Released in December 2012, 4TB WD Black offers maximum performance when it comes to power computing that it can process complex calculations at the most speed. This was a result of Western Digital expanding its Black series to 4TB, by the way. Not to be confused with WD VelociRaptor, 4TB WD Black provides big storage capacity from 500GB – 4TB and is a SATA/64MB cache that is spinning on a 7,200 revolutions per minute (RPM).
Fast hard drives are necessity for PCs, high-performance workstations and notebook computers – especially those who are more into visual graphics and gaming software. For a PC that has Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX, Photoshop, Movie Maker, and other photo and video graphics editor plus gaming, this powerful hard drive can come in very handy.
Here’s our non-geek 4TB WD Black WD4001FAEX review for future references. For three months, we tested and ran the 4TB WD Black on our computer, HP Pavilion P6340D which is a Dual Core CPU running at a speed of 2.94GHZ with installed memory of 3GB and used to carry a 320 GB SATA until for the time being when we replaced it with the 4TB WD Black at the end of last year. Our PC also has a pre-installed Windows 7 Home Basic that we are upgrading to Windows 8 anytime soon.
These basic components of our PC mirrored how 4TB WD Black works in assuming all the programs and features that our desktop has. Now on its fourth month cycle, 4TB WD shows no sluggishness, thanks to its spindling 7,200RPM speed. This 0.78 kgs 3.5-inch hard drive (oh yes, it’s definitely ‘thick’ in a sense that you will feel comfortable just by looking at this hard drive), can bulk up your PC’s storage (media files, etc.) without compromising the speed performance of your desktop, workstations, or notebook computers.
We only can compare 4TB WD Black from the former hard drive our computer had and based on its specifications and other online reviews, this Black series is far better than other drives in the high-performance consumer HDD class or “slightly cheaper than a pair of WD Black 2TB drives and much more affordable than the previously released WD RE 4TB (enterprise oriented) drive”.
Talking about the price, 4TB WD Black retails at $300 – $350 by the time it arrived last year. That is roughly around Php 12,000 – Php 14,000 in our market price. That may sound expensive but the truth is, the over-all performance of this hard drive can speak very well for itself.
Before we forget, 4TB WD Black is backed-up with five-year limited warranty, enough for you to get assured that your money is well spent.
Here are the specifications of the 4TB WD Black (WD4001FAEX):
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
Rotational Speed 7,200 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size 64 MB
Average Latency 4.20 ms (nominal)
Load/unload Cycles 300,000 minimum
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 6 Gb/s (Max)
Formatted Capacity 4,000,787 MB
Capacity 4 TB
User Sectors Per Drive 7,814,037,168
Height 1.028 Inches
Depth 5.787 Inches
Width 4.00 Inches
Weight 1.72 Pounds
Height 26.1 mm
Depth 147 mm
Width 101.6 mm
Weight 0.78 kg
Operating Shock (Read) 30G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 300G, 2 ms
Idle Mode 29 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 34 dBA (average)
Operating 32° F to 140° F
Non-operating -40° F to 158° F
Operating -0° C to 60° C
Non-operating -40° C to 70° C
Read/Write 10.40 Watts
Idle 8.10 Watts
Standby 1.20 Watts
Sleep 1.20 Watts
Speed and maximum performance built not just for home desktops but also for professional use for servers and storage solutions.
4TB WD Black (WD4001FAEX) is already a good buy but if you will compare this with other brands, price maybe your turning point. But if you’re into greatest performance that will not compromise your works, better get one of these WD Black series for you to enjoy twice the processing power to maximize level performance.
What do you think? Will you be buying the 4TB WD Black and recommend it with your buddies? Let us know your thoughts.
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