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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps review

WD's lastest take on the newest SATA 6Gbps standard

Our Verdict

For ultimate performance, SSDs rule. But WD's Caviar Black combines huge capacity with reasonable performance at a very attractive price point.

For

  • Lots of performance-enhancing features
  • Good balance between capacity and performance

Against

  • Still much slower than an SSD
  • SATA 6Gbps interface is redundant

Western digital caviar black 1tb sata 6gbps

With WD pitching the Caviar Black 1TB as a slightly superior hard disk in terms of performance, it's intriguing to know how it compares, both to an ultra high performance hard disk, that'll be WD's new 600GB VelociRaptor, and one of the latest and greatest solid state drives in the form of Patriot's Inferno 100GB.

For the most part, the Caviar Black is well off the pace. But then it's not only much bigger, it's massively cheaper, too.

Synthetic drive performance


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Burst speed


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Random access times


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File decompression speed

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Buffer64 MB
Product FamilyBlack
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width3.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameWD
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity1 TB
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, China RoHS
Height25.4 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth147 mm
ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelWD1002FAEX
Product NameWD Black WD1002FAEX Hard Drive
Product LineBlack
Manufacturer Part NumberWD1002FAEX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

WD BLACK™
Desktop Hard Drives

WD Black hard drives are designed for enthusiasts and creative professionals looking for leading-edge performance. These 3.5-inch desktop drives are perfect for high-performance applications like photo and video editing, gaming and power PCs.

Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)690 g