Desktop 3.5-inch Hard Drives

WD Black

WD Black
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Inspiring performance and capacity

For the creators, the gamers and those that demand the best, we delivered the next generation of hard drives to enlarge your PC playground. The latest WD Black desktop hard drives offer enhanced features that maximize system performance, allowing you to spend more time doing what you love most and less time waiting. WD Black is designed to intensify your PC experience with generous capacity and incredible performance, pushing the boundaries of personalization.

For the Gamer…
Smarter than the average drive

Performance and workstation PCs equipped with high-end components often emit vibrations and acoustics that can reduce the precision and performance of your hard drive. Even the best chassis on the market cannot always compensate against this. The new generation of WD Black hard drives feature Vibration Control Technology (VCT) which allows the disks inside the drive to adapt to any mounting problems or vibration conditions that are inside your case, resulting in increased data accuracy, performance and reliability over time. Put simply, this means you can game harder, faster and longer.

For the Enthusiast…
Action meets stable traction

In addition to Vibration Control Technology (VCT), WD Black is also equipped with StableTrac Technology, which secures the motor shaft inside the drive at both ends to help reduce additional system-induced vibrations. StableTrac confidently stabilizes the platters inside, resulting in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations and delivers increased performance. (2 TB models and above).

For the Creative Pro…
High resolution for a high definition world

Underlying its athletic stance of performance and capacity, WD Black features a new High Resolution Controller (HRC) with an improved architectural design, resulting in increased data precision across the hard drive. This translates to superior responsiveness evolving your high definition world to the next level.

Protecting your moments

The worst thing that can happen during a rendering process is losing data due to power fluctuation or power failure. The new generation of WD Black hard drives is equipped with Corruption Protection Technology (CPT), which helps to protect and limit the potential problem of data loss during power failure or power loss to the hard drive. Overall, Corruption Protection Technology can save you time and money on your project.

Upgrading your drive is easy

WD Acronis True Image, 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.

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.

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.

Easy upgrade

Acronis True Image, available as a download on the WD Support website, 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.

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.

Recommended use

WD Black hard drives are tested and recommended for use in PCs, high-performance workstations, all-in-one PCs, gaming PCs, game consoles, home media PCs and notebook computers.*

*Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives.

Our colors give you the power.

The data on your drive is more than just bits and bytes, it’s your story. Your digital life is unique. While it’s true that we are passionate about our products, it’s equally true that we are passionate about you, our customers. We understand the importance of what you store which is why we are so driven to do the very best we can to help protect it.

WD has segmented our storage lineup into easy to recognize colors that give customers the power to choose the right product for their needs. WD Blue for everyday use. WD Green for capacity. WD Black for performance. WD Red for network attached storage (NAS). And WD Purple for surveillance. WD offers more than a one-size-fits-all storage solution. WD offers choice, and providing that choice drives everything we can do together.

WD hard Drive Family
James Paick

With over 15 years of design experience, James Paick is the Founder and Creative Director at Scribble Pad Studios and has created some of the most memorable moments in entertainment design. Scribble Pad Studios’ forte is in the gaming, film, theme park, illustration, entertainment space and advertising fields.

James is dedicated to educating the future of the entertainment industry and has been at it for over 7 years. He has taught at many design institutions and has been featured at multiple workshops around the world.

When inspiration strikes and creativity yields digital media, James is sure to turn to WD Blue for his every day storage needs. To learn more about his many talents and passion for illustration and education visit www.scribblepadstudios.com

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Kevin Lynch

Balancing equal amounts of technical dexterity, creative intuition, classical influence and entrepreneurial drive, photographer Kevin Lynch is internationally recognized for his growing portfolio of conceptual portraiture.

At times graphic, glamorous and graceful, Lynch’s celebrity, fashion, advertising and fine art images have appeared in diverse publications as well as in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States.

Kevin has long been an avid user and advocate of WD Green storage due to its high capacity and earned reputation for reliability. To learn more about Kevin and to follow his journey, visit http://www.kevinlynchstudios.com

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Scarra

William "Scarra" Li is a League of Legends player who currently plays for Team Dignitas, an internationally renowned gaming team. In April 2013, Scarra was publicly voted as the NA LCS mid-lane All-Star with over 50 percent of the vote, allowing him to play for the North America LCS team and compete in All-Star Shanghai 2013 against other regional All-Star teams.

Gaming is a hardcore sport that takes skill, teamwork, dedication, and lots of effort. To thrive in this immersive world, gamers need to coax the most out of their systems to gain any competitive advantage, that’s why Scarra depends on WD Black performance storage. With the next-gen performance garnered by WD Black, Scarra is able to gain the upper hand. Follow Scarra on his quest for global gaming domination at http://www.twitch.tv/scarra

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Martin Gossner

Martin Gossner is the CEO of STEIGER DYNAMICS, a leading Home Theater PC (HTPC) manufacturer renowned for bringing high-end computing to the comfort of the living room. Martin is no stranger to the intense requirements placed on the storage element in the NAS environment. He knows that a one-size-fits-all hard drive solution doesn’t fully address the needs of the HTPC.

Martin is a strong proponent of utilizing WD Red NAS storage as it is the only NAS drive built specifically for home and SOHO users. For STEIGER’s high-performance Home Theater PC builds, which incorporate media center, home server, and high-end gaming device all in one platform, there is no better storage solution. To learn more about Martin and STEIGER DYNAMICS’ unique take on the HTPC visit http://www.steigerdynamics.com

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Marc Cisneros

Marc is a career hard drive and storage device professional, with extensive experience in the video surveillance, streaming media and digital signage spaces. When Marc needs components for a home or small office surveillance solution, he demands that the storage built-in is designed and engineered for exactly that purpose. That’s why Marc chooses WD Purple surveillance storage, so he can enjoy the peace of mind gained from recommending a true surveillance-class hard drive to his customers. To learn more about the security and confidence built in to Marc’s surveillance systems visit: http://www.hdstor-inc.com

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Click Model # for Full Specs.

Model #InterfaceForm FactorRPMCapacityCache 
WD4003FZEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72004 TB64 MB
WD3003FZEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72003 TB64 MB
WD2003FZEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72002 TB64 MB
WD1003FZEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72001 TB64 MB
WD5003AZEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch7200500 GB64 MB
WD4001FAEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72004 TB64 MB
WD3001FAEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72003 TB64 MB
WD2002FAEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72002 TB64 MB
WD1002FAEXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 Inch72001 TB64 MB



Mouse over each icon to see how it was calculated.

Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.


Awards
Western Digital's 1TB VelociRaptor(WD1000DHTZ) and 2TB Black (WD2002FAEX) Hard Drives Reviewed
2013, Canada
WD Black 4TB Desktop Hard Drive Review (WD4003FZEX)
2013, United States
HDDs with SATA II & SATA III:comparison: WD Caviar Black
2012, Poland
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1 TB Review-10K RPM Hits a Larger Capacity
2012, United States
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Review
2012, United States
Western Digital Black 4TB Hard Drive Review
2012, United States
A Terabyte For Notebooks:WD Scorpio Blue
2011, United States
We want it! WD Caviar Black 2 TB (WD2002FAEX)
2011, Czech Republic
Definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung
2010, United States
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX) SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive Review
2010, United States
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX im Test
2010, Germany