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So I just got a caviar black drive from best buy, it is part number WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN.

I notice though that the one on newegg everyone is buying is a different pn, WD1001FALS. I don't see a big difference between the two, both 3gb/sec, 32mb cache. Can someone tell me the difference if any? Is it just the retail packaging?
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Most likely just how it is designed to be sold or some weird way of naming which batch it's from.
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Run it through the WD warranty checker to make sure you've still got 5 years.

If you do, then... it's probably a different SKU for retail packaging?
     
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Quote:
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Run it through the WD warranty checker to make sure you've still got 5 years.

If you do, then... it's probably a different SKU for retail packaging?
This. They have a Different SKU for the retail, but a check on the model number will tell you if its a faex or fals
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Yup retail version of the FALS. May come with the FAEX though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136786
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post #6 of 13
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Thanks guys, but here it gets weirder, now it tells me (in the properties of the disk) that it is actually the 1002FAEX, which is the 64mb cache sata6 version..., though the box says 32mb cache.
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Free upgrade if that's true, or something was wrong with the cache and got binned lower.
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post #8 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
Free upgrade if that's true, or something was wrong with the cache and got binned lower.
Free upgrade it is, the WD software says its that drive with the 64mb cache. Though if you can answer a question...I ran the windows experience index expecting a higher score for my hd, but it stayed the same. Is that normal?
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It takes a lot to boost that score, it's not a great test either. I can see a change even day to day with my RAID 0 but windows gives me the same score as my single Caviar Black.
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I've seen a couple of threads of other folks having the same thing happen. Here's one of them
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...k-sata-ii.html

I can't find the other one, but IIRC someone said that WD was putting out only the 64mb version for a while and just shipped them in the other packaging. The s/n even matched from box to drive.

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