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Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 5 years limited
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  • newegg High Performance Electronics Architecture The Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS boasts dual processors and 32MB cache to deliver ultra fast read/write performance.
  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface The Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS features the SATA II interface supporting up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-pluggable point-to-point connections for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg WD Data Lifeguard Technology Exclusive Data Lifeguard data protection features include shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.
  • newegg WD ShockGuard Technology ShockGuard technology instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations during operation. This technology enables WD Caviar drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Joseph H.
  • 5/8/2015 2:36:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHas stood the test of time

Pros: I purchased this hard drive in November 2008, and six and a half years later it is still serving me well with zero issues. Although I've since upgraded to an SSD for my OS drive, this continues to serve me well as a data drive. WD, you have created a great product that has stood the test of time with this one.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Other Thoughts: I remember way back when, an IBM IDE 8GB hard drive cost around $900, and I had it replaced under warranty 5 times; then an IBM 20GB replaced 3 times. After the 3rd 20GB failure I bought a 37GB Maxtor which gave me zero issues. I later sold the maxtor after upgrading to a 120GB WD when SATA came around; I then added another 250GB WD years later for more space. Neither WD drive gave me troubles, I am certain I would still be using them if I had not lost them in a house fire. This 1TB WD has been a fitting replacement for both drives, and I would recommend a WD drive to anyone.

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  • Robert M.
  • 4/22/2015 12:23:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill working

Pros: Still working, 5 years later

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: I bought this when they stopped making Enterprise drives.
(They started making them again in 2014).

I was concerned, I always pay more for a drive that should last a decade.

I've moved this to a backup server.. still running after FIVE YEARS.

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  • Merry H.
  • 4/12/2015 8:48:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lots of space

Cons: Died right when the warranty was over

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  • Pierre B.
  • 3/21/2015 6:20:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Running

Pros: Good Product

Cons: Nope

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  • Arthur L.
  • 3/10/2015 6:10:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorkhorse

Pros: I bought two of these drives five and a half years ago and one of them is showing signs of age, so I'm on this site shopping for a replacement before it fails completely. They've been in use all day nearly every day for all that time performing flawlessly, so I'll be getting WD Black again. My only question is whether to buy a replacement for one or both. How silly would I feel buying two if the other one lasts years longer still!

Cons: They don't install themselves on command.

Other Thoughts: I wish all the things I bought were as reliable as these drives.

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  • Michael M.
  • 3/8/2015 11:36:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid workhorse

Pros: My two oldest WDCB 1TB drives are approaching their 5th year of service. As in 42,000 hours of 24/7 on demand read and write at any given time service. They are still working well. It is true they aren’t nearly as fast as they once were, nor as quick as their newer versions installed right alongside them. However, they are still as dependable as the day I first installed them.

I wasn’t going to bother with a review, as these drives are fairly old by technology standards, but as someone thought a 1 egg review was acceptable for a product that worked for five years and suddenly died just after warranty, I felt it necessary to counter with the quality of service I’ve had with the 2 WDC 1TB drives over the past 5 years. These are installed in a system designed and used 75% of the time running video games, 20% streaming music (from these very HDDs as well as online), and 5% ‘real’ work. 24/7. I shut it off every few weeks or so because it’s an electronic device, and its software is developed by humans. In other words, it’s not perfect, and at times requires power cycling.

I have 2 additional WDCB 1TB drives installed that have seen about half the service time these two FAEX ones have, and I have no doubt I’ll end up replacing them with multi-TB SSDs long before they cease functioning.

Western Digital are the only drives I buy for systems I build, and the only ones I recommend when choosing to install mechanical HDDs. Obviously, my experience with these drives is a drop in the bucket relative to the hundreds of millions of HDDs installed over the years, from multiple companies, across the entire world. It’s always possible one may have a radically different experience when using these drives. If so, by all means reflect that in a review or statement. 1 Egg for 5 years of operation, (we have zero knowledge of how the drive was installed and used by the user… I’ve seen computers buried under 50 pounds of books and paper, stuffed animals and and a few dozen layers of dust… this environment would be detrimental to electronic equipment), doesn’t exactly do wonders for credibility.

Cons: Well, 2 of these drives have not quit on me after nearly 5 years of 24/7 service, what am I suppose to put here?

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  • Jose B.
  • 3/7/2015 6:17:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBought in 2009, Still Alive And Kicking!

Pros: It wasn't as cheap back then, but I'm a HUGE WD (Western Digital) fan. In my opinion they make the best HDD. I bought this HDD back in 2009. It is now 2015 and this HDD is astill alive and kicking hard. I'm actually in the process of building my latest PC build and will be moving this HDD along with my new machine.

Cons: None

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  • Charles K.
  • 2/20/2015 7:32:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFailed with 2 months left on warranty

Pros: I only buy WD Black drives now, because every one I have owned (maybe 6-7) have lasted almost EXACTLY 5 years. These will last. When you do need to send it in for RMA, assuming it's still under warranty, the process is painless and there are never any questions asked. Replacement comes quickly, usually within about 2 weeks.

Cons: Not really a con since all mechanical drives eventually fail, but every one I've had fails within 3-4 months of the 5 year warranty period. Sometimes before the warranty expires, sometimes afterwards. It's astonishing how accurately these have been engineered to fail at the 5 year mark.
That said, every other drive I've purchased regardless of capacity, manufacturer, etc. (maybe 30 or so over many years) has failed much sooner than 5 years.
they are also kind of loud. You can easily hear the heads moving and in a quiet room it always makes me feel like the drive is about to come to a screeching halt.

Other Thoughts: Keep your receipt and the box. It may sit on the shelf for 5 years, but it will come in handy when you need to send it in for RMA if it's still under warranty.
Also, I've been able to salvage 100% of my data by booting a Live Linux cd and running disk recovery tools. It took 3 1/2 days to recover a full 1GB drive, but it was worth the wait.

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  • Ruben M.
  • 1/31/2015 1:11:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJust under the warranty

Pros: It worked ok while it worked for 5 years, but now that I need the warranty the time is up.

Cons: Broke down right after the warranty has expired. I am stuck needing to get a new one.

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  • Farhan S.
  • 11/26/2014 5:53:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Running!

Pros: Had this drive about 5 years now, and its still running! knock on wood.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Was an internal drive for half its life, then I retired a PC and use this in an external USB 3 dock, and works great.

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