WD Black 6TB Performance Hard Drive

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These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The recordings start with 5 to 10 seconds of ambient noise, then 5 to 10 second segments of the drive in the following states: idle and seek.

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The WD Black 6TB impressively offers a five year warranty, a sizable amount of capacity, and Enterprise-level performance in one neat package. While its mechanical nature prevents it from being as nimble as a SSD, it is the fastest hard drive we've tested, though as usual, this comes at a cost. As one would expect, its power consumption is at the higher end of the scale and it's noisy by modern standards. Its relatively low vibration level was a pleasant surprise though and this will reduce its real world acoustic impact in most cases, especially in multi-drive configurations.

Given its physical properties and cost, it's more of a niche product than it would have been in the pre-SSD era. A much faster small SSD for the operating system and programs combined with a slower 5400 RPM hard drive is a better fit for most. After all, many users that require this much capacity only need to archive data, only a fraction of which is accessed on a regular basis. A speedy mechanical drive like the WD Black 6TB is for people with big data that is opened and used frequently. The tagline on the WD Black's product page is "create in black" as it's an excellent choice for content creators, video editors, and photographers.

The WD Black 6TB is currently selling for approximately US$300, which is fairly expensive considering how much extra performance it offers a slower consumer drive like the WD Red 6TB. That being said, if you crave higher performance without going solid-state, the price-tag is not unreasonable.

Our thanks to Western Digital for the Black 6TB hard drive sample.

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SPCR Articles of Related Interest:
WD Blue SSHD 4TB & 1TB Hybrid Drives
Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB M.2/PCI-E SSD
Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD
Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB
Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs
Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive

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