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WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

  • Next-generation desktop performance HD designed to intensify PC experience
  • Improved Architectural Designs, Data Protection. Superior responsiveness
  • 5-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Andrew S.
  • 12/17/2014 9:51:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsVERY LOUD,

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Decent speed and value

Cons: VERY LOUD READ AND WRITE. I received this hard drive from WD, and while it has average performance, it it is extremely loud when seeking, reading or writing. This can be heard through the case, and is very disruptive. I don't think it's defective, just loud by design. I'm looking at other hard drives now and might just return this one. It's very disruptive.
Also, on a side note, black hard drives in my opinion are not justified by the hype or raised price tag, as the boost in performance is almost unnoticeable from their blue model, or any other brand 7200 rpm for that matter.

Other Thoughts: Disappointed in WD, as previous RMA's have been extremely difficult, even in one case when they said they would 2-day ship me a new hard drive, but when I called a week later, said they had 'no record' of the conversation and said I made it up. Not appreciated, and DEFINITELY WILL NOT BE USING WD IN THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Brian M.
  • 12/16/2014 2:53:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsClicks....

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Love the size...wish I would have purchased it over Black friday instead of waiting a week longer and paying a bit more...

Cons: Clicks. I've only been using this hard drive for 2 weeks and it clicks. It doesn't click all the time, only at certain points (I think when it's writing, still not 100% on that) but it does click and to me it's noticeably annoying.

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  • Stephen R.
  • 12/14/2014 5:43:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNEWEGG FALSE ADVERTISING

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: SITTING IN PACKAGE, waiting to purchase the rest of items before I build.

Cons: I purchased this hard drive last week, Newegg advertised that this item came with a copy of DEADRISING 3. Upon receiving hard drive in mail yesterday, it did not come with the game card it had advertised. Online return helpdesk denied any acknowledgement of the deal that ultimately made me pull the trigger.

Other Thoughts: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800998189

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  • Daniel A.
  • 12/9/2014 2:40:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsArrived on time Flawless install

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Lots of data storage for the price. Works flawlessly with my native drive to give me additional space without slowing down my computer.

Cons: It was a bit more complicated than just plug and play, but after looking up a web help site installation and set-up went flawlessly. Also, I knew this product came without a SATA cable, but it would've been nice if it was included.

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  • Lawrence G.
  • 12/4/2014 6:14:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally great fast drive!

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: It works! The3 TB Black Series I purchased is very fast. It is reliable and also very quiet.
It installed effortlessly and Windows 7 addresses the entire 3 TB after you initializing with GPT.

Cons: You pay a premium for top Black Series drives but it is worth in in perofrmance, reliability and 5 year warranty.
No other cons to mention.

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  • David G.
  • 11/8/2014 11:35:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: This drive is faster than the 1 TB drive it replaced. The five year warranty is excellent. Easy setup using the free Acronis software from the Western Digital web site.

Cons: I have not found any cons so far but I will update this review if I have any issues.

Other Thoughts: I used Acronis Clone Drive to copy over my old 1 TB drive. I recommend using this free software provided by Western Digital.

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  • William M.
  • 11/5/2014 8:55:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDRIVE STARTED CLICKING 3 WEEKS AFTER PURCHASE

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Size, build quality, warrant is supposedly 5 years (but read below on how WD can unilaterally shorten the warranty to 7 months).

Cons: The drive started making a noise like a single click which lasted a 1/2 second every 6 seconds or so about three weeks after purchase (when the drive was filled 1/3 to capacity). I ran WD's diagnostic software, both the basic test and the extended test said the drive was fine. But the clicking persisted. Four weeks and 5 days after purchase I called WD's tech support line and was told that the drive is defective if it continued to "click" after the SATA data cable was removed and the system powered back up with the power cable connected. Thus, 5 days after Newegg's return period lapsed, WD told me I had a defective drive. So I can't return the drive to Newegg (without an exception to policy, which they haven't granted), and WD wants to send me a re-certified drive with a 6 month warranty. Even though I paid for a new drive and a 5 year warranty. I am really ANGRY that I will only get 7 months warranty and somebody else's re-certified drive (maybe with its problems fixed, but maybe not) instead of a new drive, which is what I paid for a little more than 4 weeks ago.

Other Thoughts: I have only purchased WD Black and WD RE drives since my bad experiences with Maxtor and Hitachi in the early 2000s. Perhaps its time to change drive manufacturers...

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  • George M.
  • 11/4/2014 6:04:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Drive, But Random Clicks

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Plug and play, it's a HDD. ATTO Disk Benchmark showed up to 164/180 MB per sec write/read- pretty good.

Cons: I can't figure out when the clunking is happening, but it is. During write/read operations it is fine, but when basically idle, it makes random clicking sounds- one or two pops at a time. It's the same sound heard on long write/read operations on a fragmented drive, but this is a virgin drive and the sound is random, not associated with direct write/reads. Strange. I can't figure it out, not sure if it's worth an RMA (this is a data drive, not OS), but I have to take an egg off for it. Hoping that it takes care of itself as time goes on.

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  • adam b.
  • 10/28/2014 8:19:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVERY poor success rate

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: long warranty and large amount of space
Other than that there are none with the physical drive as I never got a chance to even use it because it failed while preparing the drive for use.

Cons: Drive DIED while preparing it for use. I've bought many Western Digital Blacks in my time and have never have had any fail so quickly. I am careful when handling the drives.

Other Thoughts: I ordered these and one had failed within a couple weeks. I requested an RMA on the dead drive and the replacement drive was not very well packaged in my opinion. the tiny box it was shipped in was just big enough for the drive and the air bag they pack them in. I first plugged in in via a USB and it didn't show the full capacity. I then plugged it into the motherboard and went to format it so that i could rebuild my raid setup. Before I could even start using the drive, it had started making the click of death, though not very loud at all then the drive was no longer recognized in windows and if BIOS even saw the drive, it reports 0 capacity.

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  • Nadir N.
  • 10/28/2014 4:00:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot a robust drive. Vibrates.

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Other people say its fast.
Has a longer warranty period.

Cons: Noisy (low pitch vibration noise and loud head seeking noise).
Bad firmware gets confused due to incompatible SATA drivers on PC resulting in overheated drive.

Other Thoughts: Not worth the extra money. I would not recommend this drive. When I put this drive in, my pc would hang up whilte trying to format this drive. If I booted with this drive attached, the drive would go into some sort of crazy mode causing it to get so hot that I could barely hold the drive. Turned out that the drivers on my win7 64bit were bad because after a windows re-install, this drive worked. But tells you a lot about poor firmware error handling and can easily damage the drive due to over heating.

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