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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Joseph W.
  • 9/8/2014 10:17:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Fast, Works very well in windows.
I have not tried this drive with linux yet, but the ssd is the hard drive, the 1tb mechanical hard drives shows up as a second partition on the same hard drive later after the drivers have been installed.

Cons: It looks really cool and i cant see it because its inside the laptop.

Other Thoughts: Use aomei to clone your os to this drive if your not doing a fresh install.
Acronis is junk

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  • Edwin K.
  • 8/11/2014 12:57:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black2 Dual Drive

Pros: -120GB SSD and 1TB platter drive in one 2.5" enclosure!
-Breathed new life into an aging HP Pavilion laptop without sacrificing storage space.
-Works as advertised

Cons: Platter drive is only 5400rpm, but I only have music and movies on it, so that's a petty complaint. Upgrading from a SATA I to SATA III is the big difference in my laptop.

Other Thoughts: I have had none of the issues that others are complaining about. I did a fresh WIN 7 install (getting rid of HPs bloatware), enabled the 1TB drive, and started transferring data onto it. It's been working like a charm ever since. Doubling my HP laptop's RAM from 6GB to 12GB, in addition to this SSD/HDD is like having a new computer. It's great!

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  • Howard L.
  • 8/2/2014 8:35:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLots of potential, executed somewhat poorly

Pros: A full 1TB platter plus a decent 120GB SSD? Awesome.

Cons: Temperamental, troublesome and unreliable. This drive has a lot of potential for space-constrained devices, but unfortunately the execution of the product needs to go through a couple revisions to get all the kinks worked out. My drive failed almost immediately.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why I bought this drive. It looked like a troublesome product and I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to have issues with it, but I bit the bullet and overpaid for it anyways just to see what the devices was going to be like. It took _multiple_ tries to get the 1TB portion to initialize. The Activator software failed more times than I remember to the point I had pulled up Newegg's RMA page, and I'm a pretty patient person.

After finally getting it running, I decided it was a fragile flower and didn't use it much after that. Some weeks later, once my fears and reservations subsided, I decided to test out the capacity and capabilities of the drive by writing a couple hundred gigs to it at once. After about 150GB, the drive "disconnected", and I haven't seen it since.

Thankfully this comes with a liberal warranty period, so I'll be happily submitting an RMA ticket into WesternDigital directly. Their support department is actually pretty good. Unfortunately, it looks like they just rebuilt their support site and that's a little buggy as well.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Howard, we appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. We would like to assure you that what you have experienced is something abnormal amd work with you directly to bring this device back to us for further testing, while providing you with a replacement under warranty. Please contact us and mention your Newegg reviews with our team at:
(800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • Frank L.
  • 7/17/2014 2:05:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOverheat-->Brick

Pros: Plenty of space

Cons: SSD drive failed.

Other Thoughts: My laptop got hot enough to do its protective shut down. When It had cooled off, and I put it back on its cooling pad, the solid state portion of the drive was bricked.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Frank, we want to extend our sincere apologies for the issue you have experienced. Due to this unexpected outcome in working with the device, we would like the opportunity to work with you directly replace your drive and receive the defective one back for failure analysis to determine the root cause of this behavior. Please be so kind and contact us at (800) 275-4932, or through our support website: http://support.wdc.com/rs
Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team member.

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  • Scott M.
  • 7/1/2014 1:16:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat computer upgrade!

Pros: Very quick and simple to install. I was able to install Windows 7 on the SSD with User folders on the HDD. Massive storage and a fast SSD all in one is great! This is a great product and well worth the money to me! Highly recommended.

Cons: I had to do a little research with Google to determine how to best configure the system with most of the OS on the SSD, but keeping the folder that get written a lot on the HDD to preserver SSD life. It is inconvenient to have to install the driver during the OS install to be able to see the HDD, but it all worked well in the end. More expensive and more complicated than a plain SSD, but has features that make it worth it.

Other Thoughts: This was a great upgrade to an old laptop. The old disk drive was failing so I wanted a good replacement. This one provides much more storage than the old drive and the SSD is fast.

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  • Brad J.
  • 6/24/2014 11:43:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGreat Idea if only it Worked in my Machines

Pros: Great idea to allow the speed of the SSD for your boot drive but still have lots of storage even in a one drive laptop system. WD Support spent lots of time working with me to try and get the drive working.

Cons: Never got the drive to work. There was some interference between the drive and my laptops video system for my old laptop and an incompatibility between the Intel 8 chipset and the drive in my new laptop that causes the drive to just disappear from the system periodically (and then reappear on reboot). Ultimately their support agreed with me that a return was the best option.

Other Thoughts: This is my second review following up on my initial one from 1/2014. I've increased my review from one egg to two eggs since even though the drive never worked for me, WD went the full nine yards trying to get it working for me.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi there Brad,
Thank you for the updated review based on your experience with the WD Black 2 and provided support. Although it does appear this device and your system had some compatibility concerns in your environment, we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in an attempt to resolve these issues.
If there is anything our support team can do to assist you further, please reference this Newegg review to our support staff and we will connect you with the proper team member.
(800) 275-4932
http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • George S.
  • 6/23/2014 6:24:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFollow-up: Good idea on paper

Pros: This is a follow-up to my earlier review. WD is a good vendor and makes it easy to return defective or problematic products, with a comparatively generous RMA window and a solid 5-year warranty.

Cons: Wd responded to my earlier review, suggesting I try the drive in another machine and to run their diagnostics program. The former was not an option for me. But I did try different cables and different connections, including swapping connections with another SSD. In all tests, the WDBlack2 drive showed up as "Generic FCR SATA Loader Loader (4MB)" while the other SATA was ID'ed correctly. I also tried the WD diags. It saw the drive, but also mis-ID'ed it and reported that it could not continue with the unrecognized drive. That's when I filed for RMA. WD granted the request and even sold me a UPS label at discount for returning the drive.

Other Thoughts: This arrangement has a LOT of promise. But the implementation has a serious flaw. The 1 TB mechanical drive is only accessible via driver. When you install this drive, the BIOS does not appear able to see the mechanical part of the drive and the OS cannot access it without the drivers. Consequently, when the SSD part of the drive failed on me, I also lost all of the contents I had written to the mechanical part of the drive. There should be some way to bypass the SSD in cases like mine. If there is, it's well-hidden.

(BTW, to the reviewer who called the included USB "key" "DRM protection", that is nonsense. You can download the drivers at WD's website if you prefer. The USB key is just a convenience.)

Manufacturer Response:

Hello again George,
We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with updated feedback on your experience with the WD Black2.
Your suggestions on being able to access the data portion of the drive without the need for having access to the SSD portion have been forwarded to our product development team for further review and consideration.
Given you have processed an RMA through us directly, should you require any further technical feedback or assistance with your replacement, please contact us by email or phone below, and reference your RMA along with this Newegg review.
(800) 275-4932
http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • William M.
  • 6/16/2014 11:33:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks in a Mac but...

Pros: I'm using this in a 2009 Mac Mini with 8GB of RAM. With the OS on the SSD it boots faster than ever. I can't complain about a single thing as far as performance goes. I'm using the 1TB portion to serve up an iTunes Media server for Apple TV. Streaming is flawless form the 1TB drive.

Cons: Had to be setup in a Windows system before using it in a Mac. There is no unlocking software on WDs site to set this up in a Mac directly. Once you run the software and unlock the 1TB drive it can be removed and installed in most Macs. It can't be unlocked via USB. Must be on a SATA bus.

Other Thoughts: I love the drive. I came really close to sending it back due to the lack of Mac support. Once I found out how to unlock and use both SSD and Disk It was a keeper.

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  • George S.
  • 6/11/2014 8:20:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood idea on paper

Pros: Novel idea: Generous SSD boot drive with enough capacity for the OS and the usual handful of installed apps. A 1TB mechanical drive for storing your stuff, creating your swap file (to preserve the life of your SSD)--all in a single, albeit marginally thicker form factor. 2 hard disks in your laptop the easy way.

Cons: Other than boot speed, this promising arrangement showed little performance improvement. Furthermore, within a few days of installing my OS and apps, I noticed an increasingly frequent delay when opening media, folders, etc. Then yesterday, I boot and get the non-system disk error message. My BIOS describes the disk as a "Generic FCR SATA Loader Loader (4MB)". Apparently, it's a brand new, dual-mode, high-speed, high-capacity brick.

Other Thoughts: If it works, it could be really neat. WD's Black2 site offers videos on how to reconfigure your installation so that your documents and other files can be kept on the mechanical drive to save room, and wear and tear on the SSD. That's probably a good practice anyway, although it's a little more difficult to establish security on such a configuration, it does make wiping and reinstalling your OS less problematic. Seriously, I *want* this to work.

Manufacturer Response:

Thanks for the post George. We're sorry to hear about the problem that you had with the drive. For troubleshooting purposes try the drive in another computer and see if you can test the drive with our Data Lifeguard Diagnostics program, if it has the same behavior then it looks like you may have a malfunctioning device.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (DOS)
http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=2301&sid=2&lang=en

If you just purchased the drive then you should be able to return it to the place of purchase. However, if you are past the return policy, you can create an RMA through WD and replace the drive under warranty if necessary.

How to RMA (Replace) a drive through WD
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8

Please consider contacting our support team if we can be of any further technical assistance, or for help with replacing your device under warranty. We can be reached via email or phone below; be certain to reference this Newegg review when you speak with our staff.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/9/2014 12:53:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsFirst DRM hard drive

Pros: Lots of ssd in this hybrid

Cons: DRM in a hard drive! Lose the USB key and the disk is disabled. It's ridiculous!

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Spark, thank you for your post. This drive does not have any type of DRM. The USB key is just used to link a user to the WD site so that they can download the Black2 installation software. However, if a customer doesn’t want to use the key or doesn’t have it, the software can be downloaded from our support site independently. I included a link below to our FAQ section that talks a little about the USB key and a link to the drive’s software download.

WD Black2 FAQ’s
http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1190#tab10

WD Black2 Software Download
http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=2301&sid=218&lang=en

Please allows us to further assist you directly, so we are able to address your technical concerns and work to provide a positive outcome to your overall experience. You can reach us by phone or email below, and when you speak with our support team be sure to reference this Newegg review.
(800) 275-4932
http://support.wdc.com/rs

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