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WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 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
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  • Tommy P.
  • 10/22/2014 9:45:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad HDD

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Fast and lots of storage

Cons: HDD died on me and WD Support wasn't much help. I guess I did all the things they would tell someone to do as they suggested RMA almost immediately.

I've only had the HDD running for a week. I won't touch Seagate HDDs as I've had too many problems with them in the past and this is my first WD Black and let's just say that this isn't leaving a positive impression.

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  • Danny L.
  • 10/15/2014 6:36:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWD3003FZEX

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: 2nd Gen WD Black
-High Res. Controller
-No Touch Ramp Load Technology
-Pretty good Sequential Read/Write
-It's responsive and minimizes stutter by few margin when playing games
-3TB is enough storage for games, movies, music, and pictures
-Good reliability and durability
-Excellent for gamers who want to store massive game applications, especially working on content creation for adobe photoshop as well as adobe premiere.
-Much faster than SEAGATE Barracuda 1TB

Cons: -Little bit noise during Read/Write operation due to Multi-Platter Disk
-It's not as fast as most modern SSDs
-It cannot boot into Windows, compared to SSD
-It'll eat a little bit more power than Single-Platter Disk
-800GB per Platter Density
-Still have moving parts
-A bit pricey, but you get decent storage and performance.
-Still stuck with bottleneck SATA 6Gb/s Host Interface
-i wish Western Digital will change it to PCI-Express interface or SATA Express interface to decrease latency in order to achieve faster read/write performance. Thus, we save time and money!

Other Thoughts: In order to achieve 3TB storage, you must have motherboard that supports UEFI mode in BIOS and you must set partition table to GPT, other you'll end up with around 2.2TB.

Maximum capacity in Windows 7 will be capped at 2.72TB.

HD Tune Pro Bencmark:

Minimum: 125.9MB/s
Average: 149.5MB/s
Maximum: 172.2MB/s

Access Time: 9.2ms
Burst Rate: 264.6MB/s
CPU Usage: -1.0%

Crystal Disk Mark (1GB Test):

Sequential-
Read: 153.6MB/s
Write: 150.7MB/s

Keep in mind, speed varies and not all drives will run at similar sequential read/write and even random 4k read/write queue depth of one. Access time is very important when it comes to transferring large data when opening multiple files at the same time.

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  • Roy S.
  • 10/10/2014 2:38:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs20% Fail

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: High Capacity

Cons: 20% failure rate, bought 5 and 1 DOA...

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  • joseph G.
  • 10/4/2014 4:50:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Pretty good speed
lots of space

WESTERN DIGITAL!!!
(big fan only had one out of probably 30 in the past 10 years fail)

Cons: not meant for RAID configurations (in the details)
somewhat loud under loads (sounds like old win 98 PC that was booting) key words being "under load" not all the time.

Other Thoughts: Not a bad drive overall...not as fast as SSD but that's why everyone puts their OS on an SSD nowadays.
I have a 1TB and this 3TB is 2 different PC's.

3TB- 2 partitions no OS 1TB used 1.75TB free
Min-105MB/s Max-180MB/s Avg-150MB/s
Access time 12.2ms Burst rate 330MB/s

1TB-1 partition OS installed 180GB used 750GB free
Min-16 MB/s Max- 163 MB/s Avg- 124 MB/s
Access time 16.4ms Burst rate 169 MB/s


Tested with HDTune Pro

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  • Travis B.
  • 10/2/2014 2:30:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood fast drive

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Great drive that seems pretty fast and capable for an HDD. Obviously it is nowhere near the speed of an SSD, but if I benchmark this compared to my WD Green drive this one comes out on top easily.

Cons: As this drive doesn't hibernate or sleep as much as say, a WD Green, it does use more power in the long run. If you don't need the extra speed than this could be an issue, so if you just want to store media files than go with a cheaper drive like the Green. If you're doing something like gaming that's more drive intensive than this is worth the extra coin (and that extra cost is substantial).

Other Thoughts: This drive is a very capable drive, but also a very expensive drive. As with most things; make sure you need what you're paying extra for before you put in that order. Just storing pictures and music isn't going to require a more expensive drive like this.

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  • Francis S.
  • 9/25/2014 12:01:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: I can notice the speed. Very easy to install. I just connected to my PC. There is nothing else to do extra. Working great. I like Newegg too. Best service.

Cons: None

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  • Frank Q.
  • 9/19/2014 12:33:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggslet's hope it works

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: supposed to be fast and reliable

Cons: UPS delivery of the drive. Really need to place "Fragile" sticker on the box!

Other Thoughts: it was packed in a small box just large enough to accomodate the drive and it's air pillow packing. UPS tossed the box over the top of my front gate so it fell about 7-8 feet. Will have to test the drive tomorrow to see if it works. I'm definitely concerned about it's longevity after being treated so roughly!

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  • adam b.
  • 9/18/2014 2:43:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery unhappy with product

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Great warranty
Lots of space

Cons: I ordered 2 of these on September 2 and received them on the 4th and on the 18th, I woke up to find one had died.

Other Thoughts: I checked my bios settings, my raid configuration and it showed the raid config was broken because one drive showed 0 MB when it should have shown 3000 MB. I have NEVER had this problem with WD Black Drives before. I even have some old 750 GB drives that I bought back in 2007 that still hold well to this day. I've had high confidence in the black drives until now. I am HIGHLY disappointed in the drive dying in ONLY 2 WEEKS of ownership. This should not have happened with a drive from who I thought was a very reputable company.

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  • Derek G.
  • 9/12/2014 11:20:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad but not great

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Lots of storage for not too high of a price
Reliable and fast

Cons: I'm not sure if it'd be this way for all the drives, but my 3 TB drive only has 2.76 TB. I know all about how the memory allocation works and that you'll never get quite as much as memory devices say, but 250 GBish is pretty hefty/significant. Overall it's still not bad, but definitely worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's a solid purchase if you need a lot of space.

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  • Sean L.
  • 9/12/2014 4:32:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice drive +caveat.

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: -Performance?
-Plug and play, once you set it up in disk management.
-Okay price for the size

Cons: Nothing comes with this drive. Just a newegg box, and some packing bubbles. No Sata cable. No power connector, No installation spoons, nothing. If you're going to pay 200 bucks for a HDD, an 8 dollar SATA cable is expected.

I dinged this another egg because I really don't see any major performance increase over the WD Caviar Blue. And this is a bit more expensive than that line.

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