Top positive review
16 June 2018
Packing, while not great, wasn't too bad either. Mine came wrapped in a healthy amount of bubble wrap placed inside a appropriately sized cardboard box. That said, it wasn't a snug fit. The HDD had some wiggle room inside the box. More bubble wrap or perhaps some foam/thermocol would have made it even more secure. Plus, a bit more tape on the outside wouldn't have hurt.
Quite a bit lighter than the drive it replaced, a Seagate 1TB 7200rpm (ST31000524AS) HDD. Probably the lightest 1TB HDD I've held.
Much faster than my old Seagate HDD. I don't recall its exact speeds but the max read speeds it could hit was only about 110 MB/s with average speeds under 100 MB/s. A quick Google search shows similar results.
This thing on the other hand gets close to 200 MB/s with a max read speed of 196.5 MB/s and an average read speed of 156.5 MB/s. Its lowest speed of 96 MB/s is close to what the average speed of my previous drive was.
Runs pretty cool. When I tested the HDD before installing it in my case, it was running close to 40C. After installing it in my case right in front of a 120mm fan, it sits around 34-35C.
No clicking, grinding or any other weird sounds. Just normal HDD sounds. I would say its ever so slightly more audible than my old HDD (understandable given its much faster) but nothing that should bother anyone. Not inaudible but fairly quiet considering its a HDD. If you want total silence, buy a SSD.
The HDD I received was a brand new sealed unit manufactured in March 2018. Confirmed warranty by checking the serial number on Western Digital's website. But before registering the HDD, my drive was under warranty only till April 2020 which is less than 2 years from the date of purchase. After registering the HDD with the correct purchase date, it now shows close to the full 2 year warranty period. You should register your HDD on the Western Digital website the first chance you get.
Sadly, both WD and Seagate offer only a measly 2 year warranty these days. My old Seagate HDD had a 5 year warranty.
Definite upgrade over my previous 1TB drive in terms of performance and a great complement to my Samsung 256GB SSD.
PS: Short-stroke your HDDs. Look it up on Google for more info. Basically, download HD Tune, run the benchmark and see where the speed start dropping off noticeably. For a 1TB drive, its usually around 200-250GB. Make a primary partition of 200-250GB. This is the fastest area of the disk where you'll get close to the max read/write speed consistently. Put your OS/programs/games on this partition. Create a secondary partition with the remaining space and use that for storage purposes. Very handy way to get better performance especially if you don't have an SSD.