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WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

  • Next-generation desktop performance HD designed to intensify PC experience
  • Improved Architectural Designs, Data Protection. Superior responsiveness
  • 5-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • David L.
  • 8/18/2014 9:38:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and quiet

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: This drive replaced a close to 5 year old WD 1 TB (FALS) Black drive. I also have a WD 2 TB (FAEX) Black drive in my desktop . This drive is both quieter and runs cooler than both of the other older WD Black drives. It is subjectively faster than both of the older drives as well without the SSD caching I describe below.

Cons: None to this point in time.

Other Thoughts: After installing the drive I did a full format and copied over the contents of the 1 TB drive to it. I then installed an unused Intel 40 GB SATA II SSD that I had. I installed and set up the ASUS SSD caching software provided with my motherboard (P8Z77-V Deluxe) with this new 3 TB drive as I do a fair amount of gaming and I thought this might help with quick reloads. It is certainly faster at fast reloads than from the 1 TB drive (without the SSD caching) but it isn't as fast as I was hoping.

Overall I am quite pleased with this drive and my purchase from Newegg.

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  • Joseph R.
  • 8/10/2014 3:34:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUse at your own risk

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: high storage

Cons: unreliable. completely died in less than 2 months. No warning, no indication, just flat out I/O error. gone. dead. 100% loss. Several other drives I have were raided for the important stuff, but this drive was holding over 2TB of steam games, which is going to take forever to redownload them.

My Setup:
OS: 128 GB SSD OCZ
RAID 1: 1TB HDD Seagate x2
Games: This now dead drive.

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  • Damaris B.
  • 7/12/2014 2:21:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStorage

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Decided to raid two of these and I think the benchmark showed in the mid 300's on both read/write

Cons: Pretty loud for a HTPC in a theater when the case is close to your couch

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  • INSHAN S.
  • 7/10/2014 3:33:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswdc sucks

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: none

Cons: this drive came to my hand just one day, after overnight data transferred, it looked ok, packed up and client showed up to take drive, before leaving, he would like to try drive and guess what happed? drive dead on the spot with no sign, it was so embarrassing and wanted to dig a hole jumping into it, how WDC can make drive such low quality, I will permanently lost clients confidence that I have been built up so many years.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Inshan, we regret to see the initial installation of your Customers WD Black ended unsatisfactorily. We would like to work with you directly to address your concerns and resolve this particular issue for you with a positive overall outcome. Please consider contacting our support team by phone or email at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs
Be sure to reference this Newegg review with our staff so we are able to connect you with the appropriate team member.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 6/26/2014 12:37:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works, noisy though

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: makes more noise than my 500GB WD, which was silent. this thing you will hear spinning

Other Thoughts: the noise doesn't really bother me because it's not really loud, and ill never have to worry about space again. I'm just a gamer and I've never been too concerned with HDD's but if it helps my Magician software for my SSD says this HDD's stats are

Seq. Read: 36
Seq. write: 50

random read: 375
random write: 423

it should be noted I have windows 8.1 installed on a motherboard that doesn't have window's 8 drivers, just windows 7. so performance could be affected

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  • Bob N.
  • 6/26/2014 3:52:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Super large capacity, pretty fast transfer rates and a reasonable price. And so far it has been very reliable, extremely quiet and vibration free.

Cons: Heavier than most drives. Missing middle mounting hole and reports of other two being off making mounting a possible issue

Other Thoughts: I have three choices in mounting the drive so I am sure I can fit it in permanently. So far I have been using it in a plug in Icy Dock Hot Swap Backplane which does not use any screws so I cannot speak about the mounting hole issue directly.

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  • Christopher R.
  • 6/20/2014 3:50:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Drive

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: It tops out at 170MBps on my rig.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Tops out at 170MBps (according to Windows) on my rig.

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  • Adam B.
  • 5/14/2014 12:42:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot as expected

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Fast, when its not lagging

Cons: Lags, noisy

Other Thoughts: I got this based on all the reviews and specs and supposed amazingness. But my desktop now lags on retrieving information from it and I can hear it read/write from other rooms. I'm not happy with this much at all, especially since I spent nearly 250 on it. A replacement or such would be appreciated WD, since I got this instead of the Seagates I've gotten for years without fail.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer, we apologize for the inconvenience as this is not the intended experience for this product. We understand your situation and will gladly replace your in-warranty drive, as we stand by our products and their associated warranties. Our goal is to provide world class customer service, and part of that goal in this situation would be to replace your drive, and investigate the cause relating to the products defect.
How to get an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8

Please contact us at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs for any questions you may have.

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  • Tom C.
  • 5/12/2014 5:54:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Easy install in external enclosure...5 mins.

Cons: None

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  • Richard N.
  • 5/10/2014 11:29:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWD Black Series 3TB HDD

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: It came packaged in vacuum sealed anti-static bag with air cushion perfectly designed for HDDs so it should ship okay.

From looking at the externals, the HDD looks well built with no sensitive components on the back of the PCB like some HDDs.

Five year warranty is unrivaled.

Cons: Unfortunately, the HDD came DOA which is quite disappointing.

If this particular HDD is any indication, it is unreasonably loud for an HDD (louder than 10,000 RPM drive). But this is a defective unit so take this statement with some caution.

Other Thoughts: I really hate leaving a bad rating for something that arrived dead, but I have over 1.5TB of data I need to transfer to a larger storage drive, and having a drive come DOA isn't reassuring that I can put faith into this lasting. For me to lose all that data would take a solid month of 24/7 downloading to replace, so I'll be looking into different storage solutions.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer, we apologize for the inconvenience as this is not the intended experience for this product. There are many variables that could affect the drives integrity between leaving our warehouses prior to being installed in a computer; please note that all Western Digital products are tested and determined to meet WDs stringent quality standards before they are shipped to our resellers. You can replace your device through us directly by way of the link below.
How to get an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8

You may also contact us at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs

Please be sure to reference the fact that you are replying to a Newegg review when you speak with our support.

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