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WD BLACK SERIES WD1600BEKX 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • Maximum performance for power computing
  • Dual processor,Dynamic Cache
  • Rock-solid Mechanical Architecture
  • Height: 9.5mm
  • 5-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Bruce K.
  • 1/5/2014 7:54:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSo Far, So Good

Pros: Good HDD so far. Better performance than the HDD it replaced. 7200 RPM. 16 MB cache. WD Black dual processor design.

Cons: Battery life is a bit shorter than with the previous HDD that was in this netbook I put it in, though not really a con for me, as this was basically common sense when going into the purchase. Higher RPM drives will do this to laptops/netbooks, but it's worth mentioning for those who may be upgrading. WD Black drives perform well, but as always, there's a price for that performance.

Along with that decrease in battery life, the one other typical sacrifice made in the name of performance is an increase in operational temperature. Don't get me wrong, this drive actually runs very cool, but it is running a little warmer than the drive it replaced. I highly doubt this will be a problem though, unless I'm using this netbook in high ambient temps.

Other Thoughts: Please note that my cons listed above are just in the interest of a fair review. Neither are cons to me, I wanted to try to make an older netbook useful again, and wanted the added performance that this HDD can offer.

the drive it replaced was an older Hitachi Deskstar 5400 RPM drive with an 8 MB cache. This WD Black drive has definitely produced a noticeable increase in overall performance. Before this upgrade, along with an increase in RAM capacity, this netbook was pretty sluggish in all aspects, but now it boots in half the time it used to take, and Windows 7 Starter and other programs are much quicker and have snappier response times now. Overall, I'm happy with the performance increase. The netbook still bottlenecks at the Intel Atom N450 CPU in it, so I'm limited to that regardless.

Also worth noting - I was very hesitant to get this drive due to the notoriously spotty quality control of 3.5" WD Black desktop drives in recent years. I'd like to think that a lot of the QC issues going on were in direct relation to the Thailand floods a few years back, perhaps the failure rates of WD Black desktop drives were a direct effect of whatever potential at-risk inventory they had left over after the flood. That being said, this is a new drive design/product, and if my aforementioned assumption is in any way correct, then this drive shouldn't be part of that leftover inventory.

Fingers crossed, hopefully I get a good, long life out of this drive.

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