Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Black
Showing 1-10 of 42
Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB review
1 March 2013
Excerpt: At the end of last year we published a review of the Western Digital WD RE 4TB, the first 4TB hard disk from Western Digital. This disk from the WD RE series was aimed at professional use for servers and storage solutions, and its sticker price reflected this. The consumer version has now come out, called the Caviar Black 4 TB. Hardware.Info tested it.
Conclusion: Of their entire lineup, the Caviar Black sits nicely in the middle of WD’s VelociRaptor 10,000rpm drives and Caviar Green 5,400rpm energy saving drives. The new SATA 6Gbps interface also helps improve overall performance, especially burst speeds.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1.0TB SATA Hard Drive Review
27 August 2010
Summary: WD's Caviar Black series SATA II hard drives feature a faster spindle speed
and 32MB of onboard cache. Drive capacities range from 500GB through to 1.0TB, but all the Caviar Black series drives use Perpendicular Magnetic Recording.
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive Video Review
12 August 2010
Summary: The Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive's interface is SATA 3 Gb/s (Gigabits per second), has a capacity of 1000GBs or 1TB, average latency of 4.2ms, a rotation speed of 7,200 RPMs, a 32MB buffer size, power consumption is 8.4W while being accessed and 7W when idle, the noise level is 24dBA to 33dBA and comes with a 5 year warranty. This is one of the very best large capacity hard drives on the market. Watch the video to find out more.
Western Digital's 6Gbps Caviar Black 1TB hard drive
17 February 2010
Summary: Does Western Digital's latest Caviar Black 1TB stand out from the pack as conspicuously as the venerable 640GB drives that it effectively replaces? Not quite, at least based on the results we've seen today. But then the Black did have quite a lot to live up to.
On the performance front, the Black is still faster overall than the Barracuda 7200.12. Western Digital has a definite edge when workloads involve random access patterns.
Excerpt: When Seagate sent over their new SATA 6 Gb/s Barracuda XT 2TB hard drive we were caught off guard. At the time I was neck deep in enterprise products and working with LSI on their new RAID controllers. If the Caviar Black 2TB drive would have been tested before the Barracuda XT, would our final thoughts have been different than they were?
Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0TB (WD2001FASS) SATA Hard Drive Review
9 December 2009
Excerpt: A few months back, Futurelooks took a close look at one of the first 2TB drives to hit the market, the Western Digital’s Caviar Green 2.0TB SATA2 Hard Drive . A couple of the features that the drive boasted was its massive 2.0 TeraByte capacity while still enjoying respectable low level power consumption.
Western Digital Caviar Black and RE4 2TB Drives Review
12 November 2009
Conclusion: With a cache twice as large as its competitor, the RE4 didn't exactly trounce the Barracuda. Interesting; in testing that doesn't exploit the larger cache, the two drives perform very similarly. Our standard desktop-type usage testing didn't exploit the larger cache pools but that's not to say in an enterprise-class environment, with a higher number of concurrent IO requests or perhaps even repeat larger file transfers, you might see a performance differential.
Summary: The Caviar Black line has been a favorite of ours for quite a while now. Some hard drives tend to perform exceptionally well in one or two tasks but comparatively poorly in others. The Blacks have traditionally offered excellent performance in a wide range of applications, from straight-line sequential transfers to real-world file operations to highly-randomized access patterns. They're jacks of all trades, and better yet, masters of .