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WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch SATA 6 Gb-s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache WD1003FZEX by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache WD1003FZEX
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1528 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Installation5.0   above average
Cost4.7   above average
Transfer4.7   above average
Price4.6   average
Reliable4.6   average
Speed4.6   average
Shipping4.5   above average
Packaging4.4   above average
Capacity4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Reliability4.2   average
Warranty4.1   exceptional
Cable3.8   above average
Case3.4   average
Windows3.2   average
Read2.9   average
Write2.9   below average
Boot2.5   mediocre
Raid2.1   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"I am always getting disc error and computer will not boot correctly."
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"Worked great for month and my PC failed to boot."
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"I installed it as a replacement for my failing C drive and my computer now boots about 50 faster."
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"I don't recommend this as a main os boot drive (use a SSD for that), but it makes a great storage game drive."
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"I ended up figuring out I had fast boot enabled, and the SSD was not getting enough power time to boot up before the BIOS considered the OS to be unavailable."
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"Relatively quiet (though I can hear it spin up when I access data on it for the first time after booting up)Side note ~ After I installed it my PC failed to boot off my SSD."
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"Follows a line of GREAT WD drives, with the perfect amount of speed and size to boot."
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"Will eventually get a new SSHD to replace this one as the main boot drive, but for now this one is working perfectly."
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"Worked great for month and my PC failed to boot."
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"The drive did work on first boot with zero errors."
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"With this 2 TB drive for storage and an SSD for a boot drive, you'll be in the best of all possible worlds."
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Cable

Cable:
"The sata port seemed weak, and the plastic does not properly secure cable."
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"He told me that the problem might be the bad cable."
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"I switched the older SATA cable with a newer SATA cable I happened to have on the computer to find the problem still existing, so I told him about it."
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"A latching Sata Cable would have worked, but I'm not confident it would have stayed on."
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"I'm not sure how Western Digital had an oversight like this, pretty frustrating that I had to buy a $9 SATA cable because WD didn't follow the standard."
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"I would love to give it 4 but it doesnt come with the cables needed."
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"Make sure you pair these up with decent SATA III 6.0 Gbps cables."
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"I'm not sure how Western Digital had an oversight like this, pretty frustrating that I had to buy a $9 SATA cable because WD didn't follow the standard."
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"ie=UTF8&psc=1 cable in order to make a decent connection with the drive."
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"Its a very good product, but it lacks the info cable(ata) for connect it to the motherboard."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"I have seen forums on-line with many people complaining about they are only getting 1.8 mb s on WD large capacity (2-3TB) drives and returning them."
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"Nice dependable drives, but haven't been able to utilize the full capacity since Windows 7 doesn't have the ability to recognize the whole drive."
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"I definitely recommend an SSD to run your OS off of (I have a Samsung 840 SSD for that which I love).But for pure capacity and backup, the WD Black series at 4TB is king, and a great compromise of speed and capacity."
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"These are fast, reliable, and huge capacity."
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"This product is great for PC gamers with large libraries or creative professionals working with large 4K UHD video footage that demand both large capacity and high performance at a cost effective price point."
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"Great hard drive with durability and large capacity."
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"Good pricing on this HDD, great capacity and also very fast respond time!"
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"A wonderfully priced, large capacity hard drive."
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Case

Case:
"Maybe they just have terrible computer cases, idk."
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"Whatever the case, don't expect to be able to store files on it right off the bat."
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"The computer itself is very quiet, however, I noticed a rattling sound coming from the case that was very irritating so I tried to listen carefully and for the LONGEST time I thought that it was from the radiator fans because they were mounted horizontally (parallel to the floor) and it was maybe the bearings or something."
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"I purchased two to replace the 'going to fail soon' Seagate ... for one C: and the other for D: ... than I purchased a 2T external ... just in case I have any problems."
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"I also noticed that when I booted to win7 from it (I loaded a backup boot partition in case my SSD failed) the speed was impressive."
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"Easy to set up, easily installed in my case."
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"Works great in the external hard drive case."
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"I recorded the oh so repetitive sound it makes but please turn up your volume until the case fans are audible (because they are in real life)."
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"I dont Not recommend this hardrive, but I do however strongly recommend that you plug the hardrive in outside of the case and test to make sure that it doesnt rattle or anything like mine did before using."
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"My basics of my build were,- ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard- Intel i7-4770K CPU (Liquid cooled with a Corsair H100i Water Cooler)- (2) GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w ACX Cooling 3GB Vram (SLI)- Corsair 1200i PSU Fully Modular- All Corsair SP Fans (with the color rings including the H100i Radiator)All cased inside of a beautiful Corsair Obsidian 750d Case Now, for storage I chose this Western Digital 2TB Hardrive for basically everything, and one 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD for the OS."
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Cost

Cost:
"My total out of pocket cost to replace the DEFECTIVE drive...$31.54 that is a 20% premium over the initial cost of the drive to replace something that broke in just a tad over a month (of which I was on vacation for 10 days!"
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"The price increase was pretty reasonable and would certainly cover the cost of an warranty extension."
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"This product is great for PC gamers with large libraries or creative professionals working with large 4K UHD video footage that demand both large capacity and high performance at a cost effective price point."
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"The WD Greens make good storage drives at nearly half the cost as a similar WD Black since they read and write faster than you need to watch an HD movie, just make sure you disable their head parking which is excessive and wears them out faster."
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"They deliver amazing performance and reliable operation, AND at very reasonable cost."
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"Fast, great cost GB ratio for a performance drive"
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Installation

Installation:
"Installation was easy, just plug it in and works great."
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"if you are setting this drive to AHCI (not IDE), you must do so before installing the operating system - WD blacks are good drives"
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"The installation was simple and hard drive works great."
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"Installation was easy, not too expensive, operates very quickly and surprisingly quietly."
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"It's performed beautiful for me since installing it and is plenty big enough."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The Amazon packaging for this item was terrible, but the drive itself somehow managed to stay intact, which was already a great sign."
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"Opened up the box (About as bare bones as you can get for a hard drive shipment, but still packed appropriately in frustration free packaging)."
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")quick ship, ok packaging (not the best, but sufficient, this time)."
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"Shipped in standard WD packaging which seems to absorb some shock, which is good since the seller shipped it fairly loose in the outer box."
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"Drive was delivered on time and appeared to be packaged with care, in a nice, hard, little cardboard box."
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"Arrived promptly and was well packaged so it was easy to open plus fully protected during transit."
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"Received my package on time, and without any damage."
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"The package was on time and in good condition."
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Price

Price:
"The only thing I dislike is the price."
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"Buy a Seagate if you are going to complain about price."
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"Maybe not the best price to performance ratio seeing as I only use it for storage, but don't mind paying for the best."
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"I wasn't too pleased with the price for the 1TB since other hard-drives with similar storage were around twenty dollars cheaper."
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"I have had disk failures in the past, so I am putting my money on quality."
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"I figured i would give them one last try but as i see it they still sell junk and im not going to bother with them anymore because i just dont have the time to be dealing with faulty drives and time lost is money lost."
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"The best hard drive money can buy."
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"The price increase was pretty reasonable and would certainly cover the cost of an warranty extension."
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"Very happy with Amazon's price, availability, and shopping delivery process."
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"For what I paid ($151.00 in Aug 2015) I am very pleased with price performance ratio."
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"The black WD hard drive is the best Gb per dollar price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I have had disk failures in the past, so I am putting my money on quality."
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"Other reviewers have had quality and return problems after a few months and have submitted lower ratings."
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"Still as a customer you expect Western Digital's quality checks to catch broken products like this."
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"Simple enough process but not happy about the initial quality."
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"The build quality is always there, and none of the drives i have used from them, have failed yet to this day."
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"Great Hard drive best for those who don't wanna worry about bad Quality"
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"The quality is good."
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"Good quality drive, good price, plug and play."
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"The western digital black series is a really great quality hard drive, very reliable."
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"Speed is good and so is the quality."
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Raid

Raid:
"I got 2 of these WD black drives to put in a mirror raid so if one drive fails i still have my data."
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"Works out much better than my predesessor failing RAID 1 setup with 2x1TB Seagates (roughly about 4 years old each so I got my use out of them)."
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"I built a server with a USB3.0 attached RAID5 storage device, but used a crappy old drive I had laying around for the system (C:) drive."
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"I have a Dlink DNS-323 RAID 1 NAS Firmware 1.08 1.10 (last one issued before they quit supporting it)I had bought 2 of the hard drives originally at B-e-s-t Buy, again 6+ years ago for some ridiculous price back thenWell one of the hard drives failed, and it was good that it was on RAID 1 with 1 TB of storage."
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"I also have two WD 500gb Black Sata II drives that have been running RAID-0 for 3+ years without any issues as well."
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"As long as the drives fail one at a time, my RAID array stays intact."
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"Working great in raid 1 array for backup purposes."
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"These are great Hard drives for a fast raid setup"
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"Excellent hard drives, I bought 2 for a raid 1 array to store important information on."
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"So far, so good in our RAID array."
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"I have a Dlink DNS-323 RAID 1 NAS Firmware 1.08 1.10 (last one issued before they quit supporting it)I had bought 2 of the hard drives originally at B-e-s-t Buy, again 6+ years ago for some ridiculous price back thenWell one of the hard drives failed, and it was good that it was on RAID 1 with 1 TB of storage."
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Read

Read:
"It reads and writes very fast and my only two downsides with it is that its a pretty loud hard drive."
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"But I started to read other reviews of this drive and have found it to be a common problem."
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"Underneath your desk is probably better, but still every time it starts to read write, you won't be able to help yourself but to notice."
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"After a few days of normal operation I was met with multiple fatal system hangs from the hard drive failing to read the disk."
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"great improvement over my old failing drive so much faster on read write times."
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"It isnt Clicking like the read heads are having problem at all, but is very audible."
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"While I love the drive I should have read the listing a little better and bought this drive directly from WD."
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"It reads and writes very fast and my only two downsides with it is that its a pretty loud hard drive."
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"I see about 179MBs read on the WD which is on par with a typical good drive."
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"Excellent read write caching - 7200k rpm - The best value for the money"
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"Great HDD,High performance, I got Read speed of 180mb s and write speed of 150mb s. Best For Gaming! "
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Reliability

Reliability:
"This drive is still rather new, so the jury is still out on the reliability, but it should sense an upcoming failure with the Intel Rapid Storage software."
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"I gave the drive 4 stars because I was not happy with the reliability of a previous product."
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"Performance and reliability are amazing."
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"Good performance and I hope a good reliability, as described in the WD site."
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"Excellent performance for magnetic storage, and with WD reliability."
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"I've found Western Digital drives to be the best for speed and reliability, but this one is pretty noisy."
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"I would recommend theses for any computer based on the performance and the reliability of WD."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"Not the cheapest but a good reliable drive."
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"All of them have been reliable with no failures, and great performance."
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"Fast, reliable, never had 1 (have dozens in use) fail."
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"Very reliable and easy install."
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"They've been reliable for me, and their performance compared to their price is nice."
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"Only time will tell if the black series is more reliable - they are replacing some exceptionally UNRELIABLE MyBooks."
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"The performance of the drive is steady and reliable, so far, so good! "
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"The western digital black series is a really great quality hard drive, very reliable."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"However he was also unable to access my new account so he started a new one but got my email address wrong so I did not get a shipping label."
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"Love Western Digital - Great Item - Fast Shipping - Will Purchase Again"
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"Good price and fast shipping."
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"I am happy with it, very reliable so far, I have bought this brand before, Western digital is VERY good at honoring their warranties, including shipping both ways at their expense, as long as you pay full price."
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"Great bargain, Fast shipping"
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"perfect, working great so far, very good on shipping and customer services."
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Speed

Speed:
"I have had one error 'can't access drive fast enough' but I just tried again and it was fine."
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"It is extremely fast and I have never seen one fail."
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"It reads and writes very fast and my only two downsides with it is that its a pretty loud hard drive."
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"speed is on point nothing hidden."
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"Maybe not the best price to performance ratio seeing as I only use it for storage, but don't mind paying for the best."
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"I have transferred large files (50 and 60 gb) at bursts of 160 mbs and above and constant write speeds of between 140 and 150 mbs with no errors."
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"Nice and quiet and fast from the little I have used it."
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"For what I paid ($151.00 in Aug 2015) I am very pleased with price performance ratio."
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"These are fast, reliable, and huge capacity."
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"Easy to install, fast and tons of space."
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"Great harddrive and excellent speeds."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Maybe it's endemic to hdd, because my solid state hard drive in my existing computer shows a much higher transfer rate with no degradation during the testing period."
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"It has a good transfer rate for not being a ssd and I've always had good experiences with WD (I have a 9yr old 120GB still running the OS in my old AMD 64 build), unlike seagate where every drive I've had from them has died within a few months."
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"It's faster than most other hard drives as well, 7200 RPM and transfers data much faster than old average hard drives."
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"This was a bit by bit transfer so my operating system (Windows 7)booted perfectly."
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"Great transfer speeds and very reliable."
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"Excellent storage - low noise and good transfer rate."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I had a Western Digital drive fail and emailed the company within the warranty and was mailed a replacement drive."
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"To return the drive email the serial number and date to the manufacturer and if your within the 2 year warranty it should be replaced they will ask about the problems your having."
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"Guess I'll buy Seagate next time - Update - my bad, I entered a wrong digit when checking on warranty status, so it is under warranty after all"
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"Out of 35 drives I bought over the years I had only two that failed (fortunately within warranty)."
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"Only problem is it doesn't last as long as the warranty."
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"The price increase was pretty reasonable and would certainly cover the cost of an warranty extension."
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"Aside from that, it seems to have a good warranty, just make sure to use S. M. A. R. T monitoring software to catch any issues asap."
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"I love the 5 year warranty this hard drive has too, it's a big plus! "
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"Excellent drive with 5yr warranty."
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"Good Deal - 5-year warranty !"
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Windows

Windows:
"I thought it was a windows problem."
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"Not sure if it was the disk's fault, or something with Windows, but I got another one and its been working great.2 3 of my disks work perfectly."
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"Nice dependable drives, but haven't been able to utilize the full capacity since Windows 7 doesn't have the ability to recognize the whole drive."
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"It show's the other 2 TB but it's not able to format regardless of the program or windows version."
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"I run Windows 7 in my HP Pavilion desktop and Windows was warning me that my original Seagate 1TB was going to fail soon so, after reading reviews, I decided to replace it with this WD drive."
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"Did not work with Windows 7 wrong driver and no support from WD Had to use a windows driver to get it to work."
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"Easy to install and allocate, was recognized instantly with Windows 8.1."
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"When I ran the Windows 7 computer rating system all the components pretty much got a top rating, 7.9, except for this hard drive which got 5.9."
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"Be aware that you must have a compatible motherboard to use this with windows 7 or you will only see 2TB."
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"Not sure if it was the disk's fault, or something with Windows, but I got another one and its been working great.2 3 of my disks work perfectly."
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"This was a bit by bit transfer so my operating system (Windows 7)booted perfectly."
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Write

Write:
"It reads and writes very fast and my only two downsides with it is that its a pretty loud hard drive."
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"Underneath your desk is probably better, but still every time it starts to read write, you won't be able to help yourself but to notice."
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"I have transferred large files (50 and 60 gb) at bursts of 160 mbs and above and constant write speeds of between 140 and 150 mbs with no errors."
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"So far I am not getting the speeds I would like (120 Mbps sequential read and 100 Mbps write) I would like to address some concerns I had about the drive from some of the negative reviews."
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"great improvement over my old failing drive so much faster on read write times."
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"Write rate is not that impressive and it is a little bit noisier than other drives."
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"It reads and writes very fast and my only two downsides with it is that its a pretty loud hard drive."
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"Excellent read write caching - 7200k rpm - The best value for the money"
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"Great HDD,High performance, I got Read speed of 180mb s and write speed of 150mb s. Best For Gaming! "
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"A very good hard drive, good read write speeds for a non-SSD and a 7200 rpm drive."
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"The read and write speeds are great and the physical build of the drives are very solid."
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