This is by far the most popular and reliable storage drive, and WD have made a name of themselves with this product. In late 2016, HDD’s can still be used for it’s extremely low Price/GB ratio, resulting in a few TB’s of storage for less than £300. However, with an SSD, the Price/GB is around 5 times higher. The Hard Drive is at 7200Rpm, and is mechanical of course, so it will produce some noise, but definitely not louder than your case fans.
HDD or SSD?
If you are on the teetering edge of either buying a 120GB SSD or a 1TB WD Blue Hard Drive, you should assess what you are going to use it for. If you are building a gaming PC, and you have less than £50 to spend, definitely go for a HDD. Games take more storage, so you should put that as a priority over speed.
However, if you run a website like me, or use Photoshop or open many programs a day, then you should go for the WD 1TB option. This Hard Drive. On this drive you get around 133mb/s write speed, whereas SSD’s genereally have around 500mb/s write speeds. Depending on what you need, that’s what you’re buying decision should be based about. The WD 1TB is £0.041/GB; there are better capacities for the price, but the reliability of the drives are unmatched.
Availability And Specifications
This hard drive being so popular is available everywhere currently for £41/$50.
The specifications for the product can be found below.
|Item Weight||109 g|
|Product Dimensions||14.7 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm|
|Item model number||WD10EZEX|
|Screen Size||3.5 inches|
|RAM Size||1 GB|
Pros And Cons
- Really good reliability.
- High capacity
- Reasonable speeds for HDD
- Price/GB ratio is still a bit high for a HDD
- Speeds don’t match that of an SSD
This drive has performed amazingly for me as a storage drive for the past month. You can get better storage capacities from Seagate, but Seagate drives have the highest amount of corrupt drives. In terms of reliability, WD leads the way. You can go for an SSD, but at this price point, you are only going to get around 120GB at this price.