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Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

  • Optimal storage for NAS and scale-out architectures
  • Cost-effective
  • 24x7x365 reliability
  • 5-year limited warranty
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Learn more about the Western Digital WD3000F9YZ

Model

Brand
Western Digital
Series
WD SE
Model
WD3000F9YZ

Performance

Interface
SATA 6.0Gb/s
Capacity
3TB
RPM
7200 RPM
Cache
64MB

Physical Spec

Form Factor
3.5"

Features

Features
A pedigree in enterprise
Designed for quality and reliability
Dual processor
RAFF rotational vibration cancellation technology
Dual actuator technology
StableTrac
Multi-axis shock sensor
RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER)
NoTouch ramp load technology
Thermal extended burn-in test
Dynamic fly height technology

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Warranty

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


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  • Jason I.
  • 2/19/2014 4:24:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood hard drives

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: All 8 worked out of the box, which is more than I can say about my last experience with Seagate.

Cons: More expensive than a normal hard drive, but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: In my opinion, there shouldn't be any difference in an enterprise class drive vs a "normal" drive... they should all be up to the same quality and durability standards. Too bad I don't rule the world.

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  • Per B.
  • 1/22/2014 11:15:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsQuiet and Fast

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: This drive is quiet and fast. I use it as the secondary data drive next to my main SSD drive. I have had no issues with the drive so far.

Cons: None.

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  • Scott T.
  • 1/16/2014 1:08:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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1 out of 5 eggs1 of 4 DOA

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Value for size

Cons: I've ordered many drives over the years and this is the first time I have a DOA and on an enterprise drive! Purchased 4 for a NAS and one of the four was DOA. If that is the level of quality control on new drives, I am now worried about the durability of the rest of these drives.

Other Thoughts: I had to pay shipping back to Newegg for the RMA. I think WD should reimburse either newegg or the customer for this. Preferably the RMA should be cost free and hassle free for the customer.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello stewks, it is unfortunate that you experienced a faulty drive. Western Digital takes great care in ensuring that all of our drives are in good working condition before they are shipped to our resellers. Please note that there are many factors that can affect the drive integrity before reaching their destination. 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 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/.

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  • Shine C.
  • 11/26/2013 2:53:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
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3 out of 5 eggs2 Drives ordered one DOA

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Ordered 2 drives for video security system.

Cons: 1 drive good, 1 drive DOA, will not spin up. Will RMA

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  • John M.
  • 11/18/2013 6:28:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsHigh Vibration but it works

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Gets the job done

Cons: High Vibration while running... for the first few days the noise was terrible. Turned out the drive was slightly loose in the chassis... swapped bays with another drive which fixed the noise but it drive still vibrates quite a bit in operation. Probably 2-3x what I would consider normal.

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5 out of 5 eggsReliable & Fast HDD!

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: The SATA3-6GB/s speeds are quick, even when limited by the 7200RPM platter speed. Throw the three terabytes of storage space into the equation and you’ve got a fast, quiet, and very large single hard disk storage option; though the SE drives are meant to be scaled. The drive has been rock solid. I haven’t had even the smallest issue with this drive during the two weeks of testing.

Cons: HDDs don’t have SSD transfer speeds. This hard drive doesn’t seem to be that much faster than my SATA2-3GB/s HDDs, which I believe is because the drive is limited by the spinning 7200RPM platters. This drive has a hefty price tag at the time of this review (October 2013), but that is likely because of its plethora of storage space, being rated for NAS, and having a five year warranty.

Other Thoughts: I set this up in my windows desktop which already had a SATA3 1TB hard drive installed. I was able to transfer a 3.07GB ISO file from a folder on my desktop to this Western Digital drive in 19 seconds. I was able to measure with hard drive testing software a maximum transfer rate of 172.5 MB/s, average of 159.8 MB/s, with the slowest speed being measured at 132.7 MB/s. The access time of this drive was 10.3 ms, which is faster compared to my other similarly sized drives (which at best had 11.7 ms access time). This drive, under use, was measured running at 40°C/~105°F in my very cramped µATX case (compared to the original drive which was running at 43°C/~110°F). However, it ran at 27°C/~80°F in an actively cooled eSATA external enclosure. This drive seems to be significantly heavier than other SATA HDDs in my inventory. I wasn’t aware all those extra bits weighed so much! As with any HDD/SSD you should maintain a backup of essential data, but that being said, this seems to be a reliable, large, and scalable storage solution.

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5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: >3Tb
>SATA III
>64Mb Cache
>7200rpm

Cons: >None at this moment in time on a Win8 system with UEFI mobo

Other Thoughts: I am using this as a replacement for my media drive and right now, the drive is a little less than a quarter filled. This is not quite enough to induce a 'slow-down' just yet, so posting Crystal DM scores would be misleading. However, I do not anticipate any kind of 'slow-down' that would not already be expected from an HDD as it fills.

The installation went off without a hitch. Combined with Windows 8 and a ASUS Maximus V Formula motherboard, everything to handle large, single partition drives was already there. If you are running windows, you will need a motherboard with an EFI firmware, or one that deploys a special workaround to use GPT addressing.
Once the drive was attached to the computer (I used an external dock for this), the drive had to be initialized. I set it to GPT - do not use MBR if you want a single partition - and formatted into NTFS. After that, the move onto the new drive was pretty text book.

After the drive gets a little closer to 50% utilized, I will run Crystal DM on it and post the scores.

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5 out of 5 eggsScalability and Reliability

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: As mentioned in the title, the big advantages of this drive are the scalability and reliability features of this drive, combined with high performance.

This hard drive was created by Western Digital with large business servers in mind. The primary feature in mind was the ability to be used in conjunction with many other hard drives, and that is where we get the WD SE drive series. Like the WD RE and XE brands this hard drive is capable of working in a configuration of over 24 hard drives. A feature that the WD Red series and lower series are incapable of. This allows for much more complex and extensive server connections to be available.

The performance of the drive is quite good. As compared to similar hard drives by other manufactures, through tests performed by companies this drive beats or comes close to their performance. Even when this drive fails to beat the other drive in performance, the performance is very consistent and does not vary as much.

Using Crystal Disk Mark, I was able to get these results:
SEQ-Read: 174.1
SEQ-Write: 172.6

512KRead: 56.47
512KWrite: 101.9

4KRead: 0.716
4KWrite: 1.989

4KQDRead: 1.838
4KQD3: 1.985

Compared to a WD 2TB and a Samsung 2TB I also have in my system which perform close to each other, the WD SE 3TB drive performed between 153% and 165% faster in general write and read speed than the other drives. Since this drive became my new backup drive because of its high reliability, I was able to copy data off both 2TB hard drives simultaneously with hardly any slow down in transfer.

In other words, this drive was able to perform at transfer speeds close to the other two drives combined! This probably comes as result in large to the dual processors located on board and the fast DDR2 memory.

Cons: Going by WD design, this hard drive has less performance than the WD RE and XE brands.

This is not really a con, as the hard drive performs excellent in all tests I performed. I only list it, because it is a con in comparison to the higher end drives by design.

A minor con comes as result of the drives power saving features. While I have mixed feelings about this, the drive takes between 5-10 seconds to get up to speed if you have not accessed it in a while. It is probably for the best, since the drive not in use will save power and last longer, but I don't like when I finish typing an email or reading online for 15 minutes or so and the drive is spun down.

Other Thoughts: I have a lot of faith in this drives ability to work. It is not loud, and seems to run smooth. With the extensive amount of testing put on the drive by WD, I have high doubts that many of these drives will be sold that are bad. While compared to some hard drives, it is a little expensive, but the drive is one of the most reliable hard drives on the market.

While this drive is not able to perform quite as good as the WD RE and XE hard drives, it still performs excellent. The hard drive gives faster speed than I have ever experienced with a hard disk storage solution.

If you are of need to set up a sever with large storage space and you don't want to have to worry about a drive failure for some time, I would highly recommend the WD SE series.

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4 out of 5 eggsEnterprise reliability, but at higher cost/GB.

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: SMART Identify Data:

Model: WDC WD3000F9YZ-09N20L0
Firmware: 01.01A01
LBA: 5860533168
Form factor: 3.5"
RPM: 7200
Interface: SATA
SATA Rev 3.0: Supported
Cache (MB): Not Reported
Commands queue: Supported
Queue depth: 32
NCQ: Supported

Runs cool and quiet for a 7200 RPM drive (32 C in an Antec One Hundred case).

Manufacturer Warranty: 5 years (great). My Seagate NAS drive is only 3 years. I've seen warranties as low as one year.

Supports time-limited error recovery (TLER) for RAID.

Cons: Higher cost than the same capacity non-NAS Hard Drive (but should be more reliable).

No encryption support. The Self-encrypting Drive (SED) Option is not included on this version of the drive.

Sequential performance is about 15% lower than my Seagate ST3000NC000 (another 3TB 7200 RPM NAS drive).
Measured (MB/sec): WD3000F9YZ ST3000NC000
OD (nearly empty): 175 185
MDa (half full): 150 170
MDb (3/4 full): 130 145
ID (almost full): 105 105
I focus on Sequential Performance. If you need high Random performance buy an SSD.

Also seem my 6/24/2013 review of the Seagate ST3000NC000, newegg item N82E16822178324.

Other Thoughts: Western Digital has an excellent Support web page (support.wdc). You should go there and Register your drive. The web page then gives you customized links to any software and documentation for each specific drive.

The critical component of any Hard Disk is reliability / longevity. This drive is optimized for 24/7/365 operation (time will tell).

Being over 2TB, I formatted the drive as GPT (GUID Partition Table). The older partitioning scheme MBR (Master Boot Record) used on hard drives since the PC first came out, supports at most 4 primary partitions per hard drive, and a maximum partition size of 2TB.
GPT is the newer partitioning scheme, supported by Windows XP x64 Edition (not 32 bit), Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista (and all subsequent Windows versions). GPT disk can support a volume up to 2^64 blocks in length (i.e. two trillion times 2TB) however Windows has other limitations.

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5 out of 5 eggsNAS-Optimized, Fast Read/Write Throughput, High Capacity

This review is from: Western Digital WD SE WD3000F9YZ 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: The drive claims to be optimized for NAS, so the most important factor, other than reliability, will be how fast it can access files (14 msec) and how fast it can read/write (leaning more towards read).

The drive has a burst of throughput at the start of file transfers which gradually declines in speed in a straight line. Therefore, I'll start by listing the read rate from the start of the benchmark to the read rate at the end of the benchmark. Each setting is with 1,000 files.

Palimpsest Read Benchmark (reads continuously without interupption):
1,000 1MiB files = 200MB/sec -> 146 MB/sec
1,000 10MiB files = 180MB/sec -> 144 MB/sec
1,000 25MiB files = 180MB/sec -> 144 MB/sec
1,000 50MiB files = 180MB/sec -> 144 MB/sec
I'm sure you know where this is going.

As for sequential writing, it is roughly ~10-20MB/sec slower than the read throughput.

When performing the sequential read/write tests, the read and write speed both suffer greatly. It starts at 180MB/sec then quickly drops to 140MB/sec within seconds and slowly declines to ~110MB/sec by the time it reaches the 1,000th file.

Cons: There is nothing bad to say about the product other than the expensive price ($200 currently) and the expectedly poor random read/write performance which is typical of magnetic hard drives. People who are looking for high performance in regards to random read/write throughput, however, buy SSDs, so this isn't a problem.

Other Thoughts: Although many people use NTFS partitioning because that is the only thing Windows supports, I do highly recommend using btrfs or ext4 instead as it is more efficient and removes the need for defragging. Many NAS-related products support drives with btrfs/ext partitioned drives which are presented to your network via samba so that Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, iOS, and Android clients can access it.

Personally, I've copied my entire 1.7TB media archive to this 3TB drive, which only took a few hours to rsync. I use the system as a Linux samba server which also serves many machines running distributed x264/ffmpeg/aac encoding. This drive suits this purpose fine.

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