorry, but I feel very satisfied with this product and the service WD provides as a company, be it product and Customer Support/Service.

Sorry for the essay, just want to give my full on review on this product for others interested.

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  • Xiaolong Z.
  • 10/23/2015 2:34:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsit is dead after 3 months used

Pros: good package and design

Cons: dead after 3 months used

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  • keith c.
  • 10/19/2015 2:56:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat dual drive

Pros: Fast SSD and large 1TB storage in one device makes it great for laptops with only one drive bay.

Cons: Setup is a bit complex. It is probably better suited to the more technically inclined, but can be managed by any user thanks to the excellent instructions and support.

Other Thoughts: It is extremely important to update the firmware right after installing the drive to eliminate issues.

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  • Philippe .
  • 10/15/2015 6:30:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Dual drive

Pros: The best thing about this dual drive is you can have 1TB of HDD and a small SSD for you windows or what ever you use. I mean this dual drive is a real revolution for the 1 HDD space on laptop.

Cons: The instruction are not very clear but its pretty easy to figure out how to use it.

Other Thoughts: it came in a real nice box and look so sweet when u open it not like a normal SSD or HDD they did a good job on the package.

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  • Kristofer M.
  • 10/1/2015 6:37:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMuch faster than regular HDD

Pros: Loading times dropped at least 90% from old HDD in laptop, lots of storage. USB adapter for transferring files being included is a great addition.

Cons: Cloning software is cheap and not very useful. Had terrible timing issues with memory after moving to this, had to do clean install of Windows after trying 3 times to move image over.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/9/2015 10:35:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great in my 2011 MBP 17"

Pros: Fast, fast, fast!
Should be far less expensive than a full solid state drive, and almost as fast when you need it.

Cons: I can't believe the companies selling this for $180 on up. That's getting steep. I paid $130 for mine several months ago as the prices were dropping. Apparently there has since been a surge in interest, causing prices to skyrocket. At current prices, I would just wait.

Other Thoughts: Drive works *great* in my 2011 MacBook Pro 17". Just follow the instructions to set up the firmware, and OS X takes care of the rest. Also note you cannot partition the drive when you set it up as a "fusion" drive. Fusion lets OS X handle allocating of data between the actual hard drive and the flash memory.

I have another hybrid drive which has far less flash memory than this one, with no noticeable speed increase. You need a good solid chunk of flash memory to make a true hybrid. Otherwise the flash memory ends up being little more than a big buffer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/9/2015 10:13:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great in my 2011 MBP 17"

Pros: Fast, fast, fast!
Should be far less expensive than a full solid state drive, and almost as fast when you need it.

Cons: I can't believe the companies selling this for $180 on up. That's getting steep. I paid $130 for mine several months ago as the prices were dropping. Apparently there has since been a surge in interest, causing prices to skyrocket. At current prices, I would just wait.

Other Thoughts: Drive works *great* in my 2011 MacBook Pro 17". Just follow the instructions to set up the firmware, and OS X takes care of the rest. Also note you cannot partition the drive when you set it up as a "fusion" drive. Fusion lets OS X handle allocating of data between the actual hard drive and the flash memory.

I have another hybrid drive which has far less flash memory than this one, with no noticeable speed increase. You need a good solid chunk of flash memory to make a true hybrid. Otherwise the flash memory ends up being little more than a big buffer.

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