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WD 1TB Portable SATA Hard Drive - OEM - Blue
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I've tried every HDD OEM out there (at least that i know) and my favorites are still WD and Seagate.
The reason i've decided for WD if the fact of the extended warranty that Seagate is not offering.
This HDD deliver what is promised (you can get the specs in this link: [EDIT: Amazon does not let me post link to WD site...]):
Before i did a migration from my old Seagate to this one i've run a set of test's and this is my experience:
(used Intel Dual core x86-64 with 4GiB RAM)
Read speed (formated NTFS NT6.0 32k clusters, no data on the disk) near 130MB/s on a SATA2 controller (note this is a SATA2 device).
Write speed: best value 110MB/s but average was about 100 MB/s
S.M.A.R,T. values report everything OK after a 2 hour read/write benchmark.
Full disk surface scan report zero defects/anomalies.
After endurance test disk temperature was normal. In fact it runs cooler than my previous Seagate.
After migration and running normal on my laptop, still no overheating, cant ear the drive spinning or read/write, Windows 7 drive to drive speeds metrics show values equal to my dry run tests.
In conclusion, its what i expected from a WD HDD.
Solid product, built for laptops. I am pleased and recommend it.
Ideal as a replacement drive and the price is quite reasonable.
However on testing the Hitachi 7K1000 2.5" 7200rpm drive edges it out for pure speed (this ia a 5400rpm drive) The Hitachi has a bigger 32mb buffer and faster spindle speed yet still very quiet. I've no complaints with the Western Digital though it's very decent and satisfactory for both laptops and quieter desktop pc's. It's also a good choice for consoles with 1TB offering loads of storage capacity.
I would however steer folks towards the 7K1000 if it's their main boot drive and they want improved performance. The Western Digital is no slouch though and very respectable in it's own right. I've not yet tried the latest model so can't really say if there are any enhancements on that side of things. As it is a decent drive that's well worth looking at.
I'm getting about 108MB/s read and 106MB/s write times, that's quite good for a 2.5" drive fast enough for most users and as a main boot drive
Will update the review should any notable issues/concerns arise so far so good though (I'm running a number of these and have done for a while)
After opening up the computer's case, the drive was easy to fit, being exactly the same size & fitting as the original drive. The Windows 7 64-Bit software loaded up without any problems from the DVD, and this took about 1/2 hour. The updates for the system & Office software, however, took many hours over the course of several days to fully download & install, and about 200 in all were needed before this process was complete.
It's a mystery why the PC manufacturer originally installed the 32-bit version of Windows, as the machine is 64-bit compatible. The computer works better with the 64-bit version, so I can only assume that this is because my netbook originally came with only 1GB of RAM (now upgraded to 2GB), so the 64-bit version probably wouldn't have worked well with the original configuration.
The drive is extremely quiet, and can barely be heard. Startup time is quick, as is access time, and power consumption appears to be lower than my original drive, improving battery life. I have installed many software packages, photos, and heaps of music, and there's still over 800GB capacity left... So, it was well worth paying a bit extra for the 1TB model.
I wanted a 7200rpm drive for performance, but you do pay a price with the noise. It isn't unbearably noisy, but with the old drive my laptop was pretty much silent most of the time. With this new drive there's always a hum. It's not too bad (I pretty much use my laptop as a desktop anyway) but if for example you wanted to use it in bed while someone else was asleep it might be too noisy for that.
It was quite easy to replace the drive (smallish screwdriver required, but no cables to fiddle with). Note that the new one has a power connection on it whereas the old one didn't (and so the laptop didn't have anything to connect to the power connection) but it didn't seem to matter.
5 stars as although the noise is a bit dissapointing it's a fair price to pay for the improved performance.