Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Black
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11 November 2013
Summary: So when I just got this I became paranoid that it was defective, as it made the "click click clclclclikc click" sound all the time. Turns out after extensive internet searching that this is an inherent thing with modern Caviar Black HDDs, where there is bare minimum acoustic management with the seeking, to maximize speed/reliability. It took me about a month to get used to this noise though, but now it does not bother me anymore.
Pros: Reliability * warranty * Fastest non-SSD speeds you'll get
Cons: The seeking activity is LOUD, do not be alarmed, it's not a defect (though it is somewhat of a design oversight).
Summary: I've been using WD Black drives quite a bit in the last couple of years. Never have any issues with them, seem to be good strong and fast drives. I have 3X500 GB WD Black's in my machine now and wanted to just use one 2 TB instead. While transferring files off of my old drives and on to the 2TB using an external drive bay (eSATA), I noticed the 2 TB Black got pretty hot. Also this drive is fairly loud when being accessed.
Summary: This drive met my expectations. I am looking for reliability, so I won't know the full story for a few years. Two complaints - one: the drive is more noisy than I expected; two: the exterior packaging - the cardboard box from the shipper, not the interior box from WD - lacked padding, so the package rattled around inside the cardboard shipping box. The drive fired up O.K. though, so no harm done, I guess. Still scary.