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With all of the solid state hard drives that came out this year it seems like traditional hard drives sort of took a back seat, unless you were looking to get a large capacity drive. One thing that many people may have overlooked was the availability of SATA 6GB/s drives. A SATA 6GB/s drive has double the transfer rate (6GB/s compared to 3GB/s) as the SATA II drive that is currently in your system. Today we will be taking a look at the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive and see how it compares to some other SATA drives. Let’s check it out! Special thanks to Western Digital for providing us with the Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive to review. We received this drive directly from Western Digital so it came nicely packaged in a plain brown box. Opening it up the drive is protected inside with plastic inserts and it is inside an anti-static bag. The Caviar Black 1TB drive looks just like any other SATA hard drive you have seen before, same 3.5-inch form factor etc. You do notice when you pick it up it is quite heavy. This drive is a double platter drive so expect it to be a little heavier than some of your older drives. On the front of the drive you have a sticker will all of the information on it. It tells us that this drive is the WD1002FAEX drive, it has a 1TB capacity, and 64MB cache.
Conventional wisdom says solid state drives (SSDs) beat traditional hard drives silly in any performance metric you care to mention. How can the likes of Western Digital's latest magnetic spinner, the Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX, therefore hope to compete?In a word, capacity. The cost per gigabyte of SSDs, even modestly sized drives such as the new Patriot Inferno 100GB, remains several multiples more than a magnetic hard disk. In fact, the bigger you go, the more massive the price gap. 1TB SSDs are now available. But where the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB is yours for just £75, the likes of OCZ's Colussus LT 1TB SSD retails at £2,500.That's beyond a joke. Clearly, old school hard drives are still the only realistic option for mass storage of data-hungry files such as video, audio and high-resolution images. But if you want the best possible performance from your big data bucket, the new Caviar Black 1TB sports a number of speed-friendly features including 64MB of cache memory, Native Command Queuing, dual processors and SATA 6Gbps support. 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.
Western Digital's 640GB Caviar hard drives have found their way into each and every one of our system guides for just about two years now. We've recommended one flavor or another across a wide range of systems, including our budget Econobox, the mid-range Grand Experiment, and even the modestly opulent Sweeter Spot build. Indeed, the 640GB Caviars have been one of the best examples of the proverbial sweet spot in recent memory. As all half-dozen or so of our female readers can no doubt attest, the sweet spot can be difficult to find. You'll know when you've found it, though. The original Caviar SE16 640GB debuted with all the right ingredients: two of the highest-density platters available at the time, a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, low noise levels, reasonable power consumption, an affordable price tag, and best-in-class performance across a diverse range of sequential, random, synthetic, and real-world tests. For obvious reasons, the SE16 became an instant favorite among enthusiasts. Eventually, it was supplanted by the Caviar Black. Largely the same drive as the SE16, the Black doubled the cache to 32MB and bumped the warranty up to five years.
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