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Seagate Cheetah 10k7 vs WD Caviar Black as boot drive

Q: Seagate Cheetah 10k7 vs WD Caviar Black as boot drive

i am looking at buying a cheap 2nd hand seagate cheetah 10k.7 drive for my games and windows 7 as a startup disk, is this advisable, as it is faster (i think) than my current, pretty much full WD caviar green. also it is fibre channel rather than sata, and i have no idea if thats good or bad, i'd never seen it before.
or is it better to install on a 1tb caviar black i am also going to get.
thanks for any info, can provide pc specs if nessesary

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A: Seagate Cheetah 10k7 vs WD Caviar Black as boot drive

I used to use a WD raptor 10k drive for the os. FWIW a more modern WD black series [750gig] actually benched higher than the raptor.

It is up to you however you do understand that the seagate is a scsi type drive and needs a scsi controller to function correct?

FWIW if you want speed, then go with SSD. That WILL provide a big speed increase over the seagate drive AND no need to buy a scsi controller.

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Googling this question doesn't yield me many answers. I'm in a very particular situation, as well:
On eBuyer, I've been looking to get a 2tb WD Caviar Black hard drive for recording game footage onto. That is about £125 (without shipping costs). However, I could get a 3tb Seagate Barracuda for about £90 - again, without shipping costs applied.

What's the best choice here?

WD: http://www.ebuyer.com/247563-wd-2tb-black-desktop-drive-wd2002faex
Seagate: http://www.ebuyer.com/319640-seagate-3tb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-oem-st3000dm001

If it makes any difference, the two hard drives already in my machine are WD Caviar Greens.


A:Solved: WD Caviar Black or Seagate Barracuda...?

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I have a SAS Seagate Cheetah, 300GB 15K.5 Hard Drive that is recognized by BIOS but shown no other information. The drive does not show up nor is accessible. It is mechanically sound I just can not access it. I have tied SeagateTool's but it is pointless. I am looking for some creative way of un-bricking this drive to extract data from it. I do not care if the drive survives much afterward.


A:How to "un-brick" Seagate Cheetah hard drive

please describe what is shown in the Disk Management
right-click My Computer->Manage
go to Disk Management​ignore the C:\ boot disk and describe whatever else is seen

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Hi, i have a 15k Seagate Cheetah Internal Hard drive, and im not sure how the setup works.

A:SCSI Seagate Cheetah 15k HDD in Vista.

Ok I have a ASC-29160n SCSI PCI Controller.
and Vista seems to have latest driver but my HD speed tool shows only like 36MBps. Thats slower than my SATA.

And the Hdd is a 40GB 15k Seagate Cheetah.
The SCSI Controller is set all to defaults.at 160MBps.

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My system specs should be in my signature. If not I will quickly edit this post to include them.

My OS (windows 7 home premium sp1) is on the SSD, as well as all programs. Data (such as pictures, movies, excel files, etc...) is contained on the WD Caviar Black 1TB drive. After some time, have not been able to determine a specific amount, when trying to access a folder or file on the WD drive the system will be slow to respond and I can hear the drive spooling up. This does not only happen after the computer has been allowed to enter sleep mode.

I am wondering if this is normal, as it is quite annoying. Is there any way to make the drive stay "active" while the computer is awake?

Thanks for the help!

A:Non-OS 7200rpm WD Caviar Black 1TB drive slow to respond - spool time?

Sounds like you need you need to check the power management in windows and or the bios as well to see what options are on what ones are off

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Is the Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB a decent enough hard drive to use as my boot drive? I will be using the PC for gaming, will this hard drive be good enough?

A:Solved: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB as boot drive?


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I was running WD diagnostic tool on my Black Caviar 2TB and after just a few seconds of Quick Test I got this message "Quick test on drive 1 did not complete!" in window pop-out. Here is the full message:

After that I tested my HD with HD Tune Pro and these are the results:

Reading Test

Error Scan (still in progress...)

Error Scan (performed back in March 2014)

Helath Info

As you can see there is 1 bad sector which is still there after reinstalling my Windows 7. Could this be my problem? I read on various forums that 1 bad sector for large hard drives is nothing? I do not know if this is true? Is my Black Caviar dieing?

My PC with Intel 2500k is very slow and performs really bad. Every time I try to open internet browser, or any other program my PC takes time to open an application and my HD has that "grinding" sound like it is searching for the files, very similar to Anti Virus scan sound. It is very annoying thing which last over 6 months, or even more. When I open folder full of pictures my pictures also are loaded slowly. You can clearly see on the screen they are loaded 10 by 10 while scrolling.

Today, while I was in "Safe Mode" loading essential drivers which you can see on the black screen after booting goes very slow too. From my previous experience Windows usually loads them very fast.

I tried to reinstall my Windows in a hope I will get better performance, but still my ... Read more

A:"Quick test on drive 1 did not complete" error on my WD Black Caviar

Hey there,

Status Code = 07 in WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic means the drive fails to read part of the drive and it is likely to soon fail or it already started failing. Once a bad sector appears on a drive, it is highly likely that more would appear (the head would bounce off the physically damaged part and land on a different spot on the platter further damaging it and creating more bad sectors). You could try running chkdsk /r to try locating and isolating any bad sectors it finds, but this would only give you some time for backing up your data. I would advise you to replace that drive. Since it is from the WD Black series, it is likely that it is still under warranty (they usually come with 5 year limited warranty). I would check that and go for RMA.

I wouldn't imagine the slow performance would be only because of the drive. I would do a run-in test to check the CPU, RAM and GPU to make sure they are all OK.

Hope this helps,


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I recently removed two hard drives from an old desktop computer (bought around 2000) and bought a Dynex HDD enclosure to hook them up to my laptop to extract data. Well the Dynex only works with 40 pin IDE drives. It turns out that these two drives are Cheetah drives with 68-pin (d-shaped) SCSI interfaces. So I'm wondering if any of you know of a way I can hook these SCSI Cheetah drives up to my laptop via USB and get the data off them.

Any help would be appreciated!

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bought a the new WD5001AALS Caviar Black retail harddrive. When i got it, it came in a OEM package. It turns out it was a website typo. Now i cant find this drive in a retail box anywhere. I dont like to buy OEM drives because i feel like they take more of a beating. What do you guys think?

A:WD Caviar Black

I don't understand the question.
If the drive is new, then it's as good as Retail or OEM or whatever. And should still come with the same manufacture warranty.

If you didn't get what you paid for, you are legally entitled to a refund (note this may be an exchange of parts)

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I purchased two WD Caviar Black drives a few months ago, at the time I had a 32-Bit version of Windows 7 (7100) installed, and the machine was quieter than quiet.

Since installing my 64-Bit RTM it seems like the drives "clicks" at lot now when it is "working" ... what could cause that? I know that I am not crazy.

What diagnostic tools can I use to determine if the drive is still stable etc?

I am very tech savvy but have never really paid close attention to storage until recently.

A:WD Caviar Black noisy?

I would head to WD website and pull down their daig tools for the drive.
It would be the best place to start looking at the manufactors website.

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I'm running Windows 7, and am "adding" this TB drive to my machine. I don't want the OS installed on it. I want to partition it a few different ways for Images, Audio, Video, etc. When I booted up and went to Disk Manager, it came up with a window saying that "you must initialize....blah blah blah"....most of you know the spiel...

It gives two options MBR and GPT. Seeing as though the OS will not be installed on it I see no need to select MBR...but I'm not familiar with GPT - however is that what I should check?

A:WD 1TB Caviar Black...GPT structure?

Never underestimate windows going wrong and needing to use a Linux Live CD to restore data ;^) From my understanding, GPT just allows a ridiculous amount of partitions.....any need at the moment?

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Anyone playing with the new Western Digital SATA 6 Caviar Black HD (64meg Cache)???

I bought one the other day loaded Windows on it and it thrashes like crazy. My older SATA Blacks (32meg) are quiet as church mice. I read somewhere that this might be normal??? I find that hard to believe but...



A:SATA 6 WD Caviar Black 1TB

This is the SATA III/6Gbps drive? What did it set you back?

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Looked around on the net for an answer to my problem and I've found some related threads here, among others this one: Original hard drive not seen, can't format

This all started when I was trying to get my HP Storageworks X310 to work again, and bought a new hard drive to rule out my old drive being faulty. I ran into some installation problems of WHS V1 on this disk (not sure why), and eventually got the old disk up working again. Now I'd like to use this one for something else, but I can't format it or do anything. When I run diskpart as described in the thread above I get the following info for the details of my disk:

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 465 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 111 GB 0 B
Disk 2 Online 189 GB 5120 KB
Disk 3 Online 931 GB 8 MB

DISKPART> select disk 3

Disk 3 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> detail disk

WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Y9A0 USB Device
Disk ID: 2423EA7E
Type : USB
Status : Online
Path : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : UNAVAILABLE
Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : No
Pagefile Disk : No
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : No
Clustered Disk : No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
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A:Can't format WD Caviar Black HD

Clean is designed to remove all config data off a disk, not volume. After selecting disk 3 run a clean and then see if you can make a partition and format it.

Also, anything in the event log?

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So, I picked up two 2TB drives today. One works, the other one half works.

The external works just fine. The internal, which is a Caviar Black, is recognized by BIOS just fine, and I can see it in the Device Manger, but not Explorer.

In the attachment it shows:

My primary SSD: CTFDDAC064MAG
My two 500GB drives: Samsung HD501LJ
The 2TB Black (that's the WD2002FAEX)
It also shows some of the external USB MyBook drives, but those are all ok. So, I figure I must be missing something, but I can't figure out what it is?


A:WD Caviar Black problem

Welcome justaguy

It probably needs to be initalized in Disk Management

Start Computer Management Disk Management

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Hi i had a thread about this before but never seemed to identify the problem.

Basically i had a WDC 750GB drive that started failing and got it replaced by an identical one. the symptoms were it getting noisy and slower.

Anyway the new drive that came was tested fine by several programs but it had symptoms pretty much the same as my failing drive.

Ive had 3 replacements of the same drive and they are all the same, noisy and slow under load, specially straight after logon. (There is no bloatware or anything stupid running at startup only speedfan and Antivirus)

I found this thread here New WD Caviar Black 1TB poor performance? [Solved] - Hard Drives - Storage

I downloaded HDtune and ran the benchmark and my results are almost identical with a really low minimum transfer rate (1.6MB/s) which is attached.

They were talking about installing Intel storage drivers but im a little confused with this as my build is AMD and the downloads section of my motherboard doesnt provide any Sata drivers that i can see.

Any advice here please?

A:WD Caviar Black HDD not performing right

I should also mention that i can hear the HDD over pretty much anything with my fans at 100% too.

It felt abnormal but with having 3 drives sent that do the same thing im not so sure anymore.

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I've just installed a new computer and I don't know if my Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA Hard Drive ( WD1001FALS) is slow or not. Are there any drivers or updates for the disk?

A:WD Caviar Black 1TB Slow?

Looks pretty normal to me.

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OK, I hope you guys can give me some advice here. Just installed my new WD Black Caviar 1TB.
What I would like to know is how to configure now? I currently have 3 Hard drives. 1 x 320gb Seagate Baracuda, 1 x 320gb WD, and then the 1TB drive. Currently I have three OS set up. Windows 7 7100 64bit, 7127 64bit, and 7100 Chinese 32bit. These are all on my Seagate HD. My data and everything else is on the 320gb WD.
Obviously the 1TB drive is the fastest, so I would like to utilize it fully. Should I move my default OS here? Should I partition it first? Or should I keep my data on this?
Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated.

A:Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB

What I usally do is this, and for the record I just bought that same drive from newegg for $90.00 so im stoked for its arrival!

First I always partition the drive in 2

Give your first partition something like 400 gigs and the d partition 600
I only install OS and Apps to the C drive all DATA, Images, saves, documents, pictures,music reside on D

so when I reformat I dont lose my data just the apps and its a much faster re-install.

I also leave in a secondary Drive or an external drive and use that for backups of the D important data so if one drive dies your set.

I don't do any mirror because of costs, and speed issues (no im not setting up raid 0, or 5 on a home PC) my method works and is cheap done multiple recoveries this way.

Always do a fresh install never upgrade over something if possible!

When installing new devices remove all refrences to old devices PRIOR to installing new hardware.

Thats all I can tell you. Been living by this for years and no problems since.

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I just ordered this drive from TD, and I got to wondering if there is anything that I need to do different for it to be able to use the full capacity of the drive? I will probably partition the first 100GBs for adding another OS to my secondary rig, and the remainder in multiple partitions for archiving data.

A:Western Digital 1TB Black Caviar

There isn't anything special that you should have to do. As long as it your box recognizes the drive, you should get all of the capacity. A 1TB drive will show up as 931GB to Windows 7.

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I am trying to install Windows 7 64 bit on the computer I built this weekend.

It's components are:
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard
Corsair 2x 2GB DDR3 1333 MHz
Intel i5 processor
WD Caviar Black 1 TB
Nvidia 9800 GT video card

The problem I have is when I am installing Windows, it can't find my HDD. It appears in the BIOS and I am trying to run it IDE although AHCI is an option. It's a SATA drive. I am pretty sure I have the most up-to-date drivers for the motherboard and on the MS website it says that the HDD is supported by Windows 7.

I have tried changing various parameters. I've plugged it into each of the 8 SATA ports on the board. When I plug it into the 6 GB/s ports, a driver shows up, but it still won't find the HDD. I've put the SATA drivers onto my thumb drive to try to boot it from there. None of these work.

Any thoughts on what I should do? I'm considering returning the HDD for a new one...

A:Installing Windows 7 on WD Caviar Black 1TB

Quote: Originally Posted by ndemarais

I am trying to install Windows 7 64 bit on the computer I built this weekend.

It's components are:
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard
Corsair 2x 2GB DDR3 1333 MHz
Intel i5 processor
WD Caviar Black 1 TB
Nvidia 9800 GT video card

The problem I have is when I am installing Windows, it can't find my HDD. It appears in the BIOS and I am trying to run it IDE although AHCI is an option. It's a SATA drive. I am pretty sure I have the most up-to-date drivers for the motherboard and on the MS website it says that the HDD is supported by Windows 7.

I have tried changing various parameters. I've plugged it into each of the 8 SATA ports on the board. When I plug it into the 6 GB/s ports, a driver shows up, but it still won't find the HDD. I've put the SATA drivers onto my thumb drive to try to boot it from there. None of these work.

Any thoughts on what I should do? I'm considering returning the HDD for a new one...

Run it Sata, not IDE.

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I have several WD drives inc 2 Black and 2 Blue Caviar 500Gb.

In the WEI, I get a pretty poor 5.9 for the drive performance, and doing the HD tune test, I am getting data transfer rates of about 65Mb/s compared to the specified 113Mb/s.

Is this normal? Seems pretty poor to me.

A:WD Black Caviar Performance Results?

I have RAID0 with 2xSeagate drivers and I still get a score off 5.9 as well, it is normal if you want to get higher score you prob need 10,000rpm drives, as for transfer rate it will vary due to the I/O devices.

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Had a few Firefox crashes on Youtube, Windows Live couldn't install due to some .tmp file being corrupted, and I had 2 x BSOD eventually. I can explain in more detail later if need be, for now I just attached the minidump files, there's only two as I bought the hard drive yesterday. My main concern of course is if it's faulty or not, and secondly if I can start putting on some "valuable" data on it.
I ran chkdsk, no bad sectors (ran it several times last night, and twice today)
I ran chkntfs c: and the file system is not reported to be dirty.
Forward thanks,

UPDATE: Two more dump files, just had two BSODs in the last few minutes. This time it suggested i scan the F: drive, which is a partition on my 1.5TB Samsung HD153WI. Running disc check on F: as I'm writing this.

Sys specs:
Power: CoolerMaster 600W
GPU: ATI HD5670 1gb
Audio: Creative SoudBlaster (oldie but a goodie )
Mobo: Intel iH55
Processor: Intel i3 530 2.93ghz
HD1: Western Digital Caviar Black 750gb, WD7501AALS
HD2: Samsung HD153WI
RAM: 2 x 2gb Geil Black Dragon

A:Caviar Black WD7501AALS issue?

I see
0x00000024: NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM

First one (0x8E) usually happens because of hardware compability issues and driver issues.

Second one (0x24)
A problem occurred within NTFS.SYS, the driver file that allows the system to read and write to NTFS file system drives. There may be a physical problem with the disk, or an Interrupt Request Packet (IRP) may be corrupted. Other common causes include heavy hard drive fragmentation, heavy file I/O, problems with some types of drive-mirroring software, or some antivirus software. I suggest running ChkDsk or ScanDisk as a first step; then disable all file system filters such as virus scanners, firewall software, or backup utilities. Check the file properties of NTFS.SYS to ensure it matches the current OS or SP version. Update all disk, tape backup, CD-ROM, or removable device drivers to the most current versions.

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Massive storage solutions for the gamer

By Patrick Goss

WD Caviar Black 2TB drive - meaty

WD has announced that it is now shipping its 2TB 7200RPM desktop hard drives ? with the WD Caviar Black drives pitched squarely at gamers and those with high performance desktop systems.
The Caviar Black, which is arriving with the server-focused WD RE4, combines 7200 RPM spin speed with a 64MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and an integrated dual processor.
'Best possible mix'
"WD Caviar Black 2 TB hard drives maximise the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, photo editing, user generated multimedia and video," said Jim Morris, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WD's client storage systems.
"With the selection of WD Caviar Black hard drives, WD desktop customers receive the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability that is required for intense desktop computing."
The WD Caviar Black 2TB comes with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of ?232.

A:WD shipping Caviar Black 2TB drives

Originally Posted by JMH

Massive storage solutions for the gamer

By Patrick Goss

WD Caviar Black 2TB drive - meaty

WD has announced that it is now shipping its 2TB 7200RPM desktop hard drives – with the WD Caviar Black drives pitched squarely at gamers and those with high performance desktop systems.
The Caviar Black, which is arriving with the server-focused WD RE4, combines 7200 RPM spin speed with a 64MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and an integrated dual processor.
'Best possible mix'
"WD Caviar Black 2 TB hard drives maximise the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, photo editing, user generated multimedia and video," said Jim Morris, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WD's client storage systems.
"With the selection of WD Caviar Black hard drives, WD desktop customers receive the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability that is required for intense desktop computing."
The WD Caviar Black 2TB comes with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of ?232.

sounds good, fast drives but must run hot, id be completely gobsmacked when 2TB SSD's come in at a price people can actually afford, which is (lets face it) not likely... until then, im considering several SSD's in raid

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I recently built my first rig with a Samsung SSD and a Western Digital HDD. The OS is on the SSD, and the WD will be used for storage.

The problem is that both Windows and Disk Management do not recognize the drive. My Bios reads it just fine, however.

This is merely a recent development - last night, the disk could be found in Disk Management, but the problem arose when it started to randomly disappear during formatting. I shut down the computer and attempted to switch the SATA ports hoping that would help, but I wound up creating more problems for myself.

Now I've got the computer back in the same configuration it was in when I attempted to first format the HDD, and it's not showing up in Disk Management or Windows. As I said, the bios is able to read it just fine.

This is the second HDD I've attempted to install. The previous one just stopped during formatting and failed a number of diagnostics. I bought this most recent one and I'm having the current set of problems with it. Last night it was recognized both in Disk Management and the Western Digital diagnostics software, passing just fine. The problems all began when the disk began disappearing during formatting. Now I can't see it anywhere except the bios and post screen.

I'm this close to just reinstalling Windows and leaving the drive connected to see if I can format it during installation.

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Hello all,

Thank you in advance for any help on my very first post. I am quite the newbie so pardon my ignorance.

I just set up a RAID configuration on my HP p6230y desktop with a pair of WD Caviar Black 1 TB hard drives. From what I understand my new hd's use Sata III which can run up to 6.0 gbps, but my mobo is Sata II which means it can only run 3.0 gbps. Correct me if what I just stated is wrong.

However, when I enter the "Raid option rom utility" screen by hitting Ctrl + f while it's scanning my drives on bootup, i see that my hd's "capabilities" is only 1.5 gbps. Is there something i can do to improve this speed at least to the 3.0 gbps? I heard something about trying a jumper on the pin set on the hd itself, but can anyone please clarify?

Thanks again.

A:WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III only runs at 1.5 gbps

Quote: Originally Posted by captainobvious

but my mobo is Sata II which means it can only run 3.0 gbps. Correct me if what I just stated is wrong.

Correct. I personally fail to see the point of placing a SATA III on a hard disk as it is not going to use that bandwidth anyway. Only SSDs can actually use so much.
You aren't losing anything imho.

I heard something about trying a jumper on the pin set on the hd itself, but can anyone please clarify?

googling "wd1002faex jumper settings" (the first part is the model name of the hard drive you linked from newegg, if that isn't your drive, please check its model name from Device Manager, playing with pins using the wrong pin map is ummm... foolish), I found this page of WWD support about jumper settings of that model.

From that page, seems like there are two versions of that drive model, one SATA II and one SATA III only the SATA II drives can be dialed down to SATA I with a jumper, while placing the jumper in the same place for SATA III drives dials them down to SATA II.

In case you don't have any jumper set, set it at SATA II if you want it to connect to a SATA II port on the mobo.

Please note that speed in a RAID depends from the kind of RAID mode you are selecting, and if the drives in the array are the same model or not.
This provides more info

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I just replaced my 3rd drive with a WD Caviar Black 1.5TB. This drive only stores photos and has no programs or OS on it. I ran the full set of WD diagnostics on it after formatting and seems perfect. My worry is that even when I have my photo editing programs closed the drive seems to be making a noise, like a gentle clunk, every 10 seconds. Apart from being very irritating I am concerned it should be completely quiet if I am not doing any operations that access the information on the disc.

I have rerun all the extedned WD diagnositcs and says fine. Should I run any other tests? Is this normal? If so I don't think I put up with the irritiation so have I chosen the wrong drive?

Thanks Mike

A:Caviar Black intermitent clicking worry

If it's new i'd get an RMA started with WD, they carry a 5 year warranty. I have 3 Cavier Blacks and don't hear anything like that on mine, so now would be a good time to get started before it's to late.

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Would like to know how dependable this drive is that I just bought today (before formatting/partitioning/data transfer)

WD Caviar Black 1tb, 32mb, 7200 rpm (for file backups) Hear this is among the most dependable among the WD/Hitachi/Seagate gang. And what about the Samsung Raid class 1tb, 7200 rpm sata -- how does this rate in reality -- does the fact that it is 'raid class' really matter? I've learned not to take anything that's stamped on the box at face value.

From what I know the WD Caviar is pretty well established. Meaning the drive doesn't go undectable all at once, but rather fails gradually when it does, so there is usually at least some lead time/for replacing. At the same time have heard the 'green' drives by WD aren't that great.

Am too thinking about the 500gb WD Caviar Black for the primary drive.

Replacing: multiple 7200.11 Barracuda 1 tb's and 500mg's. Would strongly advise staying away from these drives. They are defective with very high fail rates. They simply go undetectable one day and that's it. Notived that a class action suit was being organized against them for various reasons on this drive.

A:Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb sata

I have a couple of 1TB Greens in external enclosures.
I like them because they run cooler and my externals don't have good cooling ... And I don't run them all the time.

I'm using 640GB Blacks in my Tower.
Their supposed to be better because of the double Disc Bearings .. and have a 5 year warranty.
I've heard that if the disc support gets sloppy .. It has trouble reading the disc.

My 640 backs are just a little noisy as compared to my older 320s ... The double platters are not balanced perfectly.

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ok, my hard drive is a caviar black 1tb, (WD1001FALS) , its like less than one and a half years old ,today my coomputer started freezing momentarily, i tested the hard drive and turns out it has some bad sectors...HD tune benchmark fails, WD Diagnostics utility fails during diagnostics...: heres screenshots of HD Tune:

so how can i fix this? i did some googling, turns out that the drives controller shouldve done it automatically and transparently ....well it didnt, so what do i do?

A:Bad sector on Western Digital Caviar Black

Time for a new drive. I've been where you are now. There are times when diagnostics can fix certain sector issues, but like you I have had to get a replacement because it was beyond the drive's controller to rectify the problem.

A shame for you because the WD Caviar Blacks are some of their best.

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Let me try and gather my wits and explain what is happening as I'm nearing a heart attack.

My computer had been turned off for a while and was not in use - as I was away on a trip for several months. I got back, turned it on and my computer booted into Startup Repair. It took 10 hours to finally tell me that nothing was wrong except that the system volume on the disk is corrupt. Once I clicked finish, the system reboots right back into the windows startup repair. Odd, but this stuff happens right?

So I booted up with another bootable partition on an alternate HDD within the same computer to see if I could recover the files. It booted fine, but when I took a look at the HDD causing me problems I do not see the partition where all my files are located. There were folders there, but things do not look right. I opened my User folder and files seemed to have vanished. I've never seen this before and it feels like a cruel joke.

Disk Management only shows one partition. It shows that 1.9TB or 2TB are free. This is WRONG as I have used most of the file space on the HDD.

So right now I have the HDD in a USB Thermaltake tether and I'm running "Phoenix Windows Data Recovery."

While I thought I had backed up years worth of work ........ finding out that I hadn't ....... This is certainly a wake up call and I'm praying that I will be able to get these files. If all efforts fail, I will certainly be sending this drive to a professional data recovery.

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A:WD Caviar Black HDD Partition/Data Lost

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i used to have my main HDD, a caviar black 1tb running through the sata6gb/s ports just fine, then after moving to a new case (nzxt Phantom, which i'd recomend to anyone!) i cant get the bios to recognise the HDD through the sata6 ports. it runs fine on the sata3 ports, but, after reading that there is a difference, although small, in performance, i'd like to have it running back as it was.
can anyone suggest a reason for this?

A:WD Caviar Black HDD not recognised on Sata 6 ports

Not sure why the difference but you don't lose any performance running a mechanical drive on SATA3...SATA6 is to accomodate what is right now the leading edge of SSD speeds.

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My desktop system has a 2TB WD main hard drive with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on it and 2x 3TB Samsung drives for storage.

I added a 4TB Seagate NAS drive ST4000VN000 for more storage and now the PC won't boot properly in the morning.

- On first boot in the morning Windows will load very slowly, and the 4TB drive won't show up in explorer.
- If I reboot and look in BIOS the 4TB drive is not listed as present.
- If I switch the machine off, and on again the 4TB drive will appear in BIOS, and will function normally all day, including after extended periods of the whole machine being switched off.

- I have swapped SATA cables and power leads endlessly and no improvement, and my 3 original drives continue to function normally
- The SATA ports are set to AHCI
- My mobo is a Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 Rev 3.0 with the latest BIOS loaded
- My PSU is a Hiper 580W Type-R Modular, all voltages appear to be good

I work with computers professionally, but this one has me a bit stumped. Could my new drive be faulty? Maybe its because it is an NAS drive, not desktop? Could my motherboard have a problem with 4TB drives?

SOLVED: This morning I went immediately in to BIOS instead of trying to load Windows again and noticed the +12v rail was at 10.5v, and over the next few minutes it rose to 11.8v. This explains everything for me, I guess the PSU is failing and the new drive must be extra sensitive to low voltages. I will replace the PSU and report back if it doesn't fix things.

A:Solved: 4TB Seagate NAS drive now PC won't boot from cold

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I realise this is a very specific issue indeed, and also kind of a '1st world' issue... but I'd like to know what's causing my Gigabyte P57Xv7 laptop to boot twice, every time whenever my 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB3.0 drive is connected to it. Here are the salient points:

The first boot doesn't even make it to the spinning Windows circle, it only gets to the initial Gigabyte screen, then after a few seconds it reboots.
It's not the same type of double boot that occurs whenever you first plug in a new USB device (which I assume is for the BIOS to enumerate the new device?) - those boots are much shorter than this one.
It only boots twice when the boot is from a shutdown state. Not when it's a Windows 10 restart.
However I doubt it's a Windows issue, as it happens even when I disable Windows Boot Manager in BIOS (which makes the laptop boot straight into BIOS instead of loading Windows 10)
I've tried various BIOS settings (like enabling/disabling USB Legacy Support)
I've also tried various Windows settings (like disabling Hibernation and playing with various Power settings)
The Seagate drive is not a boot drive, and there are no hidden/system files in the root directory. Its file system in NTFS.
The drive has passed all of Seagate's tests via its SeaTools program.
While I don't have an awful lot of other hardware to play with, I can tell you that 1) the Seagate does not cause another older laptop to do the same thing... Read more

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Using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. W/ASUS P7P55D Deluxe board Very stable and non buggy.

Computer was running great with multiple drives. I substituted one of my 1TB drives with a brand new Seagate 3 TB drive. With the new drive hooked up, the computer will not boot and gives a message that there is no hard drive detected, put media in and hit the key. (something to that effect).

If I enter the bios in the condition, it shows all the drives in their correct order and the boot sequence is the first hard drive, CD, etc. It has detected the new drive as drive #3.

But it will not boot.

But, if I disconnect the new drive (power and SATA connector), the compute will boot up fine.

I have checked all the connectors ad they seem fine.

Is there something about the sequence in which the SATA connectors have to be connected?

I am mystified.


A:Computer won't boot with new Seagate Barracuda drive as secondary drv


Sometimes the sequence can be critical. can you check to see that the original HDD is plugged into SATA port 0? If not, try that to see if it works.


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So, I decided to run some maintenance checks on my hard drives today.
All my other drives are perfect, no dead sectors, still running cool, good read/write.
I have one of the Caviar Blacks dedicated to just Media. It's getting towards the full side, I only have 300GB free anymore.
But that's not the problem, apparently I've acquired a couple dead sectors in this drive.
There's no operating system, it's simply an internal drive used for Media.

Is there any way to repair this? I don't have enough free space anywhere else to back up all this media.
And I don't want any of it getting corrupted or lost.

What should I do?

Case: XCLIO BlackHawk
Monitors: (X3 HP 2310m 23” 1080P Glossy Monitors”
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Unlocked 4th Core OC 3.6Ghz
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB 4 x 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
GPU: X2 XFX Radeon HD 5770’s Juniper XT CrossFireX
HD: (X2 WD Caviar Black 1TB) (X2 Barracuda 500GB)
PSU: CoolMax GreenPower 950W Modular

A:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM - Dead Sectors?

Run the manufacturer's diagnostics on the run and get a their result, also the WD diagnostics offer an option to repair the drive - you may have to run the CD version of the diagnostics to be offered the repair though. Or if the drive fails then you can use the error code to have the drive replaced under the 3 or 5 year warranty.

WD diagnostics: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&lang=en

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I'm having some weird problems with one of my internal HDDs. I have 2 640 WD Caviar Black. One of them has only one partition, used only for media (music, films, photos). About 2 days ago Windows start giving warning messages about that driver.
ImageShack? - Online Photo and Video Hosting
I installed Crystal Disk Info and this is what it shows:
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I start testing the HDD using Disk Check, Tuneup Disk Doctor, WD LifeGuard Doctor, Disk Checkup inside Windows and Disk Check + Ultimate Boot CD on boot to see if is something wrong but everything shows up OK. Also I changed the SATA cables and re-tested, with same results.
Now here's the weird thing. About a few months ago I noticed that sometimes, while listening to music or watching a movie(all stored on that drive) I start experiencing low FPS, sometimes even 0 & the video/audio player start freezing. And always at the same frame/minute. So I backup up all the data, tried Disk Check and formated the drive and then Disk Check again. Everything turned out OK. About 2 weeks ago I had some serious driver conflict and I posted a thread here, under driver section. Apparently, I was able to isolate the problem and fix it till a week ago when an old 250 GB IDE drive
running on an external enclosure stopped working. Windows warnings claimed that the file system got corrupted and that I need to format the drive. I tried formatting the drive but it failed since now Disk Check was run ... Read more

A:Windows warns WD Caviar Black HDD is dying, testing shows nothing

Your second pic shows health status BAD, if i were you i would quit running programs to diagnose and get my stuff BACKED UP, NOW. If it's still running get everything off that drive while you still can. Then you can mess with the drive, cause when it goes it will be to late.

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Bought me a 320 GB Free Agent external drive by Seagate. Plugged it in to USB 2.0 port; works flawlessly. Problem is, when I shut down and reboot the computer, it seems to interrupt the boot up process, causing a black screen, and stopping the boot process right there. I made sure that it wasn't included in the boot devices in the BIOS, and this boot up problem happens only about 50% of the time. If I unplug the drive, it'll boot up fine almost 100% of the time. Any idea what could be happening here? I'm running XP home, with 1.5 G of memory, and two internal 80 GB HD's. I tried plugging this drive directly into the tower, and into a hub - same problem either way. (Actually seemed to occur more frequently when plugged directly into the tower.)

The site's tech support pages have no drivers to update (plug and play), and doesn't tackle this problem.

A:Seagate Free Agent Drive causing boot up problems

This is probably a BIOS issue. I have two systems here, (the two newest), that have the same issue. When I boot with a USB device attached, the BIOS gets confused about what device to boot, and there's nothing in the BIOS setup that will make it right.

Do what my doctor prescribes for issues like this: "If it hurts when you do that, don't do that".

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I have installed Windows 10 and started installing drivers on this page https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-touchsmart-15-j100-notebook-pc-series/54011... sp77075.exe Seagate Hard Drive Firmware Update When this etup is run now Windows does not boot. I boot in to Tiny core terminal and nothing goes on. Please help. Thanks.

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Hi there people, This a follow to a previous thread I started as my former 400 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HDD was faulty. I have since returned it to Seagate who took over a month to send me a new one!

The problem is the one they sent me doesn't seem to work either, it makes a horrible noise on start-up and then in Bios it reports the status as bad and advises to first back up and then replace the drive. Once it boots into windows it seems o.k but often causes crashes and some really slow performance. I use it as a media drive and it has a lot of video and audio files on it.

The problem is really getting to me as I need the drive for my work and I worried that if I send them back this drive they are just going to send me another that doesn't work and also it cost me every time I send it back! If anyone has anay advice on what it could be please let me know, does it sound as if it's a problem with the rest of my pc or just the drives their sending me? The first HDD problem was different to this one so I guess it's just the drives that are at fault.

Thanks in advance,


A:Seagate Hard drive has bad status and makes horrible noises on boot-up!

Difficult to tell, depends on the noise, is it clicking, or whirring noisily ?

Tried chkdsk to scan your hard drive in search of a wide range of errors. This tool can also attempt to correct a number of hard drive problems.

Would lean more towards the HDD being faulty rather then the PC, but as I said difficult to tell without further analysis.


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The harddrive makes this chirping noise for about 20 seconds when I power on the computer, please see the link.

please add the http www as I can't post links because I'm a new member


After that and the rest of the time it runs fine.

Could it be a power supply issue on startup or is there something definitely wrong with my hard drive.

Many thanks

A:Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up

It's most likely a dying hard drive. It may still be under a 5-year warranty

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I am building a computer and dont know what hard drive to choose. Caviar blue or green. Which one is better? Any help would be great.


A:Caviar Blue Or Caviar Green

After doing a litter research on the WD site and looking at some test sites there is very little differnce between the two. The Black does have higher performance limits but it's questionable (and mostly peek performance not average) if it's going to be noticable. The Green is more power effecient which makes it run cooler and quieter. Honestly all other things being equial I'd go with the Green since it will be cooler and quiet and last longer in theory.

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Hello Guys

I am so Sad with my WD Caviar SE SATA HDD.
It just ran fine until today morning when the PC wouldnt boot to XP.
POST went fine, so did the loading thing of Windows LOGO.
After that the PC keeps on restarting and halted on POST.

I only saw a message that HDD S.M.A.R.T is bad, Backup and Replace.
But only once I could get into XP and started copying some files, and the PC restarted .

I ran the WD diag tool and it sees all the files within that 250 GB C:\ only HDD partition.

So How to copy those files to Another HDD???
Or, Any way to Reinstate the Partition Header?

A:WD Caviar SE SATA HDD Wont Boot to XP

If the drive is still working ... You could Clone it to a new HDD.

If you have an external HD you could Image the HD to a file in the external ..
Then recover a new HD from the Image file in the external.

If the Drive has problems .. You'll have to perform a fresh install.
Then you could make a backup Image for the next time.

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Ok guys... I had a WD 80gb Caviar HDD in my old Dell, it has alot of important files on it that I am trying to get, so I pulled out the IDE cable that came with my P6T Deluxe, plugged it in to the MB, too the Hard drive, and plugged in the power cable.

I also swapped the jumper on the HDD to "Slave" it was on "CS" not sure what that means, but I assumed it made the drive the Master drive.
Anyway, PC boots up fine, but HDD is not detected on bootup, but I can see it in device manager in Vista, but the drive is not showing up in explorer for me to explore through....
Any help is appreciated guys!!!!!

A:WD Caviar 80gb secondary IDE drive

nevermind guys, I managed to fix it shows up in windows vista now

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It's been a long time since I've done, but I've got to add an old hard drive to a system for forensic purposes. The drive is a Western Digital Caviar drive. The model number is AC313000-00RTT2. It is 13,020MB and the LBA is 25429824.

It is a WD313000 - can one of you math guys out there please tell me how to calculate the CHS of this drive?

Thanks soooo much!

A:C/H/S for Old Western Digital Caviar Drive

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I have installed this hard drive into an old pc, Run WDs utility on it to erase and check for probs - all ok. Partitioned & formatted it - ok.

But right from installation, the bios takes about 5 mins to recognise this disk.
I have also entered the disk data manually in the bios - same prob
If I use another disk it is detected straight away.

I've tried all the drive jumper settings

Any ideas of how I can speed up the detection for this disk would be appreciated

A:Solved: WD caviar 21000 Hard Drive 2.1 gig


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My WD Caviar (Model #136AA) now registers as a 1TB hard drive. This after installing Ubuntu 8 (though I don't know that that's necessarily the cause of the problem). I've now decided to use the hard drive for educational purposes, but I can't correctly partition and format the hard drive--even after a "low" level KillDisk wipe.

The Properties box lists it as: [garbled junk]

Basic question: What would cause an old hard drive like that to register 1TB, but also render it unusable?

Possibilities I've considered:

ESD - I can't remember ever having not taken precautions, but that doesn't exclude the possibility
Ubuntu 8 borked the drive - ???


A:Solved: WD Caviar 13GB is now a 1TB Hard Drive!

Any way at all we can get a screen cap, or picture of that 1TB drive?

Shows 1TB in all OS's, included the killdisk app you are using?

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Hello, I am experiencing a strange issue with my system (P51, WIndows 10, M.2 Boot Drive, BIOS ver 1.46).  My system had been up for the entire week and had been working fine.  Last night I shut it down normally and it powered off, no updates or anything as far as I could tell.  I came in this morning and now it shows the Lenovo splash screen and then shows a black screen while the disk light stays on permanently.  This happens every time. I ran the Lenovo EFI diagnostics on my secondary drive (drive D, hard drive), motherboard, and memory.  All of these tests pass.  When I try to run diagnostics on my boot drive, it fails instantly.  Is this a BIOS issue?  Did my M.2 boot drive actually fail?  It is from the factory and this system is just over 1 year old.  Any help would greatly be appreciated.

A:P51 Windows 10 - Black Screen on Boot, Boot Drive Fails Diagnostics Check?

Alright,  I definitely think this is some strange BIOS magiks.  After exiting the EFI tools and letting the system reboot that way, it boots fine.  Several subsequent power cycles have gone normally. Note that before, manually powering down at the black screen did nothing, the system just booted back to the black screen.  It seems that simply opening the EFI tools menu and then rebooting clears this issue.  I have noticed this same phenomena when performing BIOS updates in the past.  In that scenario, the modern BSOD would appear instead of the black screen and the system would manually reboot after approximately 2-3 minutes.  The only fix was the same: open the EFI tools menu, then exit and let the system reboot. Has anyone had a similar experience?  Does anyone have a suggestion for this?  My system is working again, but this kind of thing should not be happening...

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Somehow I have created shortcuts to files on my Seagate hard drive, these are files that are already in the library

i am running XP


A:Solved: Seagate Black 500

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