WD Black 6TB Performance Hard Drive

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Power Consumption

Like most high performance hard drives, the Black 6TB draws much more power than the more popular and affordable "green" high capacity models, sucking down almost 10W when seeking and 8W sitting idle. The drive was also observed going into a powering saving mode following a quiet tick after a varying amount of idle time, about 15 seconds at the minimum. It probably isn't true headparking as the sound it produces isn't that strong but nevertheless, it does save about 0.5W in this state.

Acoustics

If you're used to 5400 RPM high capacity drives, the WD Black 6TB is noticeably louder, measuring 19-20 [email protected] at idle. Thankfully, it doesn't sound particularly offensive in this state as it basically just emits a soft but prominent hissing. There's no sugarcoating its acoustics during seek activity unfortunately. Its seeks are sharp, pronounced, and powerful enough to raise the SPL by 3~4 dB. This increase is the highest we've observed from a mechanical hard drive in some time aside from the VelociRaptor series.

Comparison Charts: Environmental Characteristics

3.5 INCH HARD DRIVES
Drive
Mfg date
firmware version
Vibration
1-10
(10 = no vibration)
Activity State
Airborne Acoustics
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Measured
Power
WD Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARS
August 2010
firmware 01.00A01
9
Idle
12~13
2.8 W
(2.4 W parked)
Seek
6.5 W
WD Red 1TB
WD10EFRX-68JCSN0
June 2012
firmware 01.01A01
8
Idle
12~13
2.9 W
Seek
4.1 W
Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB HD204UI
August 2010
firmware 1AQ10001
7
Idle
13
4.0 W
Seek
15
5.6 W
WD Red 3TB
WD30EFRX-68AX9N0

June 2012
firmware 80.00A80
9
Idle
13~14
3.6 W
Seek
4.9 W
WD Caviar Green 3TB WD30EZRS
September 2010
firmware 01.00A01
8
Idle
14~15
4.1 W
(3.7 W parked)
Seek
7.5W
WD Red 4TB
WD40EFRX-68WT0N0

August 2013
firmware 80.00A80
8~9
Idle
15
4.0 W
(3.2 W parked)
Seek
15~16
6.2 W
Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB HDS5C3020ALA632
April 2011
firmware 580
7
Idle
14~15
4.1W
Seek
15
5.6 W
WD Blue SSHD 4TB WD40E31X-00HY4A0
May 2015
firmware 80.00A80
8
Idle
15
4.5 W
Seek
15~16
6.0 W
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB ST4000VN000-1H4168
September 2013
firmware SC43
7~9
Idle
15
4.8 W
(4.1 W parked)
Seek
16~17
5.5 W
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001-9YN166
November 2011
firmware CC47
8
Idle
16
6.4 W
(5.6 W after 30 secs)
(3.9 W after 50 secs)
Seek
16~17
9.9 W
WD Red 6TB
WD60EFRX-68MYMN1
July 2014
firmware 82.00A8
8
Idle
14~15
4.4 W
Seek
18
5.4 W
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB
ST2000DX001-1CM164
February 2014
firmware CC43
5~7
Idle
16
4.5
(4.0 W parked)
Seek
16~17
7.1 W
WD Se 4TB WD4000F9YZ-09N20L0
October 2013
firmware 01.01A01
7
Idle
16
8.1 W
Seek
18~19
9.7 W
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB HDS723020BLA642
August 2011
firmware MNGOA5C0
5
Idle
17
5.3 W
Seek
18
7.8 W
Seagate Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD v4 6TB ST6000NM0024-1HT17Z
May 2014
firmware SN02
3
Idle
19~20
7.5 W
Seek
20~21
9.2 W
WD Black 6TB WD6001FZWX-00ZHUA0
May 2015
firmware 01.01A01
7
Idle
19~20
7.8 W
(7.3 W after 15 secs)
Seek
23
9.9 W
WD VelociRaptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ-04N21V0
March 2012
firmware 04.06A00
7
[bare]
Idle
[16~17]
18
4.0 W
[bare]
Seek
[27]
32
5.3 W

The WD Black 6TB is one of the loudest hard drives we've tested in the modern era, equaling the Seagate Enterprise 3.5 HDD v4 6TB in idle noise and exceeding it when seeking. However, like the WD Se 4TB, it has surprisingly low vibration for a high performance model. Under normal circumstances, i.e. hard-mounted in a case, it should be quieter than most 7200 RPM models, especially if multiple drives are deployed.



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