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Western Digital Caviar Black

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Black

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Overall 4
4.0

What Why

Steven O., Newegg
12 April 2014
  • Summary: I will need to reconsider any WD purchases in the future I thought this kind of failure rate was limited only to their green and blue series of drives. Which should still not have this problem but I have come to expect that. From a black edition drive this a new one on me at the worst time possible.
  • Pros: Nice paper weight
  • Cons: Drive came in worked for a few days showed no issues, died suddenly and completely out of the blue when I was nearly finished loading everything on a new pc for customer. This has cost me time customer, confidence and money to ship this back for a replacement. I am extremely angry at WD's quality management I buy these drives as they are premium drives and meant to last so you pay premium for them.
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Overall 4
4.0

Reliability Suspect

Mole, Amazon
31 July 2013
  • Summary: Despite a 3 yr warranty - which places this somewhere between consumer (crap) grade and enterprise (almost reliable) grada - I've seen too many of these units fail to recommend one.
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Overall 4
4.0

Drive died after only a year and a half! Western Digital no longer creates quality products as it used to.

Larry, Amazon
29 January 2013
  • Summary: I have owned and used Western Digital drives for many years. I had one WD 200GB Caviar Black drive (not this one I'm writing about) that lasted nearly 10 years without one issue. It died yesterday. But, this 'brand new' 500GB SATA drive didn't even last 2 years! It died suddenly. It seems to me that Western Digital has decided to cut their costs by cutting the quality of the internal components and the quality of their testing.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

Richard_C, NCIX.com
10 January 2013
  • Summary: This is the loudest hard drive I've had since a 1986 Seagate 20 MB hard drive. While seeking it can be easily heard in the next room. The idle noise is on the edge of acceptable. In practice I see little benefit of the extra speed of the drive as I ended up putting the temporary files and page file onto my older, slower, but quieter drive to keep the total noise down.
  • Pros: Fast, 5 year warranty
  • Cons: Very noisy
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Overall 4
4.0

Windows only? Short lifetime in linux (intellipark)

Andrew I. Jewett, Amazon
14 August 2011
  • Summary: In linux (ubuntu 11.04), this drive parks it's heads every 30 seconds or so(according to my tests with smartctl). This means it would reach 300,000 load cycles within a few months (it's lifetime maximum load cycle count). Apparently the problem effects linux more than windows because, allegedly, linux accesses the drive every few seconds waking up the drive. (According to: [...
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Overall 4
4.0

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Marva, pricebat.ca
1 June 2013
  • Excerpt: The disk performs effectively: hdparm -t /dev/sdb/dev/sdb: Timing buffered disk reads: 436 MB in 3.00 seconds = 145.15 MB/secAnd, it has a excellent value-point. The first a single was DOA. I was able to clone my old drive to the new drive, but it acted really badly: Slow reads, lots of timeouts, format operations taking WAY as well extended (days vs. minutes).
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Overall 4
4.0

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Katoka, pricebat.ca
7 March 2013
  • Excerpt: nice storage room for the price tag, i was particularly delighted with it at initial. It's failing me at about 6 months. 1st my screen would freeze for a handful of seconds and i'd hear the drive spin up, Went to boot up my personal computer this morning and it wanted me to run a disk scan. turns out it's failing and it now desires me to back anything up and replace the hd.
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Overall 4
4.0

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Ronalee, pricebat.ca
9 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Drive efficiency is great. Read/write times are great. Load cycles are by way of the roof and at the rate they are going, both drives I ordered will surpass the 300,000 threshold in just more than a year. I researched this on WD's internet site to see what could be done. Followed all suggestions by WD with regards to power saver settings in the OS.
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Overall 4
4.0

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Bo, pricebat.ca
26 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Laptop or computer did not explode. Drive would not stay mounted, and failed HD Tune. The dent in the drive's metal casing probably had one thing to do with that. I truly sucks that I get sent a defective item, and I'm charged บ shipping to be (hopefully) sent a functioning version of what I ordered in the 1st location.
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Overall 4
4.0

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Desmond, pricebat.ca
3 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Excellent value point for the cache. SAYS its a data secure no crash drive.... but (see cons) Got this to back up my in depth library of movies and music, so I wanted a thing that would final. Poor sectors started on day4, then partition went, then following reformatting it all occurred again. BUT WD is a very good firm been employing them for 10 years, newegg has a good return policy, so Im going to withhold judgment. DOA's occur to every HD manufacturer.
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