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Is WD 4TB Black still the best HDD right now ? (WD4003FZEX)

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Is WD 4TB Black still the best HDD right now ? (WD4003FZEX)

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760

Any updates on newer HDD products that are faster and more silent than WD Black that are coming in the future (2015) ?

Thank you

It is not the best, and has not been such in quite a while! It has the following features (2 good, other bad):

* Large 4 TB capacity.

* 5 year warranty.

* Slow compared to Seagate, see below.

* Very loud - most other HDDs are quieter.

* Hot.

* Power hog.

* Expensive.

One of the best HDDs right now at a good price, albeit with just 3 TB/3 year warranty, is this Seagate model:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

(link is for the 2-year warranty model, but you can get the same drive with 3 years too.)

It is better than the WD Black in all respects - faster, quieter, cooler, cheaper price per TB, better price/performance ratio - except the size and warranty.

Seagate HDDs info:

http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/desktop-hdd-fam/en-gb/docs/desktop-hdd-ds1770-5-1409gb.pdf

I can provide benchmarks of my 3 such Seagate drives tomorrow. I also have the WD Black 4 TB you mention.

Seagate also have a similar 4 TB HDD, but it slower being only 5900 RPM and not 7200 like the above.

Also please see this review:

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/6101/6/54-hdds-and-sshds-reviewed-the-best-drives-for-your-desktop-laptop-and-nas-tested-desktop-drives

Quote from it:

Looking at our test results reveals that the fastest disks for data storage are still the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 drives. We can't help but notice that the 1 TB and 2 TB models are slightly faster than the 3 TB one. The fastest 4 TB drive is the Western Digital Black 4TB V2, although its performance lead over the Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB, which only operates at 5900 rpm, is very modest indeed.

Edited by Naki

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