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WD2001FASS and WD2002FAEX Comparison

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February 11, 2011 7:24:48 AM

I'm looking at two different Western Digital internal hard drives, WD2002FAEX and WD2001FASS.

As far as I can tell from the specifications pages, they're identical, except that the WD2002FAEX is 6 Gb/s SATA, and the WD2001FASS is 3 Gb/s SATA. But for some reason they're the same price everywhere I look. Here's the Newegg links for example:

WD2002FAEX

WD2001FASS

Why would they be the same price if one drive has a newer, faster connection than the other? Am I missing something?
a b G Storage
February 11, 2011 3:18:58 PM

Market prices are influenced by economic supply and demand,
not simply by specifications.

WD's website has a full set of specifications: www.wdc.com

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=100


If you check around the Internet, I expect you will see
a variety of different asking prices.


MRFS


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a c 415 G Storage
February 12, 2011 5:46:10 AM

The faster connection itself makes no difference to the performance of a hard drive because even the slower connection is much, much faster than the data coming off the platters. It's like a bicycle on a road - the cyclist isn't going to get there any faster whether the speed limit is 60km/H or 120km/H.

Since there's no performance benefit to the drive with the faster connection, there's no reason that you should expect to pay more for it.
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February 12, 2011 3:40:48 PM

^ +1

Only SSDs make full use of SATA 3 and only a few of those benefit from SATA 6 . Mechanical drives just are not fast enough to come close to using SATA 3 much less SATA 6.
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