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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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  • A.L.E.R.T. .
  • 1/21/2015 4:45:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs1 good and 1 bad

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

Pros: We bought two of these and 1 was DOA. The other was easy to install and has worked great for about a week so far.

Cons: The other was easy to install and has worked great for about a week so far.

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  • Christopher R.
  • 1/12/2015 1:44:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAfter 6 mos....

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

Pros: WD BLACK SERIES (WD3003FZEX) 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache (The Typhoon years ago has made good hard drives very expensive for the average consumer. Most are now made in China with limited success. If it is worth anything... this one was made in the Philippines after rebuilding. It works great and an amazing warranty. You pay for what you get.)

Cons: Nione

Other Thoughts: See if you can find where the drive is made.

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  • Daniel Y.
  • 1/11/2015 9:05:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHappy WD Black 3TB

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

Pros: -WD Black series with 5 year warranty (longer than most others)
-Good consistent performance. Happy for a high performance/capacity spinning drive for desktop.
-Has not crashed since having it installed almost a month ago. (honestly have never had any problems with WD black drives for the past 4 years which is why I am sticking with them compared to problematic Seagate drives I've encountered)

Cons: -More expense than other drives of similar capacity and specs (had a special coupon code which put it at a price point I was ready to spend for an upgrade during the holiday break)
-Slightly louder than previous WD Black 1TB and 2TB drives, but nothing I can really hear when it's running inside a case. (Not hearing the "click" sound that others are reporting)

Other Thoughts: -Drive arrived in a sealed factory antistatic bag > inside a Pregis ChamberPak air tube cushioned container > inside another few airbags > inside a shipping box (which is better than what I have seen others use). Arrived in about 4 days after ordering during the bad XMas peak shipping period.
-When installed in my Win7 rig as an extra data drive to hold videos. I did have to use GPT partition to recognize all 3TB (which is no biggie and done through Windows diskmgmt.msc)
-Used a free Acronis True Image WD edition from WD website to clone an existing drive to this new one (to retain all the data and timestamps of folders/files).
-According to HD Tune, I am getting a consistent 99 MB/Sec with 9.6 ms access time on an *older* SATA controller. My last 1TB WD black drive on the same much older SATA controller would start at 110Mb/sec but would drop in a speed curve to 50Mb/sec with 12.5ms access time.

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  • Thomas V.
  • 1/1/2015 7:31:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black Series- The Return Of the King

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

Pros: Fast, quiet and took no time to get up and running.
3 Tb hard drive space

Cons: First one had to be RMA'd because BIOS couldnt recognize it. Second one ran perfectly
Does not actually rule over Middle Earth

Other Thoughts: A little bummed I had to wait to get all my music and videos back but it was worth it. Newegg gave me no trouble with anything and took it back immediately and sent a new one. Bravo newegg!

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  • Conner F.
  • 12/31/2014 3:50:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsObnoxiously Loud

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

Pros: It's still working.

Cons: Extremely loud. When in use the drive makes an array of noise from loud grinding to high pitch whistling.

Other Thoughts: After putting a new tower together I started to hear a ton of hard drive noise. I ran some tests drive tests and was shocked to realize that it was this drive that I had just purchased making all the noise and not a drive I was reusing from an older tower.

Funny how some users report the drive as silent and others like me are plagued with ones that are obnoxious from the day we get them while all tests are saying that the drive is in perfect condition.

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  • Andrew J.
  • 12/28/2014 5:45:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs3TB WD Black

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

Pros: Good size, Works as expected, was on sale so price was good, Free Deadrising 3 as well

Cons: You don't actually get 3 full TB but thats how all HDD are

Other Thoughts: I did not know about the UEFI/GPT setup to use more then 2TB on boot up. So that took me about 2 days of research and troubleshooting, but that was my fault for not doing the proper research in the first place... Great HDD

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  • STEVEN H.
  • 12/27/2014 10:43:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhy?

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

Pros: On sale at a reduced price for the Holidays

Cons: I bought this hard drive because I thought that it would be very nice to finally have a hard drive that was geared for performance and had a lot of space for all of my myriad interests. Unfortunately, during my build I decided to move the hard drive from one bay to another and in the process the connector to my power supply stripped the wires completely... So, I hadn't even had the chance to really test the function of the drive since I couldn't even attach it to my motherboard. I have to send it back in for an RMA and hopefully get a second chance at adding it to my system at a later date.

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  • Jason B.
  • 12/26/2014 10:44:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs3TB Black - It's all good

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

Pros: 3TB, 177 MB/Sec max (HD Tune Pro 5), 140 average, 12.3 ms access.

About what I expected.

Cons: The very tail of the drive does about 102 MB/Sec. HD Tune Pro 5 shows a graph where speed falls gently throughout the range, where the first half of the drive is above 140 MB/Sec, but the last third is well below that.

Other Thoughts: Let's talk about TebiBytes, ok? This is one of my pet peeves.

Many posts here will say things like "after formatting, I only have xxx Gbytes", or "I lost xxx Gbytes to formatting".

Well, no. That's not been true since the end of the 20th century. The problem is the unit of measure. If you measured a football field with a meter stick and found it didn't have 100 of them, would you claim the football field shrank? Of course not. You'd realize the meter stick is longer than the yard stick, and the "difference" in the count is a unit of measure issue. You don't loose one single micron in length just because you use a different stick to measure.

You do not loose 1 single byte to formatting. That ended when the IDE controllers were embedded on the drives around (what?) 1991. Get that firmly in your mind. Well, you loose a tiny, relatively microscopic amount, to the directory.

Drive makers are not making wired circuitry. They're laying down bits, which is much like laying down tile in circular patterns. Would you count tiles in binary equivalent units "just because"? Of course not. Neither do they.

Now, Microsoft, Linux, etc....they count in binary equivalents. It is a LARGER UNIT. There will be fewer of them for the exact same quantity.

1 Gigabyte does not equal 1 Gibibyte. The drive maker is using real Gigabytes, where 1,000,000,000 bytes is a Gigabyte, to the byte. The operating system reports sizes in Gibibytes (or Tebibytes instead of Terabytes)....The Gibibyte is 1073741824 bytes.

931.4 Gibibytes is 1000083134873.6 bytes - or over 1 trillion bytes.

When Windows or Linux is reporting you have "only" 931.4 GBytes, you have 1 trillion bytes (and change)


Windows tells me this drive is about 2793 Gbytes.

It also tells me it's about 2.73 TBytes.

Notice the missing 63 Gbytes?

It's not real. 1,000 Gibibytes is not 1 Tebibyte!

It takes 1024 Gibibytes to equal 1 Tebibyte. They are not intuitively comparable as decimal figures!

Windows is not confused, it's just using the wrong unit of measure for dots on a disc. They're using the kind of accounting normally applied to wired systems, as in binary math.

2.73 Tebibytes IS equal to 2793 Gibibytes, which are both 3 trillion bytes (and change).

This drive does give you 3 trillion bytes, and a little bit more (as most do).

That's what they're selling, advertising, claiming and providing.

It's Windows, folks....and Linux...reporting in a different unit of measure that causes this confusion.

One reason that ticks me off is that Seagate was once sued over this, and LOST OVER NOTHING!

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  • Timothy B.
  • 12/22/2014 4:46:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLoud drives

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

Pros: Good amount of space; Fast shipping from Newegg

Cons: As many other reviewers have mentioned, there is an unacceptable amount of clicking and tapping noise from these drives while seeking. Even when a Windows folder is open at a location on these drives, sitting idle, there will be a double click that oscillates about every 6 to 8 seconds. Then when seekign it is almost like a deep grinding noise. It's pretty nasty.

Other Thoughts: I wish I'd read these reviews first. These drives should come with a free set of noise cancelling headphones

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  • Kashan K.
  • 12/22/2014 8:25:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black Series 3 TB

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

Pros: Silent, big space. Cheap.

Cons: Dead Rising 3 came free with it. I would rather get the HDD discounting the stupid game.

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