Friday, March 23, 2018

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX) SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive Review

With all of the solid state hard drives that came out this year it seems like traditional hard drives sort of took a back seat, unless you were looking to get a large capacity drive.  One thing that many people may have overlooked was the availability of SATA 6GB/s drives.  A SATA 6GB/s drive has double the transfer rate (6GB/s compared to 3GB/s) as the SATA II drive that is currently in your system.  Today we will be taking a look at the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive and see how it compares to some other SATA drives.  Let’s check it out!

Special thanks to Western Digital for providing us with the Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive to review.

Performance Specifications
Rotational Speed 7,200 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size 64 MB
Average Latency 4.20 ms (nominal)
Load/unload Cycles 300,000 minimum
Transfer Rates
Transfer Rate (Buffer To Disk) 126 MB/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Formatted Capacity 1,000,204 MB
Capacity 1 TB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive 1,953,525,169
Physical Dimensions
Height 1.028 Inches
Depth 5.787 Inches
Width 4.00 Inches
Weight 1.52 Pounds
Height 26.1 mm
Depth 147 mm
Width 101.6 mm
Weight 0.69 kg
Environmental Specifications
Operating Shock (Read) 30G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 300G, 2 ms
Idle Mode 28 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 33 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 3 29 dBA (average)
Temperature (English)
Operating 32° F to 140° F
Non-operating -40° F to 158° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating -0° C to 60° C
Non-operating -40° C to 70° C
Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
Power Dissipation
Read/Write 6.80 Watts
Idle 6.10 Watts
Standby 0.70 Watts
Sleep 0.70 Watts

We received this drive directly from Western Digital so it came nicely packaged in a plain brown box.  Opening it up the drive is protected inside with plastic inserts and it is inside an anti-static bag.

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX) SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX) SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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