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WD Blue 1TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb-s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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WD Blue 1TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 3989 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 2.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Reliable4.7   average
Shipping4.6   above average
Speed4.6   average
Capacity4.5   above average
Quality4.2   average
Packaging4.1   average
Read4.1   above average
Write4.1   average
Installation3.9   below average
Cost3.7   below average
Windows3.5   average
Boot3.3   below average
Service3.3   below average
Cable3.2   below average
Raid3.0   average
Reliability3.0   mediocre
Case2.9   below average
Warranty2.2   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"Original hard drive failed( wouldn't boot)."
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"Then one day it failed to boot up."
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"I had a bit of trouble getting it to boot at first, but I think that was just user error."
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"Degraded is the status that XP was reporting upon boot up."
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"After which a hard forms and if it lasts for the 2 months after install, drive dies or has loading problem(boot or otherwise)."
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"If and when the desktop drive fails I will just plug this drive in, boot up and download latest data from backup."
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"The drive gave me no problems and was fine thru the boot up and installation of the OS."
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"(Seriously get an ssd as a boot drive though, they are amazing! )"
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"Installed my hard drive and got wonderful beeps from my motherboard and no boot."
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"This is the perfect complement to any system running with an SSD boot drive."
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"Works really well pc boots in 5 secs"
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Cable

Cable:
"Unfortunately this is not the case - I had to buy a separate cable to connect to the motherboard, and the some screws to hold it in place."
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"I don't buy hard drives very often, so I must say I was a bit disappointed that it didn't come in a box with a manual and cables and screws."
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"The SATA port on the back was very fragile and broke when I plugged the SATA cable in (and, yes, I was very gentle)."
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"Slightly disappointed there was no SATA cable included, oh well."
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"Not sure how this happened but my drive came with some damage to the cable mounting area."
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"This damage is right at the spot where the SATA Cable plugs into the drive so the plug does not lock into place."
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"It's nice not to be messing around with USB cables anymore..I just check the back-up (file dates) every few weeks to make sure it's still cooking along.."
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"Installed very easy, all I needed to get for it was a sata cable as my computer already had a power jack for it."
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"It installed very easily and with a SATA 3 cable was up and humming along in no time."
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"Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 70A4000HUX i3-4130 3.4GHz (Comes with 4GB or RAM) [4 5]WD Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive [5 5]EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB GDDR5 64bit DVI HDMI VGA Low Profile Graphics Card [5 5]iClever IC-RF01 2.4G Ultra Mini Wireless Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad [5 5]Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for WindowsAmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable - 6.5 FeetThe build went very smoothly."
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"Easy install, just make sure you have the SATA cable."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"Solid, reliable, and my only regret is it doesn't come in a higher capacity."
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"It replaces an old, failing hard drive that had a fraction of the capacity."
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"Solid, reliable, and my only regret is it doesn't come in a higher capacity."
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"It has great capacity, and my computer feels like it's running faster as well ever since I installed it."
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"This hard drive model is a good balance between performance and a great price for those looking to upgrade from smaller capacity drives."
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"Doubled the drive capacity for a good price."
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"Often, two or more of these 1TB or 2TB are better than fewer HDD of greater capacities! "
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Case

Case:
"Unfortunately this is not the case - I had to buy a separate cable to connect to the motherboard, and the some screws to hold it in place."
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"i touch it ounce to put in the case and never again, then again maybe mine was faulty."
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"In the case of my new machine, I started having problems very shortly after I loaded Windows."
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"i'm using this HDD on a surveillance system, so far so good.... i'll update this review in case something go wrong with it..."
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"The only complaint is that sometimes it makes my case vibrate a little more but its not easy to hear it unless your ear is somewhat close,"
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"If I need a drive in the future I will purchase this again..Using a well ventilated gaming case you can hear this thing writing but under normal use it is not loud and does not get hot."
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"grate drive, well priced, when used in conjunction with an ssd drive,you have all the speed and comfort of a sports carin a computer case."
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"I installed into a small security DVR; it works fine but is a bit noisy - it hums pretty loudly in the case."
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"This simple mod was easy to install and did not involve removing the case on my PS3, voiding my warranty, or violating the terms of service in any way."
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"i'm using this HDD on a surveillance system, so far so good.... i'll update this review in case something go wrong with it..."
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Cost

Cost:
"Personally, I figured I could afford to spend the cost of another WD Blue should it fail after 2 years, so the extra warranty period for the WD Black was not a factor for me."
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"It's the design compromise chosen to reduce power requirements and cost."
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"The Amazon price for either a 2 TB WD Green drive, twice the storage, or a 1 TB WD Black drive - higher performance and 5 year warranty - is not substantially greater than the cost of this drive."
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"I replaced all those Green drives with Black drives (high performance, but at double the cost) because I've never had a Black drive fail."
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"Fast, cheap storage that provides best the option for cost per gigabyte."
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"With the cost of today's storage being pretty low you should never NOT have a backup of all your vital data."
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"As always, the WD caviar blue series never fails to provide lots of great reliable storage for minimal cost."
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"The cost, quality, and performance of their HDD is exceptional."
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"good product, for the cost."
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Installation

Installation:
"My only complaint is an installation guide, but that is what Google is for."
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"I had a lot of problems installing this hard drive."
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"Began to fail SMART several weeks after installation, but WD support was quick and easy to work with getting it replaced at no charge."
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"The only problems was a missing drive with a fresh w7 profecional installation but I fix it and so far after that it works fine NP and its a quiet drive for a 7200 drive ..."
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"It installed easily, was seen by my computer immediately, and I had no trouble installing Windows 8.1 Pro on it (my last drive failed for some reason after a M$ update and I was in a recurring BSOD)."
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"The first product arrived, but broke during installation."
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"Thanks to the WD user guides on YouTube this was really easy - both the hardware installation and the software set up."
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"This hard drive got me going again, super easy installation."
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"In the past I've never had a problem installing WD drives except when in an older system that had to have the BIOS upgraded."
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"The drive gave me no problems and was fine thru the boot up and installation of the OS."
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"The hard drive installation was easy and it works well and is fast."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Package arrived intact with no sign of damage."
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"No issues at all and great packaging."
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"The drive arrived in a box within a box with a gap on the side and top with no padding, so poor packaging likely contributed to its demise, but I'm very disappointed in the build quality of this drive."
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"Also, the unit was well packaged to avoid any damage (box within a box and spacers to keep unit from moving)."
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"I have yet to test the second 10EZE drive that I use as a backup...These drives come in a brown cardboard box - NOT a factory sealed package, so trying to get RMA is useless and you'll be out your money."
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"It seemed a good HDD to me, but the packaging was horrible only an airbag as protection for an HDD is just not enough, when plugged it sounds like broken and no Microsoft Windows or Unix can read from or write to it, after an hard analize it the GPT table is damaged and the disk overheats, not a good call i must say, i've received a damaged HDD."
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"It seemed to be well packaged, and looked fairly professional."
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"Easy to install and good packaging."
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"odd packaging but it works perfectly! "
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"The drive came in very adequate packaging which was nice to see."
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"packaged well,did the job with no problems"
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Price

Price:
"For the price of this drive it is hard to beat!"
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"Cheap insurance for if when the primary drive fails or we ever run into a software glitch."
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"I got it for a good sale price though so I am only slightly annoyed by my missing space."
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"It neither exceeded or failed my expectations and was at the price I was willing to pay."
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"complete failure less than 2 years, don't waste your MONEY! "
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"Great price.. Hard to get better than Western Digital."
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"Very good performance, runs quietly, has excellent life span, for a decent price."
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"Good price for a good HD."
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"The RIGHT part at a GOOD price shipped Fast!"
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"Fast shipping and good price"
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"The 1TB WD Blue offers a lot of storage and apparently good speed for a very low price."
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Quality

Quality:
"But people need to beware of the unethical practice of some of these sellers, due to quality defects and questionable warranty issues."
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"I've had WD's for over a decade, but something must have changed in their quality control, because two drives dead in two months?"
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"The drive arrived in a box within a box with a gap on the side and top with no padding, so poor packaging likely contributed to its demise, but I'm very disappointed in the build quality of this drive."
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"i build computers for a living and no one beats their mean time between failure quality."
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"is of very poor quality and I could only use it for a week, I do not recommend anyone buy it because if your money is to vote"
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"I would not recommend purchasing this drive at least until WD gets their quality control back in order."
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"I was very happy with the quality"
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"Good quality and dependable"
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"Price, performance, a quality brand (arguably the best in the game for desktop hard drives)."
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"WD is reliable, efficient, and affordable quality."
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"The cost, quality, and performance of their HDD is exceptional."
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Raid

Raid:
"The last thing which helped me pick the Blue line was a Western Digital document which specifically stated that both the Black and Blue drives are fine in Desktop RAID setups -- Intel RST, LSI HBAs, etc -- they just aren't recommended for NAS Enterprise RAID setups."
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"Had no problem using them in either RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration."
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"Bought two to replace my old Samsung RAID 0 drives when one started generating errors."
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"Bought to upgrade a 512GB RAID array, starting to see SMART errors on one of the 512GB drives after about 3 years in service."
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"Degraded the review to 2 stars just like it degraded my raid."
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"Perfect upgrade to my current Caviar 500Gb RAID 1 home system."
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"So far so good; using as 1 2 of a software RAID-10 in my shinny new site server."
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"So far so good working in a home raid 5 setup"
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"Takes a good backup program to put your raid back together again."
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"Great for running 2-4+ drives in raid 0 achieving almost SSD speeds for games ect."
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Read

Read:
"It seemed a good HDD to me, but the packaging was horrible only an airbag as protection for an HDD is just not enough, when plugged it sounds like broken and no Microsoft Windows or Unix can read from or write to it, after an hard analize it the GPT table is damaged and the disk overheats, not a good call i must say, i've received a damaged HDD."
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"The funny thing is that I have read reviews on some SSD's that aren't that pretty."
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"I read that is a sign of a failing hard drive."
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"I did a Google search and read about others who had problems with a humming sound coming from their hard drives."
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"Problem was that I was rubbish with hard drive size and failed to read the PS3 requirement hard drive replacement details."
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"Read times are scary fast compared to the old drive that was in there from 2005 but that is to be expected."
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"I read reviews about this product and for me at this moment I'm very pleased and if in 6 months I'm still happy I will write an updated review! "
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"so far working great, good read and write speed,"
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"Good reads, good writes."
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"Read write speeds more than satisfactory for accessing movies and games."
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"Wonderful read write speed and stays cool even through heavy use."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"They are reliable in a general computing environment that does not require a more robust drive for reliability."
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"I stopped using WD on 2004 because of its reliability and drives failures."
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"Fortunately, I have no had a Western Digital drive fail on me yet, so I feel I can count on WD's reliability, but we will see."
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"When Western Digital released the Green line of hard drives, I invested heavily into those high-capacity, low-cost drives, but their collective reliability was awful, often lasting only a few months before failing."
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"Good speed and reliability"
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"Great drive at a great price, awesome reliability, great performance."
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"I really recommend WD products for their reliability."
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"Western Digital has always been my go to for reliability and best 'bang for buck' factor."
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"Which in my book is pretty good reliability (>25,000 hours)Works great in FreeNAS server for home network storage of photos, music, downloads and what not."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"Solid, reliable, and my only regret is it doesn't come in a higher capacity."
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"It is reliable (from my own experience it has a lower fail rate than the Blacks) -- The platters are in a better layout design ..And again, it's quiet."
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"I have purchased 3 of these drives and I must say I love them for being cheap and reliable."
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"Based on historical purchases and hardware use, I prefer WD drives over any other, more reliable, solid company, good prices right now."
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"Reliable, easy to install, and a good price."
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"So far so good and reliable."
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"Other than that, these have been super reliable and I highly recommend them! "
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Service

Service:
"In the last 3 years I've purchased 5 WD hard drives for personal use, and it's disappointing that customer service is not there when needed."
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"WD warranty service is not that easy to use."
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"came broken but great customer service"
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"Customer Service Review: When the drive broke I called Western Digital to see what my options were."
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"Bought to upgrade a 512GB RAID array, starting to see SMART errors on one of the 512GB drives after about 3 years in service."
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"Fewer failures, great customer service, and under warranty they send a new one without questions."
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"great product and service"
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"The Geeksquad (thank you) had helped me with great service and told me after diagnostics that it WAS the HDD."
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"Excellent product...and service"
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"Outstanding service, highly recommended."
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"Came in fast and undamaged thanks for the great price and service."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"it is packed perfectly when it is shipped so that no damage in shipping."
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"* The drive moving around slightly damaged the corners of a boxed DVD set which was in the same shipping box."
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"it has more than enough space and does a good job, fast shipping too"
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"Fast shipping and good price"
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"Works excellent and fast shipping."
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"Shipping was fast and easy."
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"Amazon prime membership is sometimes a great option with free 2 day shipping on many purchases."
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Speed

Speed:
"If I wasn't hooked on the speed I get with an SSD, If I didn't love SSD speeds I wouldn't hesitate to run one of these as my main drive if I was on a budget and didn't care that I got a shorter warranty vs. the Black drives."
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"You may want to consider compatibility before purchasing this drive as not all mb's are compatible with that speed, otherwise you'd be purchasing a drive that can handle up to 6GB's but if your motherboard only gives 3GB for example then you will not fully benefit the higher end speed of this drive."
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"Did not perform as well as I expected"
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"All drives should be defragmented as part of system maintenance, but it makes a more significant impact on a drive like the Blue, which is to say the drive's performance seems to degrade more than drives with faster seek times if you don't defragment the drive."
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"Blue's also have only 2 year warranties (mine just aged out of warranty, which prompted me to both shop and write this).The Blue would require good defragmentation periodically, because of it's weak seek performance."
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"it has more than enough space and does a good job, fast shipping too"
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"Very good performance, runs quietly, has excellent life span, for a decent price."
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"Great performance and quiet so far."
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"The RIGHT part at a GOOD price shipped Fast!"
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"Fast shipping and good price"
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I was worried about TLER (lack there of) and the shorter warranty period but when I realized they could both be put in a RAID setup, the difference between these drives became a non-factor."
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"Personally, I figured I could afford to spend the cost of another WD Blue should it fail after 2 years, so the extra warranty period for the WD Black was not a factor for me."
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"WD has the serial number, and can find its sales record, but is not able to process the warranty claim."
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"WD warranty service is not that easy to use."
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"That one failed SMART checks within warranty and about 2 months after installation."
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"Had three of these, they all failed three weeks after the warranty period (3 years) expired."
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"If you don't already know, WD Blue is the standard Hard drive you'd use for just about any project, the Green's are lower power consumption (great for secondary drives), the black are fast and have long warranty (good for gaming), the red's are made for Network attached storage and spin constantly and reliably, and the purples are made specifically for Surveillance cameras, optimized for constant data writes and rewrites, and optimized for video."
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"It is fast, reliable and quiet, it carries a 2 year warranty and I am very pleased with Amazon for promoting the WD Brand."
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"Warranty is decent."
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"It was good that I registered it so it was easy to get warranty with Western Digital using their website."
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"Drives used to come with much better warranties and I'd love to return to those old school beasties that I could install and forget for five years."
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Windows

Windows:
"This drive went in no problem as always, formatted and had Windows up and running fairly quickly."
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"The last one however Windows could't find for some weird reason."
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"Unfortunately, even after Windows was reinstalled I still got the Scanning and repairing drive (C:) message."
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"Various sources said that either the drive was dead or Windows was corrupt."
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"I have the Green drive and I thought that was the problem why I could not install Windows 10 Tech Preview."
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"In Windows you'll get a considerable boost against the weak seek times by enabling the advanced write cache feature (but only if you have a UPS, and you should have a UPS).I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another Blue 1T if the situation calls for it, but it's a dated design at this point when compared to other offerings (now that 2T and 3T drives are coming down in price), and the cost per Gbyte isn't such a bargain if you purchased two of them."
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"I was happy after i had installed windows 8.1 Pro & this drive together."
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"put it in my hp loaded windows seven , works great."
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"Disk works great, but use caution if you plan to use this with Windows Vista or earlier OSs."
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"All went in no issues, was able to easily install and run windows 8.1 for her directly out of the box."
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"I have an HP P6310f and I was finally able to install Windows 10 Tech Preview but it was really sluggish."
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Write

Write:
"In Windows you'll get a considerable boost against the weak seek times by enabling the advanced write cache feature (but only if you have a UPS, and you should have a UPS).I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another Blue 1T if the situation calls for it, but it's a dated design at this point when compared to other offerings (now that 2T and 3T drives are coming down in price), and the cost per Gbyte isn't such a bargain if you purchased two of them."
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"It run fairly quite (not the quietest HD I have worked with but not the loudest) and has good write speeds."
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"It seemed a good HDD to me, but the packaging was horrible only an airbag as protection for an HDD is just not enough, when plugged it sounds like broken and no Microsoft Windows or Unix can read from or write to it, after an hard analize it the GPT table is damaged and the disk overheats, not a good call i must say, i've received a damaged HDD."
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"Failed the Write Zero's test on ever sector."
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"not know where to write to complain."
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"If anything fails I will write about it."
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"I read reviews about this product and for me at this moment I'm very pleased and if in 6 months I'm still happy I will write an updated review! "
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"so far working great, good read and write speed,"
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"Good reads, good writes."
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"Read write speeds more than satisfactory for accessing movies and games."
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"Wonderful read write speed and stays cool even through heavy use."
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