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WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

  • Next-generation desktop performance HD designed to intensify PC experience
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
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  • MR A.
  • 2/4/2016 9:30:10 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for the price

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: Got 4 drives and had a cheap ~6TB storage RAID array.

Cons: The array started fine for the first month then started to periodically slip into a deteriorated state or die from too many drives not being active. Unfortunately I was lazy and muttled through getting the system back up suspecting that I had merely misconfigured something. After a little over a year of ownership 1 drive is completely dead and the other 3 sound like an old car, leaving me concerned that the head is scratching the platters.

Other Thoughts: All drives purchased on November 17th of 2014 from Newegg (Yay order history)

A couple notes on the drives:
These drives were in the same computer until last week and at this point had been through one move (changed apartments). 9 Months at original location, 5 months at new location. Problems were experienced in original location but not super evident. I didn't notice the noise until I was moving the disks to a new computer to test if the computer they were in was the problem, so the noise -may- be poor handling during transition to new machine (highly unlikely in my opinion, but information for you to make decisions on). The sound however is not noticeable from my chair when the case is closed.

Note on tests performed:
Tests were performed on Ubuntu Server 15;

Used ` smartctl -a /dev/sdX -t permissive ` for SMART drive testing, permissive was added to attempt to get full details on the dead drive, it wasn't needed for the other 3 but I'm including it here for clarity.

Used ` dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/output b s=8k count=100k; rm -f /tmp/output ` to test writes to a mounted drive and ` hdparm -Tt /dev/sdX ` to test reads. Note that the dead drive could not be mounted for write testing and reported the below for hdparm testing:
> " read() hit EOF - device too small ; Timing buffered disk reads: read() hit EOF - device too small "


In conclusion;
If I were buying these drives again, I'd probably buy 1 more than I was planning to keep as a hot-spare in the array and do more diagnostics after the first failure rather than being lazy and waiting a little over a year to do a deep investigation.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/1/2016 1:00:38 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNow Comes With Self-Destruct! Yay!

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: It's shiny, well it was...

Cons: This thing decided that it wanted to be Phoenix rather than a hard drive, and less than a minute into its operational life, it fulfilled its dream... This hard drive wasn't only DOA, it actually caught fire and scorched the circuitry underneath.

Other Thoughts: Nothing like watching a brand new PC belch black smoke and wondering what else could've been damaged...

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/31/2016 1:30:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsIt is a HDD

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: Its 2tbs fairly cheap i normally use seagate products but i use them heavily so i decided to try the black series of drives I've only used second hand laptop wd drives so i knew they were some what reliable. Average transfer speeds of files depends on the file look at other thoughts. It can keep up with my normal workload which is normally 60gbs worth of stuff a day most of which ends of being deleted when finished with so its extra speed even as a secondary drive for things is nice not ssd fast but still better then what i was using.
Ive had no technical problems with the drive mainly annoyances, handles major tasks better than my 10year old drives it replaces outside of that does what any hdd does hopefully it will last past its warranty but so far so good.

Cons: Lots of ticking when i first used the drive after putting 8tbs on the drive its gotten better but is still there(all hdds I've ever own make the clicking sound but its very audible at almost 10ft away)
Very large compared to the desktop seagate drives i normally use can even use my usb housing on it if i needed too so i am forced to use a sata cable when i need it(2 of my seagate drives are only slightly thinker than it), also its more of an annoyance than a real problem.
I also find that its heavier than any other hdd I've owned, again more of an annoyance then a problem since it messed of the plastic housing it was meant to be in.

Other Thoughts: When filling up the drive a few times to test if it would die would always start writing at 500-600 mb/s for 10seconds transferring from a ssd, used fallout 4 a file i visit often transferred it until i filled the drive 4 times took only 4 hours as i was doing it manually hasnt failed i do this with all hdds i use filling them at least 4-5 times to check how they work or if they will fail.
I did grab the drive from a store as i needed that day and couldn't wait just wish in general pricing was better as i normally avoid wd in my own personal rigs to save a few bucks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/23/2016 9:13:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: The drive is working at least, but not great....(see cons)

Cons: The hard drive makes weird noises (creeking noises) and this is suppose to be a "Performance" drive? It's louder than my old drive that is breaking down. I had made sure all the screws are tightly in place, and mounted correctly and stable, free of vibrations, and installed right. But the noises can still be heard from the device when it is in use. I don't know if the package was dropped, or damaged during delivery. It was placed right at my doorstep without a second thought of its value. I am very dissappointed in it. It is also made in Malaysia, and was on sale :/ I don't recommend you buy this one.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2016 10:44:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: Excellent item !

Cons: There is not Cons about this item.

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  • Jose S.
  • 1/17/2016 6:30:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome fast

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: Easy install no problems

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Thinking about buy other drive for storage

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  • Peter T.
  • 1/14/2016 9:08:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA. Newegg was worthless to resolve.

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: -Drive would have been great, had it not been DOA.

Cons: Here's the short version:

1. I ordered a WD 2TB Black drive.
2. I paid $15 EXTRA for two-day shipping as I needed it immediately.
3. I received a physically damaged DOA drive.
4. The drive does not spin, it just buzzes. The plastic corners are shattered. It looks as if it was thrown at the floor. The anti-static bag had cuts from whatever the drive impacted.
5. I request an RMA/Refund after waiting in the chat queue for over 90 minutes. I state I will order a new drive while waiting for the RMA.
6. I get offered a $10 gift card to compensate me for the $15 i paid for shipping, and time wasted by having to open a case. Still a $5 LOSS to me.
7. I agree and as I proceed to order a new drive, it's now OUT OF STOCK.

Hope your experience goes better than mine did.

Other Thoughts: This has been just another one of many bad experiences I've had with Newegg lately.

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  • Francis S.
  • 1/11/2016 11:02:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's a hard drive, it remembers stuff

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: Easy set up
Lots of space (But that's the point of buying a 2TB HDD)

Cons: SATA cable does not lock in to place like other SATA connections

Other Thoughts: The reason I knocked an egg off this review is because of the above con. The SATA cable does fit, however it does not lock in place with a click like all other SATA connections. Therefore, if you are moving your computer to another room or to a different house, the cable could fall out. I did a little research on this, and it turns out that other people have reported the same thing. All of the reports I saw were specific to WD Black 2TB. As long as you don't move the computer around a lot, you should be fine. Not worth going through RMA since it does work. Just seems like a small and nonsensical change that WD made for this specific hard drive..

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  • Carol B.
  • 1/10/2016 1:01:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast and LOUD!

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: - Fast for a HDD

Cons: - Loud for a HDD

Other Thoughts: - I recommend this HDD if you have a padded hard drive enclosure that can handle the vibration levels it puts off. Don't put one of these in a $40 budget case. You're gonna have a bad time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/8/2016 3:17:24 PM

5 out of 5 eggsAffordable performance

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: Large size for price compared to other devices with a warranty longer than I expect any computer I use to last.

Cons: I'm not sure if this is my case or the drive so I won't take an egg off but it's loud.... noticeable loud and it comes directly from my hard drive cage. I do have another WD green but it's never used so it should not be spinning at all and making noise. And I'm 100% sure its not the SSD mounted to it.

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