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WD Desktop Performance WDBSLA0040HNC-NRSN 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

  • 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
  • SATA

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • Lewis B.
  • 9/12/2015 8:55:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive, With One Caveat

Pros: The drive is nice and fast, reasonably quiet, and has gobs of storage space. WD support was terrific - see below.

Cons: The SATA connectors on this drive are completely unsupported mechanically. I have a 2TB WD Black drive and there is a plastic surround that takes some strain off the thin plastic of the connectors, but WD got rid of it. How do I know this? I broke the SATA data connector. Totally my fault, but this wouldn't have happened to the 2TB drive in the same circumstances.

Other Thoughts: After breaking the SATA connector, I contacted WD support to find out if there was any way to get the drive board replaced. They instead cross shipped me a replacement drive. As usual, it is "recertified" and the warranty went from 5 years to a few months, but they replaced the drive without cost which I wasn't expecting.

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  • Daniel E.
  • 4/19/2015 1:06:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive

Pros: 50% faster than my WD Black 1TB HHD [speed comparison listed below in Other thoughts].

All went well with data transfers as well.

The drive looks healthy.

Boxed version has a good warranty.

Cons: Inadequate Newegg packaging. I think Newegg management wants us to have good shipping, but they may need to venture to where the packing is done and observe for themselves the packing being done. This hard drive box was wrapped in the very large bubble packs, however, not enough were stuffed bottom, top AND sides. When the HHD arrived the package rattled loudly - a telling sign of poor packaging, and I was concerned. Charge me another dollar for popcorn please!!

No CD in the box, if you want one, download the file[s] from WD and make your own - before installing this drive. I was looking forward to a new utilities disk.

1 degree C hotter than my WG Black 1TB HHD.

These drives remain expensive.

Other Thoughts: I normally do not leave a note regarding installation for some, however, due to the high number of bad reviews I felt I should comment.

A note to some who may not be able to get this drive to work or you only see less than 4GB:

You can boot Windows from a 3TB and larger drive only if it is a 64 bit operating system, such as 64-bit Vista, 64-bit Windows 7, or 64-bit Windows 8, and then, only if you have a PC with an EFI/UEFI BIOS.

If you have the correct version of Windows, and this drive cannot be seen in BIOS or use all 4GB, update your BIOS [instructions should be in the motherboard manual or on the motherboard web site - make sure you have the exact motherboard for the BIOS update. If you have a 5 year or older computer, your BIOS may not support drives larger than 2GB.

The above does not take into consideration other problems, such as poor packaging, poor handling during shipment or bad drives from the factory.

My motherboard is 3 years old, however, I have installed all but the latest BIOS updates [last one unneeded] for this Gigabyte Z77X-D3H [that still chugs along at 4.3GHz on air, Intel i5-3570K CPU].

I did not need a WD utilities disk. My motherboard BIOS supports EFI/UEFI BIOS and I have Windows 7 64-bit.

Speeds from various drives:

Sequential, read then write [MB/second]:
64GB SanDisk USB [the very short one]: 133.2, 25.12
Intel 335 series 240 GB SSD: 466.5, 226.7
WD Black 1TB: 103.9, 101.6
WD Black 4TB: 151.2, 154.5

Great drive so far, and after benchmarking it, it looks healthy. If this drive lasts longer than 5 years, like my other WD Black drives, then I will be a happy puppy.

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  • Stephen S.
  • 3/8/2015 3:47:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

Pros: Only had it for a couple of weeks. No issues so far. I picked this drive for the WD reliability and performance. 5 year warranty compared to other drives that get 1 & 2 years.

Cons: Price is high compared to other drives with the same storage

Other Thoughts: Got this drive for $205 on sale. Retail box is nice because there is less chance of the drive coming DOA. Newegg does not pack the OEM drives that good.

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  • George A.
  • 3/1/2015 6:24:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black, the only way to fly

Pros: 5 year warranty, proven reliability of Black Series drives and did I mention the 5 year warranty? The drive is quiet, fast and reliable.

Cons: none that I have encountered

Other Thoughts: This is my 6th Black Series WD drive. The other 5 are all still working just fine, I just keep filling them up and have to buy more. Black Series drives cast a few dollars more than the other series drives but it comes down to this: IT IS YOUR DATA. What is your data worth to you? I will happily spend a few extra dollars for a better product and the peace of mind that comes along with that. If you are in the market for a new SATA Hard drive, you really want to go with a Black Series WD or an Enterprise Series if you are installing drives into a RAID box (Enterprise drives are designed for high temperature environments).

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2014 5:17:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsRetail Box 4TB 64mb - not 32mb

Pros: These are 64mb cache not 32mb. I purchased from another local store. These are retail box, 4tb, 64mb cache drives, 7200rpm. I checked the serial numbers online for warranty and they said 5 years and some change from my purchase date. Awesome. Picked up 2 of these with close serial numbers, first 4# matched, so,they are closely batched. Using them in the WD NX4 NAS box. Got that with no drives. It's pretty sweet. Use this with Acronis to manage the backups also. I have always used WD black drives, 1,2 and now 4 TB. They are amazing and reliable and fast. Started buying retail box drives, seem more reliable and stable, and tend to last longer for a small price. I would say its worth it. Comes with Acronis on NE. Get it, it's fun to back up your data. These are very quiet drives and low temp, no warnings yet. Happy Day!

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: Awesome drives, would buy again.

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