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April 12, 2014 3:13:52 PM

There seems to be some confusion/misinformation regarding the WD black 1 TB hard drives.

What is the best choice between the WD1002FAEX & WD1003FZEX hard drives? Some say the 1003 is basically a rebadged blue drive.
I'm going to use a samsung 840 pro SSD for my windows installation and will mostly use this computer trading stocks and not much else.

I like the WD 5 year warranty but I am open to other suggestions.

Appreciate your feedback.

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a b G Storage
April 12, 2014 3:46:24 PM

Tom's had an article about that a few months back, it's worth a read since it's short http://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-black-sequential-re... or this http://www.brightsideofnews.com/2013/10/11/western-digi... short article that has charts. I think I might look at the WD RED models for your use personally
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April 12, 2014 4:53:45 PM

WD1003FZEX is the latest black HDD from WD. Supposed to be a step or two above the WD1002FAEX. Has some newer technology, can't remember the specifics at the moment. I have a WD1003FZEX hdd and it was kind of a pain to get it transformed into a MBR partition. The drive I got was a GPT partition. Afterwards it has been great. Used Acronis Disk Director to make it a logical drive.
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April 12, 2014 8:50:32 PM

I think the Red is a better value and the design should provide a more stable (*longer lasting, we'll get back to that) data resource.

*Longer lasting... according to WD here http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810 their target performance is 1,000,000 hrs (~100 years) for MTBF yet the warranty is less than that of the WD Black (I can't figure that unless they're taking the intended usage - NAS - into account... still... hmm)
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April 13, 2014 6:57:30 AM

What's odd is that I called WD the other day and the tech told me that the WD1002 was the newer model.

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