Probably the last mechanical hard drive I'll ever own
9 October 2013
Summary: SSD's have dominated the performance segment of the storage market for a while now, and I figure it's only a couple years until 1TB SSD's become very affordable. I plan on retiring this drive to an enclosure soon, but for their time, the WD Black drives were the best option to home enthusiasts looking for speed and capacity.
Summary: Two terabytes is a huge drive and that makes for a fast drive too, add in a huge 64mb cache and twin processors you get an phenomenal drive for a desktop computer. I've used WD Black drives for years and they are great performers but they aren't as reliable as the 5 year warranty leads you to believe. Just the two 2TB drives I've run one is starting to fail critically after two years.
Summary: Works as I expected - but takes a while to wake up from sleeping. That could be because it is 2TB, or because it is the Green, low power, version. It works though and has been able to hold my media library. It is a great solution and I have been happy with it. I do wish that the warranty was longer though. 1 year just isn't quite enough that I have warm fuzzies with this drive.
Summary: I ordered two of the 2 TB drives and am running them in a mirrored configuration. They work great but one or both of the drives is occasionally extremely loud compared to the previous 1 TB Hitachi drives I was using.
Summary: The WD Black Caviar 2TB hard-drive came nicely packaged as expected. It was easy as could be to install for having never installed or replaced a hard-drive before. For anyone who is not so computer savvy, Western Digital even provides on line instructions, tutorials, and videos to guide you through the process, should you need assistance. I literally removed the old hard-drive and plugged in the new one...and Waaa Laaa.