Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps review

WD's lastest take on the newest SATA 6Gbps standard

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Our Verdict

For ultimate performance, SSDs rule. But WD's Caviar Black combines huge capacity with reasonable performance at a very attractive price point.


  • Lots of performance-enhancing features
  • Good balance between capacity and performance


  • Still much slower than an SSD
  • SATA 6Gbps interface is redundant

Conventional wisdom says solid state drives (SSDs) beat traditional hard drives silly in any performance metric you care to mention. How can the likes of Western Digital's latest magnetic spinner, the Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX, therefore hope to compete?

In a word, capacity. The cost per gigabyte of SSDs, even modestly sized drives such as the new Patriot Inferno 100GB, remains several multiples more than a magnetic hard disk.

In fact, the bigger you go, the more massive the price gap. 1TB SSDs are now available. But where the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB is yours for just £75, the likes of OCZ's Colussus LT 1TB SSD retails at £2,500.

That's beyond a joke.

Clearly, old school hard drives are still the only realistic option for mass storage of data-hungry files such as video, audio and high-resolution images.

But if you want the best possible performance from your big data bucket, the new Caviar Black 1TB sports a number of speed-friendly features including 64MB of cache memory, Native Command Queuing, dual processors and SATA 6Gbps support.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Buffer64 MB
Product FamilyBlack
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width3.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameWD
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity1 TB
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, China RoHS
Height25.4 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth147 mm
ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelWD1002FAEX
Product NameWD Black WD1002FAEX Hard Drive
Product LineBlack
Hot SwappableYes
Manufacturer Part NumberWD1002FAEX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

Desktop Hard Drives

WD Black hard drives are designed for enthusiasts and creative professionals looking for leading-edge performance. These 3.5-inch desktop drives are perfect for high-performance applications like photo and video editing, gaming and power PCs.

Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)690 g