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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

Pros:

I purchased this drive in July of 2013 and it has been running 24/7 in my 13TB unRAID server without issues. There is a lengthy pre-clear associated with using a drive unRAID which the WD passed with no issues. Basically every sector is written to and then read from, so any issues are detected prior to the drives use. Unlike some of the drives I've tried to use, this one had no errors.

I can't commend on speed because I use it in a storage array, but I can transfer data to and from my server at almost 100MBps. I do suspect this thing would be prett

I'm also a fan of this drive because being a WD Black, the spindle is attached at both ends, unlike the Green drives, which are not built as well.

Oh, did I mention this drive has a 5 year warranty? A few years ago, I wouldn't have bothered to bring that up, but these days, manufacturers are slashing their warranty periods.

Cons:

It's a little on the pricy side compared to some of the other drives with similar specs.

Other Thoughts:

If you're just going to be using this drive for storage, you might want to look elsewhere. There really isn't any need to spend the extra money on a 6.0Gbps interface and 64MB of cache. But, if you are using this as your OS drive, you can't get much better.

If you do ever have an issue with the drive, WD has always been phenomenal when it comes to replacements.

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  • Nathan E.
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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