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Western Digital WD3001FAEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • Maximum performance for power computing
  • Dual processor speed
  • Rock-solid mechanical architecture
  • 5-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • John V.
  • 11/14/2013 4:48:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: It died before I could put anything on it

Cons: Dead on arrival

Other Thoughts: Drive made a violent clunk on first boot. BIOS attempts to detect it while the drive continues to make strange noises then BIOS gives me a "failed" message. I purchased a black series hoping for a more reliable drive than the green it is replacing. Hopefully the replacement I have requested will work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear DaleNixon, it is unfortunate that you have experienced a drive failure. Western Digital does rigorously test and verify all of our drives, with burn-in and diagnostic tests prior to shipping, however there are many variables that could affect the drives integrity between leaving our warehouses prior to being installed in a computer. We stand behind our warranty for the duration of the products provided warranty period, and as such, we are here to support our products regardless of the circumstances. We would like to assure you that what you have experienced is something abnormal. For additional assistance, please contact us at at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/

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  • Kevin F.
  • 11/4/2013 6:28:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood overall drive. Large storage capacity.

Pros: I know the true test of any hard drive is time, but this drive is fast, quiet, and has given me no problems whatsoever. If it happens to fail (which I don't deem very likely), I'll re-write this review.

Cons: None so far.

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  • William E.
  • 10/30/2013 1:58:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFast to fail

Pros: Bought due to good reputation.

Cons: I purchased three of these drives on 9/14/13....one has already failed, on 10/30/13!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer, we are very sorry to hear that your drive did not function so soon after it was delivered. Western Digital does rigorously test and verify all of our drives, prior to shipping, with burn-in and diagnostic tests. As a troubleshooting step, we recommend running either our WINDLG diagnostics software or Macs built-in Disk Utility to check your drives health.

How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Win
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940

How to test a drive for defects or problems on a Mac
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/866

We do stand behind our warranty and replacement policy and would appreciate the opportunity to replace your drive for you. Please click the following link for our replacement procedure.

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

We would like the opportunity to assist you on this case and answer any questions you may have on this issue. Please contact us at at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/

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  • robert e.
  • 9/20/2013 7:10:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggskudos to WD

Pros: none yet

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: not reviewing product yet, but want to throw some love western digital's way. the drive is a WD Black- they have 5 year warranty. this drive showed 5 months already gone on the WD web site(good thing i checked) WD fixed me up with the full 5 years w/o any trouble, just had to email them.

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  • Mr G.
  • 7/23/2013 1:03:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWD3001FAEX

Pros: Large Capacity and the reliability of a "WD black" drive

Cons: Listed warranty is not accurate

Other Thoughts: Warranty listed incorrectly at newegg
I purchased this because of the 5 year warranty but here at newegg it only indicates "2" years.
I was going to return it but I checked into it and after
contacting Western Digital and registering the hard drive. My drive does have a warranty through May of 2018...a 5 year warranty as I believe is true for all WD black hard drives.

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  • jonathan i.
  • 7/10/2013 8:35:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD 3TB Black

Pros: I've been running this as a storage drive in my system for almost a month now, and so far I haven't run into any issues. Of course the true test of any drive is the test of time, so I'll just have to wait and see how it holds up over the coming months/years. Luckily my experience with other WD Black drives (and WD drives in general) has been very good thus far. I've been running a 2TB Black for 3 years, no issues so far.

This drive offers good performance considering its spindle speed and platter density, and it also runs relatively cool and quiet considering its platter count (either 4 or 5... idk, more on this later). Subjectively it doesn't sound any louder under heavy workload than my 2TB Black, which is also used for storage. According to HDTune the 3TB Black achieves an average sequential throughput of 146 MB/sec (Max: 167.6 MB/sec, Min: 122.8 MB/sec) and has an access time of 9.4 ms. I managed to get this for $204 with a promotion code. It's not the highest performing 7200 RPM drive on the market, and it definitely isn't the cheapest, but I like the 5yr warranty and general reliability of WD's Black lineup (compared to the 2yr warranty from the competition).

My core system specs include an i7 970, ASUS Rampage III Extreme, 18GB DDR3 1600, GTX 480, and a 240GB Intel SSD 520 (boot drive). I was able to create a single large partition on this drive, which surprised me. I was under the impression that you needed a UEFI motherboard in order to address greater than 2.2TB partitions, but the latest BIOS version for the Rampage III Extreme says that it now supports larger than 2.2TB drives. I was skeptical at first, but sure enough it worked without a problem. Just be sure to use GPT when creating the partition.

Cons: None so far for the drive itself, although the packaging from newegg was bad. I've bought quite a few OEM drives from newegg in the past and they've always arrived properly packaged with two plastic retainers on both ends of the drive to restrict movement during shipping. This time it arrived with nothing but shipping paper pressing it against one side of a large cardboard box. Made me real nervous, but like I said no issues so far.

Other Thoughts: WD silently launched this drive a few months after the 4TB version, and even today there's surprisingly little information about it online. There are no professional reviews available on any tech site that I'm familiar with. I couldn't even find user reviews in forums. The only information I found prior to purchasing this drive came from WD's official documentation, which is quite vague and lacking the comprehensive information I'm interested in (like platter count, and real world benchmarking results). Luckily WD's 4TB Black received much more attention at launch, and based off of those reviews I can probably assume that the 3TB drive shares the same 800GB platter density as its slightly older 4TB sibling. But I'm still uncertain about platter count. As far as I can tell this drive is identical to the 4TB version externally. WD certainly could've gotten away with using 4 platters in this drive, as opposed to the 5 platters in the 4TB version (800 x 4 = 3200). I had concerns about heat, noise, and longevity from a 5 platter drive, so I hoped this wouldn't be the case for the WD's 3TB Black. Unfortunately my benchmarking results seem to suggest that this is in fact a 5 platter drive (physically identical to the 4TB version), with a TB of the inner sectors disabled. This might explain the unusually high minimum throughput results, and the relatively flat performance curve I've been seeing during benchmarking.

Oh, and to Bungle: I don't think you're reviewing the right drive. This is an OEM, you're not supposed to get anything but the bare drive to begin with. And in any case, you base your hard drive purchasing decisions on whether or not a drive comes with the right kind of SATA cable? Really? Self rated tech level of 5... why does this not surprise me?

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  • James H.
  • 6/30/2013 2:14:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWD what are you doing?

Pros: Seems fast enough, largeish storage capacity.

Cons: The drive only had the SATA1 style clipless connectors... its 2013 it thought we moved past this the greater part of a decade ago. Not impressed, had I know this I would have went with a different drive.

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