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Well, I work at Best Buy and while working on this build of mine I picked up a 1TB Western Digital HDD, with 32MB Cache and only SATA II:

WD SATA II 32MB

When I opened the box today, the actual drive said 64MB of cache, and it caught my eye. I looked up the model number on the drive, and compared it to the box, and they are different. What I got in the box was this drive:

WD SATA III 64MB

It looks like Western Digital accidentally boxed the wrong hard drive, and gave me an upgrade. I guess I can't argue with that, I really wasnt worried about SATA III with a regular 7200rpm drive, but the 64MB of cache is pretty sweet.

Here are the pictures, you can see that the model number on the HDD serial number matches the box, but the model numbers are different:



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if only life was this good for everyone
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I would have believed you even without the huge photos. Kind of like winning the lottery huh, though Newegg shows just a $2 price difference between the two.

So do you think you would notice a difference between these two drives in actual use?



btw- I have two of the same drives. They seem to work well.
Edited by denydog - 2/28/11 at 11:08pm
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I would have believed you even without the huge photos. Kind of like winning the lottery, though Newegg has a $2 price difference between the two.

So do you think you would notice a difference between these two drives in actual use?

btw- I have two of the same drives. They seem to work well.
Probably not actually, at least not from daily use...thats why I was perfectly happy getting the 32MB SATA II drive, and getting a solid state drive for pure performance, but I ain't gonna argue with an upgrade.

And I posted the picture just to show how weird it was the serial number matches but the model numbers didn't, even though they were both on the same tags...

And I plan to get a second for raid, just wanted to go ahead and get one to start-up. My only issue now is going to be ordering the same exactly drive for raid, lol
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Don't order the sata III, you'll probably get a II, haha

Good luck!
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Psst.. next time, remember there are evil people on the internets,
example: If you post the serials in clear view. kiss your RMA goodbye.
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Quote:
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Psst.. next time, remember there are evil people on the internets,
example: If you post the serials in clear view. kiss your RMA goodbye.
Wouldn't worry too much about it...

1. You'd need the actual physical drive with the serial number.
2. WD are very strict on fake RMAs.
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Psst.. next time, remember there are evil people on the internets,
example: If you post the serials in clear view. kiss your RMA goodbye.
Already registered it before I posted...;P
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post #10 of 11
Same here happened to me. I bought 2 32mb WD caviar black 1 tb drives from from Best Buy on sale on Feb 25th. Didn't open the package until today because I was waiting on my NAS enclosure. I was pleasantly surprised to see the 64mb cache versions were in the box!
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