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Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache

Best Sata II hard drive available besides the Western Digital Blacks. But research TLER and how it may effect windows programs.

Good for movies, music, internet, older games should not have a problem with the TLER (non 64bit OS games should play great).

TLER on this hard drive is good for a server system, but when using this hard drive as a primary for Windows OS it may crash heavy programs and recover to desktop within 5 seconds, Tomb Raider 2013 crashed 3 times during a full playthrough, some heavy video or graphical programs will be effected by the TLER too. This hard drive is not recommended for HD Gaming or video editing enthusiasts (you may still get these applications to work but not with perfect performance).

This hard drive is great for a primary SATA II system (like the Core 2 CPUs) for general purpose windows usage.

The Western Digital RE4 is also great as a secondary hard drive in a SATA III system (like the I-Series CPUs) for archival storage of media and movie watching.
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Best SATA-2 HDD on the Market (if you get a good one)

With a massive 64MB cache, the WD RE4 is a fantastic performer. I have three of these, one which has seen action in 6 different PC's. Still going strong today, there's a reason why these shipped with a 5 year warranty.

In reality, these WD RE4's are upscale (or upgraded) Caviar Blacks, has 2x the cache, and runs quieter also. This is because the RE4 isn't a consumer oriented HDD, there's businesses with multiple of these drives installed, so has to be quiet & fast. Check the specs closely so that you don't get a WD RE4-GP, a 'power saving' drive that's not the same, though a simple trick booting into the freely available Ultimate Boot CD to disable parking (under HDD's, go to WDIDLE & when loaded, type wdidle3 /d) can make these two models the same, as well as disable parking of any other installed WD drives. I'm including this information to inform consumers to check specs & be aware of features that can extend drive life. Disabling parking can in reality, double a drive's lifespan, regardless of number of hours used. That's the trick used by many, and in some cases, one can get a HDD with over 50,000 hours of use, and less than 200 start/stop cycles. Consumer can benefit from the same trick, though will have more start/stop cycles by default when computer is shutdown or rebooted.

The WD RE4 is a true workhorse of a HDD, it's as simple as that. Even post retirement, makes excellent backup drives using a docking station or enclosure constructed of metal, the heavier, the better & avoid plastic models, though it's OK for the end caps to be. A fan is a plus, though if not ran 24/7, not a necessity.

Check the seller's feedback before purchase, chances are that the best sellers will give a great deal on these drives, some of which are still covered by WD's warranty.

As long as the drive is good, everyone's a winner!;-)

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Another great product at a reasonable price!

Another component I purchased to repair our old Hp p2-1343w deskto PC and so far I has been functioning better than I expected for the low cost. Easily was able to install Windows 8 on it, and the size is just fantastic for all that I do with it. If you need or want to upgrade your system with a 1 TB HDD, and have a tight budget, than I would recommend this device for you.Read full review...

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Disk for the job.

Disk is quiet..If I had more money, I'd get more. If it WERE noisier I would not care. I, personally, LIKE to hear the faint clicks. To KNOW when my hard drive is working or accessed. (I build computers)Read full review...

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I think I'm through buying Seagate Drives

A Great Way to extend the life of an XP desktop. Quit supporting Microsoft if they won't support you. After Eleven Years of weekly patches and it STILL AIN'T FIXED? If you want something new, buy Apple; they stand behind what they sell. If you just want a net book, get a ChromeBook.
These drives are also great for that external backup. The only foolproof backup scheme is redundancy. By putting together your own external drive, you know you have the GOOD Black Drive.
Every failed drive I have had was a Seagate Drive.
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WD1003FBYX - High performance 1TB

WD1003FBYX RE4 enterprise SATA hard drives combine 64 MB cache with a SATA 3 GB/s transfer rate and dual stage actuation for lightning-fast performance in demanding server and storage applications. Technologically advanced acoustics minimize noise. Cool drive operation and enhanced reliability features help protect the drive and the data stored on it. With double the processing power, WD RE4 boasts the highest performance of any drive in the WD RE family.
1 TERABYTE (TB)= 1024 gigabutes or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes
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Great Western Digital Hard Drive

This is being used as my back up hard drive and it works just fine. I have one of those external boxes that attaches to a USB port and this hard drive preforms flawlessly in this situtation. Western digital is known for making long lasting hard drives and I have no doubt that this new hard drive will last a long time and perform well.Read full review...


Reliable Drive

Got what I needed. Came quickly and I was able to copy my old drive to this with no trouble and have had no problems.

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HD review

Product arrived well packaged & protected. I installed it with win 7 Ultimate & the MB Chip set. This HD is working like a new one with no problems detected so far. This product is a great value for a very good price & I would highly recommend it.Read full review...

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Great affordable, reliable storage device. Fast and quiet!

Great product!! People are upgrading to SSD's, but I'll stick with this drive any day!! Fast and quiet, WD has always served me well. Tried Maxtor which is now Seagate and Seagate with limited success. With this much at stake with your personal data and paid programs; price is not an issue and these drives new or used is the best value or investment you can make. Don't spend the still very high price for an SSD when the benefit is marginal(faster boot up) and ETF is unknown. The trend for latest and greatest as always will help keep the above drives cheap and affordable. Hope my opinion and experience helps:))Read full review...

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