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WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
  • Next-generation desktop performance HD designed to intensify PC experience
  • Improved Architectural Designs, Data Protection. Superior responsiveness
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • $219.99
  • $179.99
  • Save: $40.00 (18%)
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Pros:

It works - after a struggle.

Cons:

I notice most of the reviews here are for smaller WD 1T and 2T drives. To access the full volume of 293G of a 3T, you need a motherboard with a UEFI BIOS. Not all MBs currently sold even have this feature. Then you need to figure how to get the MB to install Windows 7 or 8 from your install media which is a trick in itself. I found UEFI Bootable Flash Drive - Create in Windows at WindowsEightForums the most helpful of more than 7 articles I looked at because their procedure worked and the rest were missing key details. My brother asked me to replace a Seagate 2T drive in his computer with this and he really got unhappy when I revealed he needed a new motherboard to access the full volume.

Other Thoughts:

Windows XP64, Windows 7 & 8 with motherboards that use MBR instead of UEFI are happy with drives up to 2T. Why not just buy a 2T if you can't access the upper 30%?

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