I ordered 2 TB-Blue for Rs 4500 [4999-499(10% instant off, SBI)] The product was eligible for free 1 day delivery from Dankuni warehouse to Dumdum, Kolkata.
The product is very compact and light-weight. Maximum available storage is 1863 GB because storage manufacturers consider 1000 byte= 1 kilobyte, 1000 KB= 1 MB etc. (They use 1000 multiplier instead of 1024) The hard disk has 1 partition using the GPT scheme. WD kept about 1 MB unallocated at the beginning and at the end of the primary partition.
Always perform the surface test and SMART test after buying a hard disk. I have used lots of tools to benchmark and to check the health of the hard disk. 1. Windows Data Lifeguard Diagnostics 2. CrystalDiskMark, CrystalDiskInfo 3. HD Tune 4. Hard Disk Sentinel 5. EaseUS partition master 6. DiskCheckup, GSmartControl
Average random seek time: 0.76 ms. Read speed/ Write speed depends on a lot of factors. Read speed at areas with data: about 70-80 MBPS, Read speed at empty areas: 220-250 MBPS. The surface test took about 2 Hours 10 Minutes because most of the hard disk was empty. Write speed is about 80-90 MBPS. The temperature was about 44-45 degree Celcius during heavy read-write (atmosphere was about 30 degree Celcius). Please see the attached images for full test results.
WD pre-loaded some software for users in the hard disk. WD Discovery, WD backup, and WD drive utilities. The offline installers are outdated and they need to be updated later. Thus, if you have an internet connection, I recommend downloading them directly from the official website. Also, download WD security if you need to password protect your hard disk. WD discovery software doesn't do much except helping you to install other software. Thus you can skip this one. You need to configure WD backup to enable automatic backup. You can import/export from/to online storages. You can also disable the blinking LED light, enable idle sleeping etc using the software.
Register at WD official website to check your warranty status, product manual etc. Warranty is 3 years from the date of invoice (not the date of delivery). Register at UpThere (Parent organization: Western Digital) to get 20 GB free online storage.