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WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

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  • 5-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
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  • Randolph G.
  • 9/24/2014 3:13:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent quality: WD2003FZEX

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Fast & quiet; 5-yr warranty; easy installation; reliable thus far.

Cons: None regarding hardware; it would be nice if WD would provide equivalent Cylinders/Heads/Sectors info for their (LBA) drives - useful for planning partitions

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these drives back in August 2014; they've both been in service about 1 month now. The drives installed without trouble, and I've since found them to be fast, quiet, and reliable. (I also really like the fact that they have a 5-yr warranty.) I've been able to judge these new WD 'FZEX' drives against some older 'FAEX' drives which the former have recently made obsolete.

I installed the two new drives, as additional drives, in two nearly identical desktop computers that I'd built last summer (2013), each comprising the following base components:
ASUS P8 Z77-V Pro motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770k quad-core processor
8.0 GB Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) DDR3 SDRAM low profile
WD Caviar Black 1.0 TB hard drive (WD1002FAEX)
Dual-boot OS: Windows 7 Ultimate/Fedora 19

The reason for the additional hard drives was our (family) decision to switch to Linux as the default operating system (OS) on the new machines and to run MS Windows, when necessary, in a virtual machine (VM). On the new drives, we chose to install Fedora 20; this will allow us to run Windows 7 in a VM from its native installation on the original drive. (Eventually, we will wipe the Fedora 19 partitions from the old 1.0 TB drives.)

The original WD1002FAEX drives in both machines have been in service now for about 14 months with zero problems. My assessment of the new WD2003FZEX drives is that they are both faster and quieter than their older counterparts.

I am an electrical engineer, with computing experience dating back to 1983. I've been building my own (non-gaming) home machines since the early 1990's. I typically replace hard drives shortly after they go out of warranty, so, with our usual 3-4 machines at home, I've bought dozens of drives over the years. And I really, really like Western Digital hard drives. I've occasionally had other makes (Maxtor, Seagate, Fujitsu, ...), but WD's have always pleased me most. Our home machines have dual-booted Windows and Linux since 2002, with 2000/XP being the default OS. We've now been using Linux almost exclusively for 6 months, and we are happy with the change. Yes, there is a learning curve, but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

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  • Chris B.
  • 9/22/2014 12:02:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Fast enough for a HDD, and very sturdy, lots of capacity. Works well so far without a problem

Cons: when I first used it I immediately noticed that it is kinda noisy, especially when on a large load.

Other Thoughts: other than the sound, a very sturdy well working hdd.

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  • Robert P.
  • 9/12/2014 11:00:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Great drive!

Cons: non

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/11/2014 6:19:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Drive

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: I bought many WD black drives in the last 6 years, never had an issue with any of them.
Very fast compared to other hard drives.
Average read speed is ~144 mb/s, access time ~12 msec
Excellent performance for games.
5 years warranty from WD

Cons: It is not an SSD

Other Thoughts: This drive has audible sound especially under load but it is not noisy at all for me. Overall very pleased and happy with this drive.

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  • Jacob M.
  • 9/8/2014 11:31:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLots of room

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Lots of storage

Cons: I do a lot of video editing as well as play games. I bought this HD as a secondary storage unit that is mainly used to house the STEAM installation folder as well raw video footage. After keeping the computer on for long hours at a time I noticed disk speeds dramatically decrease, thus loading times from this hard drive becomes unbearable.

Other Thoughts: Ashampoo WinOptimizer reads the HD in good condition and I still haven't ruled out if the problem is related to my Mobo or not. I'm not worried about it because a simple restart fixes the problem.

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5 out of 5 eggsWD Black is the best hands down

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Everything in my previous review still stands.

You really don't need an SSD with this drive.

No errors almost a year into operation

Cons: Has started to make the typical HDD noises. It was totally silent at first, but this is pretty typical.

Other Thoughts: After installing this drive almost a year ago, I just sold my SSD. It's not worth the hassle of dealing with two drives. You can tell the SSD is faster, but the end experience isn't really that much different. In my opinion, if my steam games don't all fit on an SSD, then I'd rather just use one big fast HDD.

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  • Gordon W.
  • 8/19/2014 2:21:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Fasassssst replacement

Cons: NOT NEW! USED! NOISE is bad . Do not expect it to run long
will have to run it a lot to test it out. Will have to keep a constant back up going.

Other Thoughts: Have no good thoughts on this drive would not like to see any one get this

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Gordon, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. There are many variables that could amount to a drive emitting unusual sounds when powered on. To test our drives health, we have our Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows (WinDLG) utility, and Mac users can utilize Disk Utility and First Aid. See the below links for more information.

“How to tell if the noise or sound the drive is making is normal”:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/568

“How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows”: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940

“How to test a drive for defects or problems on a Mac”: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/866
We would like the opportunity to assist you on this case and answer any questions you may have with your experience. We can be reached at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs
Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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  • Kain h.
  • 8/18/2014 8:55:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFASSSSST

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: fast as heck. end of story.

i judge my HDDs on how fast i can load into red orchestra 2 and pick a class.... usually im the first to load, unless someone has an SSD thats properly configured.

Cons: a bit noisy.... see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: noisy....but i love being able click on steam, hear CLICK CHUUUUNCH click click, and BOOM a second later steam is fully open. (and a good clicking noise, of cashing/read/write.... not your drive is bad click click)

i like whisper quite.... but i also like to hear what the pipes sound like on my 400 small block chevy when going threw and under pass/tunnel.

and thats basically what this drive is.... a 68 impala 2 door hot rod, with a big engine, yet civilized exhaust pipes. still loud when you floor it (when you load a program), but when your just cruising around town..... it quiets right down.

i really do like the noise this drive makes.... sound of preformance

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  • Jason P.
  • 8/16/2014 9:26:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Worked as expected, very happy with the improvement over SATA 2 drive

Cons: None

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  • Nick B.
  • 8/12/2014 7:59:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black 2TB

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Great series of drives, bought another to replace a 7-year-old Black 1TB that only just started to show it's age. Does its job well.

Cons: None

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