First impressions - noisy, but works great,
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This review is from: WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATAIII 6GB/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive - OEM (Personal Computers)
These are my first impressions, I've been using this drive for about two days. I'll report back if anything bad happens within its lifetime.
After the floods in Thailand, I've waited so long for the price of hard drives to go down, and got fed up with the wait, so I decided to go for the cheapest 1TB 7200 RPM drive I could find. So I know this is probably by no means the best drive out there.
Being a 7200 rpm drive, I'm clearly impressed by its performance on games compared to my old 5400 rpm drives. The drive's enclosure is either solidly constructed, or it's just a lot of dead weight. I think the former is more likely.
The one thing I don't like about the drive is the noise it produces. I can hear ever click and bip it makes while it's working. I'm not worried about this noise, though, as I've had drives in the past which made that noise during normal operation, but that was in the nineties and early 2000's. The more recent drives I've had were more quiet, so it's unexpected for this one to make so much noise.
I think the noise problem can be solved by getting sound proofing for the computer case it sits in. There are foam blocks and sheets around which sit in the case, mitigating the noise from moving parts of a computer. I won't name any brand names.