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Western Digital Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0) 7200rpm, 64mb cache internal 3.5" HDD

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Pros: Reliable and capable of running any game or operating system with respectable performance

Cons: not as fast as an ssd

I can definitely tell the difference while booting Windows from a high end SSD, but that is not what this review is about. I have ran windows on one of these drives and they do perform very well, but booting from a mechanical drive is becoming a thing of the past. I would recommend using your mechanical drives for storing your personal files, and holding software installations. I have ran games and other software from both SSDs and mechanical drives and while for most drives the difference is obvious, this one not so much. While maybe the more demanding games might benefit from running on a solid state, my eyes can't tell the difference. I have tested this with Skyrim, FarCry 3, Crysis 3, and Battlefield 3 and all results are the same. This drive runs and load games, content, and maps fast enough to put down the stop watch.

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Pros: performance, capacity, 5 years of warranty

Cons: loudness

I own one for ~4-5 years. No bad sectors, great performance after such period of time. It's solid and fast, but also loud such as HDDs from 1990's
Western Digital Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0) 7200rpm, 64mb cache internal 3.5" HDD
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FEATURES: MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE. Sophisticated performance enhancing features deliver the speed you need for demanding applications like photo and video editing and Internet gaming. NO COMPROMISES. High performance, high capacity, high reliability, and cutting-edge technology make up WD Black, the ideal drive for those who demand only the best. INDUSTRY-LEADING WARRANTY. WD Black carries the highest available warranty protection on the market, a 5-year limited warranty. HIGH PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS. Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance. Dynamic Cache - WD's dynamic caching algorithm improves performance in real time by optimizing cache allocation between reads and writes. For example, if there's an overwhelming percentage of read traffic as opposed to write traffic, the drive automatically allocates more cache for read data, which reduces congestion and improves overall drive performance. ROCK SOLID MECHANICAL ARCHITECTURE. Enhanced reliability features help protect the drive and the data stored on it. NoTouch Ramp Load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit. StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operationswhich enables consistently higher performance. (2 TB and 1.5 TB models only) THE WD ADVANTAGE. WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T) prior to any product launch. This testing ensures our products consistently meet the highest quality and reliability standards of the WD brand. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles as well as helpful software and utilities. Our customer support lines have longer operational hours to ensure you get the help you need when you need it. Our toll-free customer support lines are here to help or you can access our WD Support site for additional details. UPGRADING YOUR DRIVE IS EASY. WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive. RECOMMENDED USE: WD Black hard drives are tested and recommended for use in PCs, high-performance workstations and notebook computers.*

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