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I have been looking for a hard drive for general use, and while I intend to set up a RAID array using RE4 1TB drives in the future, I am finally seeing a drive that stands out, the WD Caviar Black 1TB with 1TB platter, as soon as it's released.

When they release it, I bet it will be a great drive. 1TB platter and 5 years warranty. thumb.gif
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When is it coming out?
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WD10EZEX
Hitachi 7K1000.D
Seagate (that new 1TB model)

...or should I wait WD Blacky 1TB Singleplatter wink.gif ?


I have SATA3 support on my Asus P8Z77-V board.

In Croatia, prices are more or less the same, few Euro is difference.

SSD is out of the question.
I'm waiting for the 1TB platter Blacks to come out. It looks like it'll be happening soon. smile.gif I also see there's 1TB platter Toshiba drives out now (Toshiba DT01ACA100), manufactured by Hitachi (WD). I'm not sure if they're using the same technology as Hitachi (7K1000.D) or if they are using WD tech.

I think now is probably a good time to sit back and wait a few weeks. I'm sure more drives will be coming out soon. smile.gif
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When they release it, I bet it will be a great drive. 1TB platter and 5 years warranty. thumb.gif
Yeah, I'm holding out for that too. biggrin.gif
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When is it coming out?
Well, it can't be too long now. Over the past 1.5 months they've rolled out about 6 models with 1TB platters? I'm betting within 1-1.5 months there'll be a bunch of 1TB-platter Blacks on the market?
     
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These Blues look pretty good - for my next build I might pull in four of these and put them in RAID 10 on my PERC 6/i...even with a 2 year warranty, if they're cheap enough I won't care. biggrin.gif
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Perks:
-Tuned for low noise levels. May be quieter than Greens.
-High sequential speeds matching the new Seagates.
-No idle noise or chirping; no other 'Seagate strangeness'. wink.gif
-Better firmware and NCQ algorithms.
Cons:
-With higher full-drive access times, performance will degrade more if you fill the drive to the brim.
-Not the best candidate for a lone OS-drive.

I currently have a previous model of the Western Digital Blue (WD10EALX), as far as I know this one has two platters.
This new model WD10EZEX looks interesting to me to expand my internal storage.
I would like to use one drive as my primary drive (OS, programs, and some larger storage data) and use my current as WD10EALX only for large storage data.
Since the WD10EZEX seems to be more silent and has faster transfer rate it would be interesting to use it as a primary drive.
Mainly usage is for video editing, so adding a second HDD was already my plan.

As you explain, a single platter is faster then a multiple platter drive. But when you use the more outer areas of the platters, the data is accessed slower.
On a single platter drive the amount of slower accessed data will be larger compared to a multiple platter drive, which should make it not the best candidate for a lone OS-drive?

If I compare my results with the WD10EALX to WD10EZEX: EALX has a slower transfer rate (max 138.3MB/s min 56.9MB/s), but a lower acces time (12.9ms), a little higher burst rate (257.2 MB/s) in my test with HD Tune.

wdcwd10ealx009ba0201209.png

I would like to choose between the WD10EALX or the WD10EZEX.

Anyway, thank you for your review of this hard drive!
Edited by CorossiNL - 9/26/12 at 1:36am
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I currently have a previous model of the Western Digital Blue (WD10EALX), as far as I know this one has two platters.
This new model WD10EZEX looks interesting to me to expand my internal storage.
I would like to use one drive as my primary drive (OS, programs, and some larger storage data) and use my current as WD10EALX only for large storage data.
Since the WD10EZEX seems to be more silent and has faster transfer rate it would be interesting to use it as a primary drive.
It should be superior to the WD10EALX in almost every way. Access times suffer a bit, but it should have noise levels on its side, which you seem to be interested in. The higher sequential speeds and smarter firmware mean it'll probably still be a net gain in all performance (sequential/random) over your EALX.
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Mainly usage is for video editing, so adding a second HDD was already my plan.

As you explain, a single platter is faster then a multiple platter drive. But when you use the more outer areas of the platters, the data is accessed slower.
It's not the quantity of platters - it's the density. This drive has a single platter, and it's 1TB in size, so it does end up being faster than your WD10EALX with two - but if there were a WD20EZEX drive (2TB with 2x1TB platters), it should have the same performance characteristics of the WD10EZEX despite having two. The density is the big thing, and also how aggressive the drive is programmed to be when seeking, and how smart. (NCQ, etc.)

Outer areas of the platter are faster. The whole platter spins at a fixed RPM, but the edge travels more distance, so the drive's heads can read more information.
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On a single platter drive the amount of slower accessed data will be larger compared to a multiple platter drive, which should make it not the best candidate for a lone OS-drive?
It's a better candidate than your current drive. But this is Overclock.net... most of us want the best, which would be an SSD for our OS. tongue.gif Small but fast.
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If I compare my results with the WD10EALX to WD10EZEX: EALX has a slower transfer rate (max 138.3MB/s min 56.9MB/s), but a lower acces time (12.9ms), a little higher burst rate (257.2 MB/s) in my test with HD Tune.

wdcwd10ealx009ba0201209.png

I would like to choose between the WD10EALX or the WD10EZEX.

Anyway, thank you for your review of this hard drive!
Those access times are actually quite nice. It's a tough call, but I think if you aren't going to fill the drive up all the way, the WD10EZEX will still have an edge. The access times only become a major weakness if you're using a large percentage of the drive. Within the first 100-150GB it seeks just as fast as the WD10EALX, which means thanks to the higher sequential performance you are guaranteed better overall performance. You could install your OS/Apps/Programs/etc. on a smaller partition on the edge of the drive to take full advantage of that. You only have to worry about the access times if you use a single large partition and fill the drive up and then install new programs - they'll be located way out towards the end (inside) of the platter. (slower, longer seeks and lower sequential speeds)
     
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Thank you for the quick reply and explanation.

Indeed, I'm interested in a quieter drive, in my Antec Three Hundred case the EALX isn't really silent due to the straight to metal mounting in this case.
Started with a WDC Black (WD1002FAEX), but returned that one, because in my opinion it really was too loud.

I always partition my HDD's with one smaller partition, currently 100GB for the OS/programs.

Overall still a "difficult" choice if you just look a the numbers.
EZEX is more quiet in exchange for slower access times, but should not have a big difference in the first 100gB.
EZEX has a higher transfer rate (better for large files?)

EALX a bit more noise for faster access times (better for OS/applications overall, but I don't use thát many applications)
EALX has a slower transfer rate

Actually, a combination of the EALX access times and quietness and transfer rates of the EZEX would be a "gold" winner tongue.gif

SSD's are the best in access times. Just got one on my work this week with access times of 0.2ms. Blazing fast indeed!
Maybe that's the next step after buying an extra HDD

More tests with my current EALX, just for the info:
Overview:
wdcwd10ealx009ba026sept.png
Random access:
wdcwd10ealx009ba0random.png
Random access short stroke 100gB:
wdcwd10ealx009ba0random.png
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I've been checking the WD website for a FAEZ 1TB model every day. lol
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wow.

Mine ezex doesn't look so good as it seems

kFbBc.jpg


Keep in mind that steam is turned off. Other downloading apps etc are also turned off.

I have it partitioned 50gb for C and rest for D.
I am running win 7x86 from C:
My pc is crippled so it might be it but how can I check it more?

I don't think it should be this bad even if it's a system drive. if so, then I am formatting my old wd500 and installing C for it only tongue.gif
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wow.

Mine ezex doesn't look so good as it seems

kFbBc.jpg


Keep in mind that steam is turned off. Other downloading apps etc are also turned off.

I have it partitioned 50gb for C and rest for D.
I am running win 7x86 from C:
My pc is crippled so it might be it but how can I check it more?

I don't think it should be this bad even if it's a system drive. if so, then I am formatting my old wd500 and installing C for it only tongue.gif
What are the other specs in your system? Motherboard/chipset?

Sequential speeds are capped in that screenshot. Seems to me you're either running in SATA1 mode, or some other setting isn't set right. (AHCI, etc.)

You should also run the benchmark once in safemode just to be sure it isn't software interfering.
     
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Yate Loon Fans - D12SL-12-RED/BLACK Fractal Design 120mm Fan - FD-FAN-120 Windows 7 Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 
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Samsung 2343BWX 23" (2048x1152) I-Rocks KR-6170-BK Corsair HX620 Fractal Design Define R3 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Abyssus 3500DPI Mousepad + Desk Onboard Realtek® ALC 892 Cyber Acoustics CA-2992 2.0 Speakers 
OtherOtherOther
Razer Krait 1600 DPI nGear G-C1601 Card Reader Pisen Card Reader 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
VIA Eden C7 1200mhz Jetway J7F4K1G2ES-LF VIA Onboard 512MB PC2-4200 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
A-Data FlashDrive None Fanless Linux 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Headless None 65w Power Brick Antec ISK300-65 
MouseAudio
None Onboard VIA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Barton XP-M 2400+ FJQ4C Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe 256MB BFG 7800GS OC 2x512MB Samsung PC3200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Raptor 74GB/Seagate 120GB Windows 2000 Pro 60hz 17" CRT Brandless PS2 Keyboard 
PowerMouse
Antec Neo HE 550w Logitech G5 
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