Make Sure Western Digital Gives You The 5 Year Warranty
Hombre77 "Hombre77", Amazon
10 December 2009
Summary: I purchased this drive from Amazon and installed it in my iMac. Everything went well until I went to register the drive with Western Digital. I registered the drive online at WD's website. After finishing the registration process, I noticed that WD only gave me a 3 year warranty. The warranty for Black Caviar drives is 5 years (both retail and OEM). I contacted WD support and they told me that since the drive was OEM, they could only guarantee it for 3 years!
Summary: Another word on the way AMAZON ships these drives...I am guessing that these little boxes they come in are the way AMAZON gets the OEM's from WD, probably giant pallets of them. Then the AMAZON people see brown boxes that look like they are ready to ship, so they send them out just like that. If you look at the boxes, there are stickers on them that will have you think these are just little boxes that Western Digital ship mass amounts of OEM drives in.
Summary: I have been evaluating 1TB hard drives to replace a failed RAID array. I had just bought a WD Green 1TB drive, but it was DOA. I returned it to Amazon without problems. Then I started reading a lot of reviews online. The decision came down to a Samsung Spinpoint F1 or a WD Caviar Black 1TB.
Summary: Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and I would recommend this drive to anyone. Hard drive arrived "bare" with no rails or screws in an anti-static bag, you will need to supply your own. Hard drive is a lot faster than Western Digital's Green drives, runs hotter, and is a lot noisier. However, the payoff for the speed is worth it. Installed it as the boot drive in a 2.80GHZ (Early 2008) Mac Pro Quad, 12GB ram, with a total of 4 internal hard drives.
Summary: The drive itself is great and works well. The only thing I knock off a point for is that it didn't come with a SATA cable or any other documentation. It was just the sealed drive in a box. Installation was quick and easy and took me a couple hours for Windows to format it for use. I pretty much use it for backing up media (mp3,video,pictures) but it has plenty of space and seems quite fast.
Summary: The first one worked but was EXTREMELY slow. I tried a full format but stopped it after 8 hours and only 20% progress. I returned it and got a second copy which formatted quickly (for a 1 TB drive) and has worked fine.
Summary: I bought this to replace a TB Baracuda 7200.11 that was freezing and slowing my system down due to overheating. This drive never goes above 35 C and is very quick.
Pros: I've had this drive for a few days and it is great. 12ms access time. Throughput very fast at the beginning of the drive (100-120 mb/sec range), but drops off to 60-70 toward the end. Feels very responsive and is more stable than my 7200.11. I'm glad WD finally went to 32mb cache.
Cons: Same is true of most HDDs, but I wish the dropoff in speed at the end of the drive wasn't so dramatic.
Summary: Bought two as an upgrade for an original MacPro. Installed in seconds (that's more down to Apple than WD) as a RAID1 pair. Working well. Speedy and quiet. I've not done any benchmarks - it's quicker and bigger than the previous drives and the price is keen enough so someone else will have to obsess about the milliseconds.