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WD Black2 Dual Drive 2.5 120 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Kit (WD1001X06XDTL) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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WD Black2 Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit (WD1001X06XDTL)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 305 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 9.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.3   below average
Speed4.3   average
Partition4.1   exceptional
Boot4.0   average
Read3.6   average
Installation2.6   mediocre
Windows2.1   mediocre


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Boot

Boot:
"However after some time the magnetic drive started going faulty, I could boot up the computer fine, and it would work for about 1 hour, but then I was unable to access any files on the magnetic drive anymore."
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"Some have given this drive a poor rating because if the SSD portion of the drive fails or you cannot boot windows successfully, you will not be able to copy the data off the 1TB platter drive due to not having the necessary drivers loaded."
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"However, when I attempted to download the utilities I needed (as it pointed out in the instructions) I received and unusual error of boot log not found."
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"The SSD is quick and snappy, and allows nice and speedy Windows boot."
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"Very Good Boot = 5 secondsHint: Install windows partition and EX; PhotoshopOffice onto SSDand Big installs like games onto the HDD."
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"Boots up really quickly, and amazing to have all that in the same 2.5 footprint inside my HP-Tx2z."
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"This did speed up boot as well as seek times."
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"This was my first SSD, and I really like it, and was amazed with my 7 second boot, however once my drive started to fill up, my boot time went up to around double that (despite disabling startup things in task manager)."
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Installation

Installation:
"My computer was unresponsive after installation."
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"(in my view cloning is easier than a clean install since that would save me days of installing software and updating Windows and possibly the hassle of forgetting something and not realize until I need it)."
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"Never the less I dealed with a lot of bad problems during installation:The environment: ACER Aspire 5940G, Intel i7-720QM, 4 GB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650 1GB RAM, Windows 7 Professional 32 bit SP1 and the WD Black2 Dual Drive 120 GB SSD plus 1 TB HDD."
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"The HW installation into the HDD slot of the ACER 5940G was no problem, there was plenty enough space."
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"The problems:1) After Installation of the WIN7 OS SP1 and all required drivers there where about 180 missing windows updates."
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"Three new installations were failing with exactly the same scenario."
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"Also instruction for installation were GREAT!"
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"Without installing the software you are only able to access the 120 GB SSD."
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"Installation was painless, I used the included USB to SATA adapter and Acronis software to clone my existing drive, then swapped out the hardware and installed the WD software to unlock the 1TB drive."
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"Overall I had no problems installing it, but I noticed that the rotating portion of this drive stops and goes, stops and goes in some tome periods, like 12 seconds or so."
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"Installation is quick and easy."
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Partition

Partition:
"Simple to replace your old drive just make sure the OS is on a partition smaller than 128GB or it's presents challenges."
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"The final solution was to install the MS Windows updates in logical packages less than 50 pieces and a further new fix Microsoft KB3024777.2) Now with the finally clean installed Windows 7 the downloaded WD program WDBlack2_5.1.532.1.exe should install the 1 TB HDD partition but it always failed with appcrash code C0000005 and wdpartition_tool."
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"Very Good Boot = 5 secondsHint: Install windows partition and EX; PhotoshopOffice onto SSDand Big installs like games onto the HDD."
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"I needed to install numerous PS LR plugins and a part of my primary partition space conservation tactic was to install some of them on the 1T spinner partition (Data D:).So far the system is running great (and fast)."
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"I was able to get 128 Gb portion partition it."
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"Windows 10 recognized the boot partition without issue and then after the install of the OS completed and all updates and drivers were installed, I then reinstalled the storage partition and all is working perfectly."
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"I installed the WD Software on my original drive OS and with the WD Black2 connected with the provided USB cable interface, the software was able to show the magnetic portion as a second partition."
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Price

Price:
"Unfortunately, this is the price a paid for a poor product."
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"The caveat to the low ($125) price is that the drive needs an immediate firmware update which requires a 1GB (or greater) USB drive, a basic understanding of Terminal shell command line, and a little patience."
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"Love it for the price! "
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"If you have a desktop PC with space for multiple drives, you'll probably be better off with separate SSD and mechanical drives but for a laptop with room for only one drive this is a near perfect solution until SSD prices can compete with traditional mechanical hard drives."
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"While I'd love to put all SSD in my Pro, that can wait until the price comes way down."
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"The speed is impressive for the price and it is quiet unless you are listening to it."
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"You're better off buying a small ssd for os and a nice 1tb 7200rpm for the same price."
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Read

Read:
"I have read some of the negative reviews and it's a shame they had issues with this drive, for me, it was a cakewalk."
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"Then i started having drive read errors, just moving stuff around on the HDD portion."
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"For a SATA 3 limitation though, the speeds I got are very good, especially when compared against the 5 year old failing 250 GB HDD that was only getting about 30 MB s read write, which forced me to upgrade and restore files from backups to this drive."
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"Mind you for every day typical use this drive is fantastic, you get both the speed of the SSD and the storage you need, however I had to take it out of my new gaming laptop and put the old one back in because having two drives trying to read over one SATA port is pretty much crap for gaming... the result was large pauses and stutters in my games whenever windows needed to write to a log file of access another running program in the background."
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"This was fine for me -- I was able to fit it in my ASUS UX32-VD laptop, but I've read that not all laptops have as generous an HD slot, so this is something to consider for folks who want to upgrade."
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"I will later enable Bitlocker drive encryption on both the SSD and HDD for security reasons and will post new read write speeds in the updated review, as well as the overall performance of the drive."
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"My processor does NOT support hardware encryption acceleration via the hardware like modern processors often do (Modern i3, i5, i7's), so when using AES encryption on older processors you get a pretty big hit on read write rates."
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"Western Digital: If you read this, PLEASE ADD A HUGE WARNING SOMEHOW... OR MAKE THE SOFTWARE BE ABLE TO SET THE DRIVE BACK TO FACTORY STATE EVEN WHEN IT IS CONNECTED EXTERNALLY THROUGH THE CABLE YOU PROVIDED WITH THE DRIVE!"
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Speed

Speed:
"It is painfully slow."
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"I have opened 6 VMs at one time with no issues or speed problems."
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"Before the WD Black 2 my Passmark performance rating on my laptop was 1959. not very impressive."
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"Apparently, it didn't care about the performance problems."
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"Most importantly, my unit proved to have horrendous performance problems in the HDD portion."
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"With the very noticeable performance problems that arose whenever dealing with the HDD portion, this unit was simply unacceptable."
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"Good seller, Fast shipping, Great product, highly RECOMMENDED."
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"I originally made this purchase to speed up operating system performance and have a decent amount of extra storage within the same footprint."
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"For a windows user the setup is very easy and would consider it an excellent option for speed and extra capacity."
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"Waooo super fast and useful, I have the best of both worlds."
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Windows

Windows:
"This Dual Drive is limited to Windows operating systems only, unfortunately."
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"None of them are too complicated, but in the interest of disclosure and all...Big Caveat: If you are putting this in a Macbook and you need to run Windows concurrently, I strongly recommend against using Bootcamp."
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"Unless you've uninstalled the Black2 software they provide (it originally comes as a 120GB SSD and to access the other 1TB you need to install said software) Windows lumps it into a 1043GB drive, which can cause many problems."
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"The only problem I had was my windows 8.1 would not allow the Acronis software to clone the drive after the restart until I made changes in the BIOS."
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"(in my view cloning is easier than a clean install since that would save me days of installing software and updating Windows and possibly the hassle of forgetting something and not realize until I need it)."
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"Now, the manual clearly states that the drive do not support RAID, the solution is to enter the BIOS and change the SATA setting to AHCI, the problem is if I do this Windows will not start (Why I installed windows in RAID mode in the first place when I have only one drive in the system is beyond me), the good news is that this can be fixed with a little (and careful) registry tweaking (see http: en."
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"For a windows user the setup is very easy and would consider it an excellent option for speed and extra capacity."
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"The SSD is quick and snappy, and allows nice and speedy Windows boot."
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"Install your favorite windows OS in parallels and you are good to go."
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"This drive is great for laptop users who want the best of both but only as long as you are running Windows."
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"Very Good Boot = 5 secondsHint: Install windows partition and EX; PhotoshopOffice onto SSDand Big installs like games onto the HDD."
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