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WD WD Blue WD10SPCX 5400 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/2/2014 9:20:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNice for a data drive

Pros: Fit the other hdd bay(7mm originally meant for an ssd) under the optical drive(IIRC).

Cons: Slow. The primary drive shipped with this notebook is a 7.5k WD black 750GB drive and this drive is ssslllloooowwww compared to that drive, but there's NO other choice for the 7mm bay other than a MUCH more expensive ssd.

Other Thoughts: Also ended up fitting a Mushkin 128GB(wish that I'd sprung for 256GB now) msata which I use as the boot drive. System is a Sager NP8250-S. (NOTE: there is a 2nd msata slot on this model, but it is disabled because of design defect and IIRC this model has been retired and replaced w/the NP8255 which has the revised motherboard and functional 2nd msata slot. The NP8250 was NEVER advertised as having two msata slots, just hopes on various forums for a sw/BIOS fix, and while I could have weaseled a swap I opted to keep it as I'm unlikely to want to add a 2nd msata, just more likely a higher cap as raid is next to useless for ssd and with 2 2.5" bays I can SATA formfactor SSDs all day IF they ever hit useful caps/prices.)

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5 out of 5 eggsIts a WD

Pros: Where to begin Its a WD first of all and I have never had any problems with any of my WD purchases. From laptop drives to desktop drives to externals WD has always been my #1 choice... Anyways, I had some extensive time to test this puppy out, from having it in several different laptops to using it as an external drive this little drive fly's. It being a 1TB help a hole lot specially when converted to be used as an external, I currently use it as a backup to my backup's backup if that makes sense (-: I can install a Win 7 64 bit on this puppy in 7 min flat and Win 8.1 in less than 5min. Ive had a few ppl ask me if I wanted to sell them this drive and I told em flat out NOP. I said I can direct you to where they could purchase it and where else but NewEgg.com, So once they knew they always go NewEgg.

Cons: No Cons to speak of, I mean this drive has been dropped, as well as in external enclosure that was inadvertently dropped yet it still kept on chugging along (-:

Other Thoughts: Ive fixed quite a few laptops in my days and came across all sorts of drives. Never quite one like this my hats of to WD for designing such a elegant sturdy drive. Also I must thank the folks at Newegg's EggXpert Review Program for sending me this product, it has been a delight using it, testing it, as well as writing a review on it Thank You!
I will recommend this product to all of my customers I do computer work for, as well as family and friends.

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5 out of 5 eggsSize Matters

Pros: Small Drive. Large capacity.

I witnessed no issues with heat, sound, performance or reliability (within reason of what one could expect for only having used it only for a couple of months).

It's Western Digital. Nuff said!

Seriously though, everyone's got their favorite drive maker and everyone's got their horror stories of drive failures and lost data from the one time they strayed to the competition. For me, WD is the company that I've reliably used for the longest.

The cost vs capacity of this drive is attractive.

Cons: It's a 2.5" hard drive. The very definition denotes that observational performance isn't going to impress the majority of users. So if you are buying this drive to Wow yourself with an added performance boost, you'll be left looking again when it's all said and done.

Other Thoughts: I recently purchased a gaming laptop where the storage drive that it came with was a 750GB WD Black drive. I can't say that I'm overly impressed with that drive. But it works and keeps 750GB in a small package.

I swapped this drive for that one and will say that I'm no less impressed by this drive. That probably doesn't sound like much of a compliment. But the fact of the matter is that since the advent of SSDs, traditional hard drives, especially notebook drives, just don't do much to impress. So you can do a couple of things when comparing. You can benchmark them and display a bunch generally useless numbers that don't translate to real world performance, or you can go the subjective route and try to analyze the experience on your own terms. I've chosen the latter. And from what I could tell (or couldn't tell) was that there wasn't much difference between this drive and the 750GB in terms of performance.

That's not necessarily a bad thing though when you consider this drive is more affordable and is simply larger in size. So clearly it's the winner in my book and will be remaining inside my gaming laptop. 250GB of extra space for game installs is never a bad thing.

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  • Zoltan R.
  • 11/2/2013 1:36:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsCould be better drive

Pros: It is the first 7mm 1TB laptop HDD, suits well for Ultrabooks. So far working without problem in my Samsung Series 5 NP530U4E Ultrabook. I did not run speed benchmarks, but feels as fast as the 9mm 1TB 5400RPM HDDs.

Cons: -Noisy, produce twice the spinning and clicking noise as my previous Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB HDD. It turns off very often for few seconds and start spinning again. I start to hate hearing that every time.
-Expensive, had to buy in the USA, than manage here to Europe. It was still expensive.

Other Thoughts: It could be much better with 8-24GB integrated SSD cache, not sure where those HDDs are, since WD were enthusiast to release 7mm 1TB drive with SSD cache.

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5 out of 5 eggsGeared towards an Ultrabook

Pros: I'm going to dispense with the data transfer speeds, as other reviewers have already done a good job of providing that data.

I have to say that I really like this drive. I'm not sure how WD did it, but this thing packs 1TB of storage space into a super thin drive.

It has a different look and feel than the other WD drives I've used in the past. The WD10SPCX feels solid, is extremely thin and seems well built. I ran it in two different computers, one old Dell I had laying around and then in the newer laptop I currently carry. I didn't notice any difference in battery life, but both machines ran about 4 degrees cooler according to SIW. The drive also runs very quiet compared to the Seagate I have in my older laptop.

I like the 6Gbps transfer speed, but would have preferred a 32MB cache drive since it's only spinning at 5,400rpm. Boot times of both computers were within a few seconds of where they were before, so no problems there.

I would definitely recommend this drive to someone with an Ultrabook that needs a massive amount of storage.

Cons: The only con for me would be the price. This drive seems more geared towards ultrabooks that already run some form of SSD as the primary boot device. I don't know that I would spend the additional money on this drive if I were just going to throw it in my laptop because I needed more storage. There are cheaper alternatives if you just need some extra storage in your laptop.

Other Thoughts: All in all, this is a nice drive. Quiet, cool and well built. Keep up the good work Western Digital!

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Supporting Hard Drive

Pros: -Storage Size vs Physical Size
-Consistent Write/Read Speeds
-Low Noise Output
-Western Digital Brand name

The WD Blue 1 TB 5400 RPM Slim hard drive arrived securely to my doorstep via appropriately sized containers surrounded by anti-static wrapping & laptop HDD sized plastic holders. The slimness of the unit (as the name suggests) is rightly deserved as this unit is extremely low profile. I am very impressed at how much storage is on a disk of this size. The construction appears to be well crafted. solid, high quality parts.

Below are my findings from real world testing as compared to other types of storage:

Test: 9.65 GB Folder with numerous files of various sizes

WD Blue WD10SPCX 1 TB (Laptop Sized)
~72-78 MB/s

WD Black 2TB 7200RPM (Desktop Sized)
~105-112 MB/s

Corsair Force SSD
~140 MB/s

Cons: -Drive RPM Speed Limits Transfer Rates Considerably

The one thing holding this drive back is the RPM speed. I do understand that for the price range and capacity on the smaller disk format that it is still appropriate however. I would recommend that this drive is not used as a primary hard drive in a laptop system but as a supporting hard drive in conjunction with a SSD to boot from. It would be a nice compliment to a SSD for file/media backup and storage.

Other Thoughts: -2 Year Warranty (More than the standard 1 year warranty by law but not enough to give confidence).

I put this in Other Thoughts because they are just my thoughts as a professional and a consumer. I really wish Western Digital would consider giving mid-ranged hard drives 3 years on their warranty because not too long ago 3-5 years was the standard for most drives. It really shook my confidence in hard drive manufacturers when they lowered their warranty coverage. It makes me wonder how much compromise was made to the quality of internal mechanisms leading to failures (Platter Motor, Arms, etc). Sometimes the price difference between WD Blue and Black drives for the extra warranty coverage is almost half or more of the blue equivalent..

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5 out of 5 eggsA specific niche product

Pros: OK, this is the review you want to read. No long lists of speeds to wade through. I’ll tell you how it runs and what it’s best for and hopefully by the time I’m done you’ll know whether or not it’s the drive for you.
My drive arrived in an antistatic bag packaged with two plastic hard drive holders in a NewEgg box along with some bubble wrap. Nothing else was included, no cable or screws or drivers or instructions. For me this was no problem as the drive arrived undamaged and if you are buying this to use in an ultrabook or a notebook then you don’t need that other stuff. For some the lack of drive cloning software and a USB cable to transfer your Windows files will prove a hardship. Just be aware all you get is the hard drive and nothing else.
Obviously this drive is designed for those entry level ultrabooks where they include a high capacity mechanical drive and a small (30 Gigs or smaller) SSD as a cache drive using Microsoft’s Rapid Storage Technology driver. I’ve got a Lenovo U310 that came with a 500 Gig Seagate mechanical drive and a 30 Gig Samsung SSD. Overall it was a speedy performer but nowhere near as quick as a straight SSD drive but also not nearly as expensive.
The things with these ultrabooks is that they require a ‘slim’ drive because there isn’t enough room for a standard hard drive. This WD Blue drive is of the ‘slim’ variety. Actually looking at it, it’s kind of awesome that they can fit a 1 TB drive in so small a package. This the ‘Blue’ level drive which is the middle level, between the economy ‘Green” WD drives and the high performance 7200 RPM ‘Black’ level drives.
In the Lenovo the WD drive speed was indistinguishable from the Seagate Momentus slim 5400 drive that it came with. I wasn’t able to leave it in long enough to realize the full speed but in this scenario the WD drive performed admirably. With the 30 gig SSD cache the programs I use most regularly achieved good speed although boot up took about 30 seconds longer. If you are coming from a laptop with an older mechanical hard drive then the way programs open and files copy will seem amazing. If however you are used to an SSD then it will seem slightly lethargic. But the up side is that you will have virtually unlimited space for all your photos, videos and programs at a considerably lower price. It’s a tradeoff that you have to decide about.

Cons: Next I put the WD Blue drive in a mini system I just built using an ASUS Impact mini ATX board and a Haswell i5 4670K processor. This is as state of the art a system as you can get and I put the WE Blue into it as the boot drive. To be honest this is like putting a 4 cylinder econobox engine in a Ferrari body; it gets around but the match just isn’t optimal. Mostly the drive delivered reasonable performance. Programs opened relatively quickly and files copied decently but the boot time was almost 2 minutes and opening programs like Control Panel seemed to take forever. I had an older SATA ll OCZ Turbo SSD in this system and the difference was painful. Not only that but installing Windows 7 went from a snappy 15 minutes to a lengthy 45 minutes. Just installing the 133 Windows updates (over a fast broadband connection) took an hour. Once again, this molasses-like performance probably only seems so painful because I only use SSDs in my home computers. Obviously this 5400 RPM drive isn’t designed for this type of use. If you have a fairly new desktop and have to have a mechanical hard drive then a 7200 RPM performance drive is best for a boot drive.
Now this drive acquitted itself admirably when used as a secondary media drive to store all your files when you have a smaller SSD as your boot drive. I use a new Seagate 3 TB 3.5 5400 RPM drive as my main storage drive. The much smaller WD Blue drive actually was faster at copying files in some cases.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line is that this drive is most at home in an ultrabook with a small SSD as a cache drive. In that configuration it’s fast and quiet and runs cool. It won’t give you the performance of a true SSD but it doesn’t cost as much either. In an older laptop why spend the extra money for a ‘slim’ drive when a regular notebook drive, especially a 7200 RPM drive, will give you the same performance? This is also a good choice for a storage drive, especially in some of the newer mini ATX cases where there isn’t space for a full sized 3.5 hard drive.
I’m not knocking this drive. It’s well built and runs cool and is quiet. It has a very narrow niche as far as I can see. If you need a mechanical hard drive for an ultrabook then this one performs well. Just don’t buy it to use as a standalone boot drive because it’s really not up to the task.

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Runs cool and quiet, with comparable performance to similar drives. The fact that this drive only contains 2 platters will benefit its longevity and acoustics. The construction seems very solid. From my testing, the performance is about what you would expect from a standard 5400 2.5" drive. This drive is quite a bit smaller in height than another laptop drive I have.

Cons: Can be more expensive than other 1 TB drives, even those from WD. You're paying a bit extra for the more solid construction and better acoustics.

Other Thoughts: As it's a WD drive you can rest assured as to the quality... I have quite a few WD drives spinning happily in my various systems and other systems I have built and not one of them has failed on me.

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4 out of 5 eggsLow temps, higher price

Pros: I have run it for 3 days straight with testing program courtesy of work, and it stayed cool and quiet.
From a comparison standpoint, and only 5400RPM, it is a bit pricey.

Cons: I have found comparable listings of similar drives to be in the range of $35-$50 more than competitors.

It still isn't the coolest Laptop drive I have ran though.

Other Thoughts: The following test results were compiled from an average stand point, as I ran my test program 3 times.

Setup in the laptop: SATA III (6 Gbps) as Disk 0 (Primary/OS Partition)

OS Installation Time: Under 60 minutes (Updates stored on a server).

AVG READ:123 Mbps (3 tests)
AVG WRITE: 118 Mbps (3 tests)
NOISE: No noise could be detected by my ears, or my coworkers. I pressed my ear up to the case under the HDD bay and I could just faintly hear it running.
TEMP: The desk not warm, but not cool. The back of the case was warm to the touch. After opening it up immediately after all the testing was complete, I held it in my hand and it did make my palm pretty warm.

Not the coolest running HDD out there, but not the hottest.

The biggest thing I look for in Laptop HDDs is how loud they are and how cool they run. My motto with laptops is that they are for temporary tasks, or for off network use.

If it weren't for the price, I would have given it 5 eggs. If it weren't for the cool temperature turnaround, it would have gotten 3 eggs.

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5 out of 5 eggsWD Blue 1TB 5400 RPM Laptop Drive-WD10SPCX

Pros: Very solid construction. Ultra slim format with only two platters instead of the normal 3 for a drive this size. AT 6.9mm, thinner than some SSD's. Generous 16MB buffer, but spins at only 5400 RPM to reduce power draw. Capable of being used in an external enclosure without having an additional power source because of it's low power requirements. Drive is not only ultra slim, but is also ultra quiet, much quieter than the WD Blue 500GB drive that came out of the laptop I tested it in. Read and Write times are comparable to other SATA III platter type hard drives used in laptops.

Solid two year warranty.

Really considering moving this drive over to a different laptop I have that has room for two hard drives and using it in conjunction with a SSD drive for video encoding. I like it that much.

Cons: As mentioned before, the price is $40-$50 more than a comparable WD or Seagate drive. Not as fast as some Seagate drives I have that are comparable.

Other Thoughts: I clone the existing WD 500 GB drive in one of my laptops and replaced it with this unit. I used the laptop extensively at work for the last week with the laptop running a minimum of 10 hours a day. Battery life seemed to be better when running off a battery, and overall performace was very good. This drive emits absolutely no noise in the laptop it is in, and that's a good thing. It also seems to run much cooler, which is also a plus for a laptop that is on that long in a working environment.

Speed Tests:

ATTO in a true SATA III ( 6.0 Gbps)

Read: 123.6 Mbps
Write: 119.5 Mbps

ATTO as drive used in an external USB 3.0 housing:

Read 120.6 Mbps
Write: 119.5 Mbps

Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 when used in SATA III environment:

Read: 124.3 Mbps
Write: 119.6 Mbps

Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 when used in external USB 3.0 housing:

Read: 122.1 Mbps
Write: 121.8 Mbps

Overall I am very impressed with the drive, not only for it's slim size, but also for it's consistent speed and lack of noise. Granted, you can have problems with any hard drive as they are after all an electro/mechanical device and subject to a lot of different variables, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this drive to anyone based on it's merits. Only time will tell if it's going to have reliability issues as a whole, but right now I will give this a 5 Egg rating as I like it that much. I will post back if there are any issues that come up as I use it as a everyday workhorse drive.

Disclaimer: As a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer I am provided items to review to the best of my ability. I am neither compensated by NewEgg nor the manufacturer of the item that I am reviewing. The opinions I supply are only my own
based on having run my own computer company for some time and being involved in the computer repair and custom computer building business.

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