WD 1TB Black 3.5" SATA6GB/S 7200rpm 64MB

Product overview



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WD Caviar Black

Sophisticated performance enhancing features deliver the speed you need for demanding applications like photo and video editing and Internet gaming.

High performance, high capacity, high reliability, and cutting-edge technology make up WD Black, the ideal drive for those who demand only the best.



Product Description
WD Black Performance Hard Drive WD1002FAEX - hard drive - 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s
Hard drive - internal
1 TB
Form Factor
3.5" x 1/3H
SATA 6Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate
600 MBps
Buffer Size
64 MB
Spindle Speed
7200 rpm
StableTrac, NoTouch ramp load technology, dual processor , S.M.A.R.T.
Dimensions (WxDxH)
10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2.5 cm
0.69 kg
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years warranty



Device Type
Hard drive - internal
1 TB
Form Factor
3.5" x 1/3H
SATA 6Gb/s
Buffer Size
64 MB
StableTrac, NoTouch ramp load technology, dual processor , S.M.A.R.T.
10.2 cm
14.7 cm
2.5 cm
0.69 kg


Drive Transfer Rate
600 MBps (external)
Internal Data Rate
126 MBps
Average Latency
4.2 ms
Spindle Speed
7200 rpm


Non-Recoverable Errors
1 per 10^14
Start / Stop Cycles

Expansion & Connectivity

1 x SATA 6 Gb/s - 7 pin Serial ATA
Compatible Bays
1 x 3.5" x 1/3H - internal


Compliant Standards

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
Limited warranty - 5 years

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature
0 °C
Max Operating Temperature
60 °C
Shock Tolerance
30 g @ 2ms (operating) / 300 g @ 2ms (non-operating)

Customer reviews

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5* Brilliant drive at a great price
Reviewed by Adam on 05/12/2010
I purchased 4 of these for use in a new DAW configuration. I was intending to use them in a RAID setup, but I've found the performance to be so good there was no need. I'm running a big project here, one drive handling around 120 audio tracks (mono 48KHz 32bit) without any problem at all.
Very happy.
5* Foursome in RAID 10
Reviewed by Brian on 28/01/2011
Awesome speed and keen price. Using 4 of them in a RAID 10 array with Ubuntu. Who needs SSD?
5* Fast Drive - Great Price
Reviewed by James on 25/01/2011
This is a great drive. I bought it for a new Win 7 Pro install and I am very impressed with the performance. The price point and massive capacity make this an easy buy :-) One thing to watch out for: older Gigagbyte MBs may render the drive useless (at a 32 MB capacity). If this happens update your BIOS and restore the drive to factory settings using this tool -
5* and they are still making Velociraptor ?
Reviewed by doug thompson on 25/07/2010
If you are a speed freak you would choose a Velociraptor until now. Where as this drive is a 1ms slower of average seek time(finding your data) its has 4 times the buffer space, faster internal data bus. Double the speen of the SAS to the buffer. so unless your disk is badly fragmented the 1ms difference is meaningless. The difference matter is in the order of magnitude in the Mean Time between Failures where this drive wins. I assume that WD are looking at the mechanics of the Velociraptor with a view to upgrading that to 6gbps. What is also compelling is the comparison between Fibre Channel, you would have though that it should be fast, it was when 4gbps was fast; its not just horribly expensive. This drive is quite stunning as part of a RAID set for performence. It will fit will with my 6core AMD and 1800Mhz ram.
5* Super Duper
Reviewed by tazdotcom on 13/04/2010
I have been replacing my internal HD on my Mac's each time increasing the size. So far Western Digital haven't failed me once. But this new HD OMG is super doper fast and great for watching video files without any drop frames. A must!!!
4* SATA 600MB/s vs 126MB
Reviewed by doug on 16/06/2010
When you are looking for the fastest disk for your next upgrade its easy to think that if its a 600MB/s interface that thats tyhe speed of the IO not so, actual IO is specified to 126MB/s. So it being SATA600 is irrelivant (ie its really SATA126). However it does have a 64MB cache and its cheap. If you compare it to a spindle of 10k rpm or 15k then they can always find data faster than a 7200rpm.
Eg look at track to track seek time and latency. If you format it with large sectors then this will get more out of the cache. You then have to look at what you are going to use if for.
The WD drive has an excellent build quality, MTBF and to get kick out of it its best to put it in a striped raid to overcome the slow RPM and yet lever its benefits.
1* Will not install
Reviewed by L Stewart on 08/04/2011
if you have Windows 7 64bit do not get this drive or the 160Gb one as it will not install
it is not recognised in the bios no whotever you do.
1* Unreliable
Reviewed by Matt H on 10/03/2011
Although performance is impressive, I have been plagued with reliability issues.

My first drive started to fail after only 3 months. Western Digital promptly sent out a (remanufactured) warranty replacement. This lasted 2 weeks before also staring to fail. I received a third warranty replacement which failed diagnostic tests straight out of the box. I'm not even sure I'm going to bother sending it back to get another - I've kind of lost faith in Western Digital now!

Looking at the WD forums it would seem I am not alone in experiencing repeated failures with this drive model.
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