Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD1001X06XDTL
Showing 1-10 of 10
Works in a Mac but...
William M., Newegg
16 June 2014
Summary: I love the drive. I came really close to sending it back due to the lack of Mac support. Once I found out how to unlock and use both SSD and Disk It was a keeper.
Pros: I'm using this in a 2009 Mac Mini with 8GB of RAM. With the OS on the SSD it boots faster than ever. I can't complain about a single thing as far as performance goes. I'm using the 1TB portion to serve up an iTunes Media server for Apple TV. Streaming is flawless form the 1TB drive.
Cons: Had to be setup in a Windows system before using it in a Mac. There is no unlocking software on WDs site to set this up in a Mac directly. Once you run the software and unlock the 1TB drive it can be removed and installed in most Macs. It can't be unlocked via USB. Must be on a SATA bus.
Great drive very fast install was a little complicated in Asus A10 Laptop
13 June 2014
Summary: I really like the performance. Western Digital makes it more difficult then necessary to get the software needed to activate the 1TB part of the drive. I have a newer Asus AMD A10 powered laptop it was very hard getting the casing apart. Only 4 stars because I rarely give 5 for anything. From what I understand if you have to reinstall your OS you have to deactivate the 1TB or else the OS will see it as a 1.2TB single drive.
Summary: I've had this drive in service for a month at this writing and have been very pleased with its performance. The installation was straightforward and easy. The drive ships with a "USB Key" that is supposed to take you to the WD site to download the special drive software so that the drive is recognized correctly and is split into two partitions, the 120GB and the 1TB. If you don't get the software, your pc will see only the 120GB SSD partition.
Summary: Best choice ever for my Stock Hp Envy 15 HDD, it tooks 12 mins for the system to be ready with win 8.1 when restarting, if only shutdown 5 mins, now with the ssd part it only tooks 2 mins from restart and I had disabled windows quick start cause it's not needed any more. I only gave 4 stars cause when your accessing both ssd and hdd it behave strange, but is highly recommended cause you can store 1 tb of digital media!
Great option if you only have room for 1 drive - 120G ssd to small
Jeff Gudlaian, Amazon
11 April 2014
Summary: Supper excited to see this drive. I think it will be great for enthusiast since they are the only ones that know the benefit of having a drive like this in your laptop. However enthusiast like me know that 120g for our main drive is barley enough. If the 1tb storage drive isn't as important you would be better off with a 512 ssd and have the best of bother world at about the same price.
Summary: I bought this product to use it on my Mac Book Pro only to find out that it couldn't so WD claims. Do not despair if you are considering the product because it can be used after a few works around. You will need to install the Windows OS on the SSD (unfortunately this is the only way) to activate the HDD. Once the HDD is activated reformat it as 1 partition of MAC and you will be fine.
Summary: After reading a review stating the drive is "Disposable" and "Not ready for prime time", I felt I should clear some things up. There is nothing wrong with the drive. Mine is installed on my Lenovo Y510P and running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 like a champ. HOWEVER, I did end up having to return my first one for another one due to what I would call poor documentation and/or software The problem is that this drive isn't really 2 drives... as far as Windows is concerned.
Summary: This drive will work well for you if you are on a Windows environment, and you want your operating system on the SSD. In a situation like a laptop with a single drive slot, the hybrid drive is a great way to compromise on space, and get the best of the SSD speed and still get a 1TB partition to store your data.
Pros: The speeds are the most obvious advantage. I saw read speed bursts exceeding 220MB/s in my benchmarks of this drive with HD Tune, and when they fell off the drive still averaged 100MB/s read speed. Writes were a little slower, but still bursting to over 130MB/s and averaging 88MB/s.
Cons: I wasn’t sure what to expect, as this is the first dual drive I’ve ever owned. Usually when I test a new drive, I use Linux benchmarking utilities to do so. Almost all of my computers run Linux. But, out of the box, this drive doesn’t mention Linux support anywhere.
Summary: The WD Black2 dual drive is an interesting take on mating a traditional rotating hard drive with a smallish SSD in a single 2.5 inch format non-hybrid configuration. This is a somewhat common solution in Desktops using separate drives which is not practical for most laptop computers. Hybrid drives like the Seagate 1TB ST1000LM014 appear to be one drive to the system and place frequently used files on the SSD portion automagically.
Summary: OK, you want to replace the hard drive in your laptop, and you want around 1tb of storage. The choice is a solid state drive for around £340 or an old fashioned mechanical hard drive for around £60. That's quite a premium to pay for the speed and robustness of an SSD. The WD Black2 is a solution. It is not a hybrid drive, it is two drives in one - a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HD.