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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Sebastian T.
  • 4/10/2015 6:28:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsGood.

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

Pros: Works. Tested fine. Finally have enough space for all these videos I keep making. Quiet. First Western Digital rive I've bought in a long time. Good to see they're making good hard drives.

Cons: Doesn't come with wires or anything, but that's to be expected with OEM stuff. Wish it were 30TB

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  • Scott M.
  • 4/9/2015 10:56:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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1 out of 5 eggsWhat a shame

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

Pros: Supposedly this is a great drive!

Cons: Drive died within 30 minutes of installation

Other Thoughts: Newegg offered to replace the drive in question, but it is 24 hours later and my replacement drive has yet to ship. Will update review accordingly.

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  • CHRISTOPHER L.
  • 4/3/2015 10:01:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPretty well failed out of the box

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

Pros: previous black series drives performed OK. But are starting to fail after a year...

Cons: ...this one however never even got started. It attempted to format - took 10 mins, then managed 4 mins of write activity at a very low xfer rate with lots of clicking and died. WD RMA process now messy. They had deleted my account even though my last RMA was January 2015.

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  • Stephen L.
  • 4/2/2015 7:01:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsOnce you go Black...

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

Pros: 5 year warranty

Cons: None

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  • Francesco B.
  • 3/31/2015 11:51:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: No issues on arrival. Works great in my 3TB RAID 1 Array. If I run into failures in the near future I will update my review.

Cons: None to speak of.

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  • Brett G.
  • 3/31/2015 7:11:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsSpeed you can hear!

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 very fast!

Cons: I won't call it "loud", but even with my "desktop" PC on the carpeted floor under my desk, I noticeably hear this drive. Notably NOISY. I've had several desktop PCs under my desk at various points in recent years, including a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda that originally came in this Dell 8700, and I've never heard ANY drive like this one! In fact, late last year I had 5 different drives running in a single tower PC and never noticed anything like this.

Other Thoughts: I love the speed, but I'm not sure it's worth the annoyance in a quiet room. I tried a 2 TB Seagate recently and that was fast and quiet. But, it turned out to be defective and I had to return it within the 30-day window.

This drive lists seek as 34 db as compared to Seagate's 24 db. If Seagates weren't having such reliability issues, I'd probably try them again.

I will note that my Dell Case has HDDs mounting directly on a metal frame. Maybe better cases with rubber mounts will reduce the noise.

I'm going to go with a 500 GB SSD and a 2 TB "green" drive to meet my speed needs with my VMs and still have lots of quiet storage for things less speed dependent.

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  • Brian G.
  • 2/25/2015 8:09:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsSimply irresistible..

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

Pros: Simple to setup. Very simple. Plug it in. Computer Management. Disk Managment. Initialize as a GPT (GUID Partition Table). Poof! 3 TB of storage. 3,000,457,228,288 bytes, or 2.72 TB according to Explorer. Still bigger than a 2 TB. So, why argue about it?

People complain about noise.... It's no louder than my 500 GB WD black... and it's quiet too.

Temp is right at 31.0 °c. Nice and cool.

Super shiny! If you are like Steve Carell from T40YOV, then this will amaze you too. "It's so shiny!"

Cons: Since it's larger than 2 TB, it can't be a bootable drive. Get over it. Not worth deducting any eggs.

Other Thoughts: I'll be using this for archived storage.. movies, photos, music, ROM backups, etc.. so I don't expect to put a whole lot of stress to this drive.. but these transfer speeds are ridiculously fast. Get one. Get twelve. You need them.

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  • Chris S.
  • 2/14/2015 8:43:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsLoud and proud

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

Pros: Good data read/write times. Bought to store my entire steam library and whatever else can fit after that. Playing games and whatnot, I need to load a lot of files. This gets the job done better than smaller drives I've used (500MB) despite the close seek/read times.

Cons: Loud, very, thought I was going to have to RMA. Must have missed that in the reviews when I bought it. I'd have gladly paid a bit more to be without that aspect of it

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  • Terence M.
  • 2/12/2015 10:27:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsNOT COMPATIBLE WITH LOCKING CABLES

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 - previous machines I built with these drives (500GB &1TB) are very responsive and was happy with them. Price per GB isn't much more than standard performance drives and they now come in huge capacities. My "raptors" are better, but these were close at a reasonable cost and higher capacity.

Cons: I read all the Newegg reviews when I bought this in September - no mention of the locking SATA cable issue (there are several now). I first thought my drive had a mfg defect - no "shell" around the SATA data and power connectors. When I studied the Newegg photo it was the same - never crossed my mind to even check that it had a "shell". Contacted WD and they told me this is done for better "backplane" compatibility (whatever that means). This is supposed to be a performance DESKTOP drive - and desktop use requires the use of a cable - preferably a locking cable (really a requirement for my case). Really like the performance / capacity / price of this drive but I'm not pleased that my cables don't lock - thinking of getting a 3-4TB Seagate instead.

Other Thoughts: My drives mount at 90 degrees in my case which means I must use a 90 degree cable to allow case side to close. My 90 degree cable with a bend doesn't stay connected to this drive very well - actually fell off once. WD told me that there is a special cable that will work with these drives - but told me they don't have any. They gave me a part number and some vendors to try but none of them have it either. I am currently planning to make my own "Jerry Rig" cable retainer.

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  • Brandon Y.
  • 1/29/2015 5:51:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSolid hard disk

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

Pros: Plenty of space, fast (for a mechanical drive), and reliable. I was deciding between this hard drive and a refurbished Seagate Constellation drive. The refurbished drive was a lot cheaper, but you get what you paid for. In the end, I settled on the WD Black because of the warranty. It's very hard to find a hard drive that has a 5 year warranty. The hard disk is primary used for my VMs.

Cons: The hard drive does have chatter since it's a high performance drive. It's not as noisy as the Velociraptor, but it's very noticeable.

Other Thoughts: None

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