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Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
  • Maximum performance for power computing
  • Dual processor speed
  • Rock-solid mechanical architecture
  • 5-year limited warranty

4 out of 5 eggs No advantage with SATA 6.0Gb/s interface 03/14/2010

This review is from: Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive


It's a WD Black with a 5 year warranty and performs as to be expected. I have had a very low failure rate for WD Blacks as a whole.


Zero advantage of the WD1002FAEX over the SATAII WD1001FALS. My FAEX benchmarks within the same performance range as comparing two of my FALS. Not really a con though because I didn't expect it to since mechanical drives are already maxed out at the speed of SATA 3.0 Gb/s. This has been verified on 2 SATAIII chipsets and on the Intel ICH10R which outperformed both SATAIII cards with both the FAEX and the FALS.

Other Thoughts:

"like a charm" if you put two in a RAID0 (stripe) you'll get a performance rating of 6.2 in Win7. I've had 3 WD Blacks striped in RAID0 get a 6.3. Maybe 4 will get to 6.4, I haven't tested a stripe of more than 3 drives personally. Performance is better measured with other benchmarking software anyway. No single mechanical disk will get a score of more than 5.9 at this point.

Blue Jay, I'm gonna bet you have the SATAII WD1001FALS and not this SATAIII WD1002FAEX if you've had your disk for 4 months. The WD1002FAEX haven't been available that long at this point.

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