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WD - Mainstream 3TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 599 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a hard drive what more can be said?

    Posted
    SpeeDj
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    I wish that Best Buy would actually label these Western Digitals with their actual product color IE: WD Black: Fastest of the bunch, built for performance WD Blue: Middle of the road in terms of speed and performance WD Green: Energy saver+ slowest in seek times and performance WD Red: Built for NAS use only so not applicable here This drive is the WD Green which I had no way of knowing until I got the product home and unboxed it. I would also like Best Buy to become more competitive on pricing, not labeling what this drive truly is doesn't allow the consumer to actually see if they are getting a value or paying the same price for what a different series drive would go for elsewhere. I understand the convenience factor of being able to walk into a store and pick the product up off the shelf but there are a lot of eTailers out there that offer next day delivery for practically the price of tax of the item so that's not really a selling point. All in all, the drive works as intended I just feel at the price that I paid it should've at least been a Blue series drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Could not pass up for the price

    Posted
    JustMe
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    I was really looking to purchase a larger drive when one of mine died, but they had this drive for $79 and I just could not pass it up (actually went back and got 2 more). But, this is a standard Western Digital drive. As with all new hard drives, the quality has been really bad the past few years. I have drives that have been running over 10 years still going strong, and every drive I have purchased in the past 2 have already that died. I expect this drive to last about 2 years (until right after the warranty period is over) and die a painful death. But, this is probably one of the best drives out there at the moment.. Sadly, Best Buy has decreased the store stock where they have less than a fourth of the drives they had just 2 years ago, only Western Digital in bare drives. Nothing Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, etc... Looks like I will have to start shopping elsewhere since Best Buy is looking like they are closing up their retail stores. I couldn't even find a phone case to fit my phone there and had to get one at Wally World.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor Sata Port Construction

    Posted
    polkadot14

    After using the drive for a couple of months, it delivered as expected. I was using it for a Windows 7 build and it performed just fine with the exception that my motherboard can't see any bigger than a 2 tb partition which I wasn't aware of till I configured it. Overall it was a solid drive and I could access all 3Tb across two separate partitions. The reason for the poor rating is that after doing a slight reconfiguration of my SATA devices, the plastic tab in the SATA port broke off in the cable. By gingerly re-seating all of the pins I can get the device to work and I plan to make sure it stays that way with some electrical tape, but honestly it shouldn't have broke in the first place. This is the first western digital desktop drive I've used in awhile, but based on this material defect I'm sticking with seagate from here on in and I'd advise others to do the same. When I called WD they said they'd assess it if I mailed it in, but their warranty does not cover physical damage, so don't expect a replacement. I suppose one person's physical damage is another persons material defect. All the same, I rather expected more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Home Server Rescue Kit

    Posted
    Kindasaurus
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    My Windows Home Server started taking an inordinate amount of time to do nightly backups, so I checked the drives. As I suspected, one of my two 1 TB content backup drives had become unstable after breaching Microsoft's 10 percent limit. Noting that I had filled the drive with just 4 backup clients, I decided to try a larger capacity drive, and settled on the 3 TB drive. Leery of WD in general, but this drive installed and formatted without issues. After adding the client backup folder to it, and incrementally returning my clients to the backup scheme, the system now conducts full client backups in 3 - 4 hours, and incrementals in just a few minutes. My only complaint: WHS won't back up drives bigger than 2 TB, but that's a WHS issue, not related to this drive. So far so good, over a month of reliable, quiet, speedy backups. We'll see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Drive - Easy to Install

    Posted
    Andii
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    Really great drive. I've had success with WD external drives before and when the boot sector on my current internal drive failed, I needed a replacement quickly from a brick and mortar store and not online. The drive has more than enough capacity for what I need. It installed easily and mounted into the case with no issue. I was able to install Windows 10 from a USB Boot and get it back up and running so I could recover the data from my original drive. I've definitely noticed a difference in performance between the old drive and this one, a symptom of the failure that I had simply attributed to it being an older, though upgraded, machine. Haven't had any BSODs or unexpected failures after over a month of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GOOD WITH 1 EXCEPTION ON W7

    Posted
    algrn
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    On w7 there is a maximum of 2TB that it can format ,but it will follow the command and format the drive anyhow. in your computers disc management you will see 1.81 TB [which is the useable space of 2TB] and in a gray unavailable section will be the other TB you can't use. Formatting again on W8.1 it formats the entire drive.Something else you should know is having a motherboard with 6GB per second transfer rate headers,if you use the old 3GB per second cables,you are only getting 3GB per second speed from the drive because that is it's maximum rate.You need the 6GB per second data cables to have the "bandwidth"that supports 6 GB rate.The cables look the same on the outside,but there is a huge difference inside.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great drive but info on box is misleading

    Posted
    demm1234
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    The drive works perfectly. The description on the box however implies that the drive comes with or provides a web site with free access to software that will migrate the software (including the OS) from an existing drive to the new drive and adjust for different capacities. There is free software to do some file copies but it will not migrate the OS from an existing drive to the new drive. You need to purchase the higher level product to do so. Also there is a limitation to the purchased software. If you are migrating a 1 terabyte drive to the new 3 terabyte drive the purchased software can only double the original capacity so you end up with 2 terabytes of usable capacity on a 3 terabyte drive

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally found real 7200 rpm

    Posted
    drlifesweety
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    This drive is a true 5 star. The fact that my first pick ended up being 5400 rpm was a real bummer and I dropped rating because of best buys misleading product description . I had already transfered my failing drive to the first one bought. From the very first boot if seemed sluggish so ran a utility that showed 5400 rpm. Wipped contents and returned to bb. Buyers beware not all hard drive product descriptions on best buy site shows rpm speed....if it does not show speed look elsewhere for speed. Don't assume a best buy 'desktop' hard drive description is 7200 rpm what you should always want which is what I did. Happy now but come on BB just post the facts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Western Digital always good

    Posted
    Teddy
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    Western Digital is always good. I got this one to expand the storage array in my home file server, this one added to the existing storage partition brings it up to 14tb, using a spanning partition. I've had perhaps 3 Western Digital drives fail in the last 20 years, since I got serious about fiddling around with computers. (I've used a lot of them) I've had probably had over a dozen or so of the others I've bought fail, usually from heat. For data storage I usually select a larger capacity and slower RPM, this generates less heat. The drives are still going deliver your data faster than your network connection anyway, especially if your home network is wireless, as most are now days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice drive, performance less than expected

    Posted
    DoctorDoLittle
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    This is a good drive. Got it a a good price. I have had good success with Western Digital drives and I expect I will with this also. A little noisy at times. What surprised me was that on large and small copies I was getting the same performance with this drive (around 120 mb a sec) that I got with a 3TB Western Digital green drive I also purchased. More capacity with the green drive and its quieter, so you might prefer it. The disadvantage of the green drive (vs the black) is the shorter warranty. Note both drives were running off of Sata III internal connections. Also note. WD has changed the names of the drives from black / green to something else I don't recall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HD is great

    Posted
    BBusertoo
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    HD was the easy part. In a Windows MBR environment, it can only address 2.2TB of the 3.0 TB. Users must have a motherboard with UEFI R2.0 capabilities. If the 3.0 TB HD is to be the system (C:) drive, then it is a total re-install with Win 7/8 so it can install the UEFI R2.0 boot manager. If the desktop had already been UEFI R2.0 compliant and the WD hard drive is only a data disk, then plug it in like any other time. There is now oodles of space for photos and image editing software now so purchase of a WD 3.0 TB and subsequent UEFI MoBo was necessary. I would recommend this drive to anyone however they must be aware of its requirements to make full use of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No SATA cable included!

    Posted
    Rigo
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    All retail drives should include a SATA cable. Yes they're cheap so it should be included. Especially since you're expecting it. Well anyways so far so good. It's only been installed on my sister's pc for a few weeks. Will update if it fails. It does not come with installation software which is needed in Windows 8 unless you want to use Windows 8 built in software which only allows you to create simple volumes. You need to download it from their site. A direct link would be helpful instead of having to do search around for it. So I used MiniTool Partition wizard instead. Very easy and simple to use. I only recommend this drive if you can get it for under $100 total.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of storage for the $$$

    Posted
    Doug1
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    I spent several hours on the install. My computer is older and there's a 3TB limit in the BIOS/Drivers (I have several 1 TB and 1.5TB drives installed). At first only 750GB of 3TB was recognized (Arghh). After a lot of google searching I found it was necessary to install Intel RST and use the WD Acronis install tool to enable all 3 TB. It works fine now. The Geek Squad wanted to charge me for support. I expect free support on a new product. Western Digital seems to monitor the reviews and offer help. Check out www.pcworld.com/article/235088/everything-you-need-to-know-about-3tb-hard-drives.html. It appears several people have had a similar problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for storage

    Posted
    NearBuy
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    One morning Windows reported that my storage drive was failing! I was in the middle of a project and, although my data was backed up, I decided I needed to replace the drive ASAP. I drove to Best Buy. A nice fellow helped me choose a drive and get back on my way. Formatting and file transfer went well and the drive is running fine. So the computer was up and running with the new drive in just a few hours vs. the next day. I was glad to have a Best Buy nearby. The drive isn't fast (5400 RPM isn't supposed to be) but it's cost-effective for storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent internal disc drive

    Posted
    Jerry
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    Western Digital lived up to its reputation with this particular model. 3TB is a good price point at $20/TB above a $40 base price. Incremental pricing is higher than $20/TB for larger capacity drives. I use it to store media files. These files are displayed on my large LCD TV via HDMI link to an android-based computer with an internal bay that accommodates this particular drive. Note that android would only recognize the drive after I formatted it on a Window's machine first. Instructions say that the drive must be formatted on either a Windows or Mac platform.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buy at your own risk

    Posted
    calicoupe12
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    Bought the drive because it was cheap for the amount of storage offered. I've had the drive for a couple months now and its already failing. Everything was fine at first, transferred over about 1.5TB of stuff just fine and this week when I was trying to add more I started getting I/O errors. Running WD's data lifeguard diagnostics indicates multiple bad sectors. Tried repairing them in windows and it seemed to work at first but I keep getting errors. This is my first "green" drive and it will be the last. Stick to black or blue or go Seagate.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install and use.

    Posted
    MovieFan
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    Easy to install and use. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars is because it does not include a SATA cable. I have plenty of extra cables, so it was no problem for me. However, if a casual user installed it, got home and didn't have a cable, they would have to run back to Best Buy to buy a cable. I guess the old days of including everything you need to install a piece of hardware are gone, at least for this product. Other than that, the hard drive is running as expected after a format with the supplied software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It works as adverised

    Posted
    Ronnie
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    Added to my Dell desktop to store those huge all computer backups that always seem to fill a hard drive in a month, no matter it's size. Simple install if you have the cables, and works fine. You will most likely need to buy a data cable to install it as it is not included and necessary. Had to make two trips to Best Buy, one for the hard drive and then again for the data cable, (about $11.00 for it). \ Only four stars due to the missing data cable and three stars to Best Buy computer clerk for not recommending I buy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool, quiet storage

    Posted
    Anodyne
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    Working great so far. Runs cool, very quiet, and lots of storage for the money. When you format this drive (in Windows 7 64-bit) you need to select GPT partitioning in order to access the full 3 TB as a single partition, otherwise you'll need to format it as two smaller partitions. With Window's standard MBR formatting, you can't access more than 2 TB per partition. Do a web search for more info! This drive is meant for storage, not as a boot drive. I would not recommend it for your primary drive but as a secondary storage drive it seems to work great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid, Reliable, Easy to set up drive

    Posted
    biels1
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    Installed in my Win7 X64 box in just a few minutes. Most of this was the time spent cloning my old drive to the new one. This worked without issue, and the new drive is working great. I used GPT formatting, and created an OS partition of about 900mb and a second larger storage partition. I was a bit concerned whether my old AMD motherboard (TA785 A2+) from 2009 would boot from a GPT drive, but no problems there. I have had great luck with my WD drives, and so far this one seems to be another great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend