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I don’t know about you, but when I build a new PC I basically plan for an SSD for my operating system and then a second drive or more for my Steam and other files. This has been fairly consistent in my builds from the “Fridge” with its double SSD’s and double spinning drives all the way to the most recent “lunchbox 3” with its SSD and hard drive. I even do the same thing on my gaming laptop. Sadly, there are a lot of people who just can’t do this with their laptops do to only having one drive space. Western Digital surprised us late last week with a game changing drive that has that situation in mind without going with a hybrid setup. That drive is their new WD Black 2 Dual Drive, a single drive that houses a 120GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

Product Name: WD Black 2 Dual Drive

Review Sample Provided by: Western Digital

Written by: Wes

Picture by: Wes

 

Specifications

Capacity

120GB SSD and 1TB HDD

Model number

WD1001X06XDTL

Interface

SATA 6 Gb/s

Form factor

2.5-inch

Advanced Format (AF)

Yes

RoHS compliant

Yes

Performance (SSD)

Data transfer rates

Interface speed

Internal transfer rate (read, max)

Internal transfer rate (write, max)

6 Gb/s

350 MB/s

140 MB/s

Reliability/Data Integrity

Load/unload cycles

600,000

Non-recoverable read errors per bits read

<1 in 10

Limited warranty (years)

5

Power Management

Average power requirements (W)

 Read/Write

Idle

Standby/Sleep

1.8

0.9

0.9

Environmental Specifications

Temperature (°C)

Operating

Non-operating

0 to 60

-40 to 70

   

Shock (Gs)

Operating (2 ms, write)

Operating (2 ms, read)

Non-operating (2 ms)

30

65

350

Acoustics (dBA)6

Idle

Seek (average)

20

21

Physical Dimensions

Height (in./mm, max)

0.374/9.50

Length (in./mm, max)

3.95/100.30

Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.)

2.75/69.85

Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%)

0.28/0.125

 

 

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #33361 25 Nov 2013 23:48
Although I was out of town at MLG all weekend, I did manage to slip in a little work here in there. Todays review is Western Digital's latest creation, the Black 2!
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Deb0 replied the topic: #33362 26 Nov 2013 01:06
We now need 22 of these to go along with the ASRock Extreme11.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #33363 26 Nov 2013 01:22
22 of these would mean 44 drives showing up in windows. You would run out of letters to name them :-P
Deb0's Avatar
Deb0 replied the topic: #33364 26 Nov 2013 01:51
Negative. AA is a valid name.
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Plague replied the topic: #33366 26 Nov 2013 10:54
really could have used one of these for Pandemic.
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #33367 26 Nov 2013 15:58
very interesting device. Because of its thickness, we can only assume that the 1TB HDD section is a single platter. That will account for its speedy performance. Ive been seeing alot of the very slim laptop drives for some time now. They are just as thick as the SATA ports.
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Wingcmdr77 replied the topic: #33368 26 Nov 2013 16:25
Very nice. Hope more companies jump on the band wagon and get the price war going!

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