Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD3001FAEX
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Not Bad, Not Great.
6 days ago
Summary: The sound of this thing scares me. When I first turned it on, there was a constant clicking that was heard above and beyond all my other drives (I have three others in this pc). I know how my other drives sound as I've had them for years and this was definitely the WD. I found this disconcerting considering the fact that it's brand new. The clicking has stopped now but I don't know how much I trust it after this point.
Pros: This drive has excellent speed. I Transferred a bunch of pictures and random hd video files to see how well it could move data. It is quite quick. I don't have numbers for you, but I transferred a 1.83GB folder full of pics in 20 seconds. This was from another drive (read: drives, as it is a raid) to this one.
Cons: The drive proved interesting to install. Keep in mind if you have an older computer, as I do, you may run into some issues along the way. Fortunately, I've worked with pc's a long time including building all my own, so solving this, to me, was simple. When I first booted up my other drives (2 drives in a raid through a pci raid card then to the board) ceased being recognized by my board. Admittedly my board is old but it is an Asus. It is a p5b, for those interested. ...
Pros: This is one big hard drive and I tell you it is also fast. Was very easy to install, had it up and running in a matter of minutes. Its the Black Series and comes with a five year warranty the size is a whopping 4TB at 7200 RPM plus a nice 64 MB cache with a SATA 3 connection. I can't ask for anything else this baby has it.
Cons: Little pricey but if you want quality it will cost you
Summary: The good news is that Newegg shipped the drives in form-fitting individual air packs. The bad was that the packs still came loosely packed in an oversized box and one antistatic bag had a mangled corner. The corner of this disk was dinged slightly as if it bumped into something during the transfer from the WD 20-pack bulk box to Newegg's cushioned drive bag. This was the drive I put into a workstation to run WD's diagnostics on. No problems found, so not worth the RMA.
Pros: We recently purchased three of these drives for use in a RAID5 array. The performance is exceptionally good for 7200 RPM drives, even outpacing an array of older 10K SAS enterprise disks. In an array, we see over 260MB/s sustained throughput with very low latency. We have quite a few (more than 30!) of the previous WD Black 4TB models (WD4001FAEX). In a similar configuration the old model topped out at 180MB/s throughput with dog-slow latency. Western Digital advertis...
Cons: Shipping hard drives remains problematic for Newegg. We stopped purchasing OEM drives from Newegg some years ago because of the damage incurred from a unprotected disk banging around inside a large box. A sale price on these drives made taking a flyer worth it.
Pros: This hard drive is very fast for a HDD drive. The speeds I am getting out of it are very good. I am going to give you times for Gigs not just the read write speeds so you can really see a time line to compare it. I was using my WD Green Label 500 Gig as my control subject seeing is how most people are using them as their big data storage.
Pros: It's been a while since I've had a drive with a five-year warranty, and I'm feeling all nostalgic. And at 1.5 pounds, it really reminds me of my first drive, back in the 80s (except that drive’s capacity was 20 megs…)
Pros: Dual Processor Technology, 64mb Cache, Black Edition 7200 RPM Platter Speed, Ultra Quiet and very stable, Vibration Technology Control (VTC) for anti Vibration in unstable environments, Variable Mounting Configuration because of VTC, huge data storage, Variable cache changes from Read to Write Priorities on the Fly as the needs of the moments change, Fast, Stable Trac Secured shaft on both Axis, Corruption protection Technology that helps with data recovery during pow...
Cons: It gets warm. 35 to 38 C out of the Case Temps, Must be Formatted as GPT to get full Volume of disk, Cannot be Formatted or used as MBR without losing over 700gb of space, but if you format GPT and use UEFI Installed Motherboards boot priority the drive can be used to boot. It is twice the weight or more as the usual hard drive. OS Windows 7 and 8 (X86/64) and Macintosh only. UEFI capable Motherboard's only for using as Main boot disk