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Always a good buy 01/17/2013
Western Digital has made a good reputation for themselves over the years as a trusted HDD manufacturer. This 1TB blue drive is no exception. It performs very well as I would expect from Western Digital's higher class of HDD. I see many other reviewers have already given various statistics on drive speed and performance, which as another reviewer pointed out varies widely depending on your particular computer setup. Instead I'll report how it performed using it as a clone master in a recent job I needed to perform. In my classroom I had 24 computers that needed Windows 7 Pro, Office 2010, Adobe CS6 Suite and various other programs and utilities loaded. A total installation of about 75GB worth of data. I decided to use this 1TB drive to act as the master image to ghost to all 24 500GB Western Digital drives contained in the computers. While creating the master image on this drive it performed as I would expect a 7800RPM drive to act, very fast and efficient. All went well during the Ghosting process to the 24 other HDD drives. The drive took a pretty good beating but I ran into zero problems. Once I finished cloning the computers I installed the drive into my home server to add another TB of space. Over the years I have copied many of my favorite DVDs to HDDs in my sever, spreading across a 250GB, 500GB and a 640GB drive I have installed. I consolidated my favorite, most watched DVDs onto this drive (~860GB) and have been using the drive for about 2 weeks now in that capacity. Once again I've had zero problems and expect it to be that way for a long time to come. I have had a few bad drives from Western Digital over the years (about 3) but they always failed either right out of the box or within a few days (one was due to UPS playing soccer with it during their break time). Many of my tech friends report the same thing as well. So if the drive lasts for over a few days you can usually expect it to last for 3 to 5 years.
This drive only comes with a 2 year warranty. It was not that long ago that Western Digital always gave a 3 year warranty on their drives. This is one of my reasons for subtracting a star from the rating. Western Digital does offer a drive with a 3 year warranty (the black series) but you pay more for this drive. This blue series drive should also carry a 3 year warranty.
Except for the underwhelming warranty, this is a solid buy in my opinion. The price could (should?) be a lower given that 3TB to 4TB drives have been on the market for a while now. This is another reason for the 4 star rating. It seems that HDD prices flattened out a while back, then actually raised sharply (This was blamed on a flood? I remember when high RAM prices were blamed on a fire years ago, so, yeah, whatever). Prices have yet to drop below what they were a few years ago. SSDs in my opinion are still too high priced and buggy to use as a permanent alternative to mechanical HDDs, so I'll be sticking with them for a while.
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