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WD - Mainstream 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

This WD Mainstream internal Serial ATA hard drive is designed for use with desktops and features data transfer rates up to 6 Gbps for fast performance. The 1TB capacity offers ample space for storing music, movies and more.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • WD Mainstream 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops
    • Mounting screws, Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3398 out of 3482)

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    Features


    1TB storage capacity

    Provides plenty of space for your music, movies, photos and other files.

    Serial ATA interface

    For connecting to your computer.

    Data transfer rates up to 6 Gbps

    Ensure a quick response when updating files.

    64MB cache buffer

    Offers rapid processing speed.

    7200 rpm speed

    Delivers fast performance.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3482 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great and Affordable Hard Drive

      Posted
      Cogator
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The low cost of the WD 1 TB internal drive is excellent, the installation is quick and easy and it works perfectly. I have been using it for over a month now with no problems. It comes with all of the installation screws to install inside the computer (I have a desktop) but you will have to purchase the power cable and the cable to connect to the motherboard ($5-$20). I installed this drive in my wife's 5 year old HP desktop and it fit perfectly and it runs perfectly. It is super fast, and meets all of the needs of ordinary daily computing including word processing, email, net surfing and research all at the same time with no strain on the drive. I did not replace anything else in the computer. I did not need any other startup software from the manufacturer to get it started either. It worked right out of the box. While a lot of computer experts are hung up on technical details and each and every specification; most non-tech people just want their computer to work again or store more data for them. This drive will accomplish both of those objectives. It is fast at 7,700 rpm, fast enough for the average person's usage. It is also very quiet, how quiet does it have to be? It is certainly as quiet as the drive that came with the computer originally. The only bewares are that you have to be a little savvy to understand that you already have, or have access to, startup programs installed on your computer and that the computer is set to make the drive startup and function properly. Also, you have be able to plug the drive into the correct slot on the motherboard and know that there may be other programs your specific computer might need that could be necessary for the computer to recognize and utilize the drive you are installing. All of these items are not usually mentioned in most articles on installing drives but these are usually the issues that come up as problems in installing new or additional drives. I am certainly no expert, but I can usually research enough to solve most problems. Not everyone has the time or resources to be able to do this. I would recommend that anyone undertaking a replacement or addition of a hard drive to do their research first. That being said, this is an excellent choice for your replacement or additional hard drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast hard drive

      Posted
      GaryE90000
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is a fast hard drive considering its not solid state. I ran some bench mark test using a popular program. Here are the results. Note in parenthesis is the speed of a 2+ year old PNY solid state drive. Minimium speed: 53 MB/s (110.2 MB/s PNY SSD drive) Maximum speed: 180.6 MB/s (160.2 MB/s PNY SSD drive) Average Speed: 138.1 MB/s (145.4 MB/s PNY SSD drive) Access time: 17.4 ms (0.27 ms PNY SSD drive) Burst speed: 263,8 MB/s (129.1 MB/s PNY SSD drive) Conclusion; The 1TB rotating hard drives are very fast and competitive with SSD drives especially when dealing with huge video files like 5GB and 8GB files. SSD drive have such a fast access time they seem and feel faster and more responsive than rotating drives but let me tell you SSD drives do slow down big time after 2 years of service and you can see from my test results that the 2 year old SSD drive and WD rotating drive are close in speed. I have rotating hard drives that still work after 10 years of service. If you need absolute best reliability and good performance with huge video files go with a rotating hard drive like the 1TB WD hard drive. If you play games on your pc you will want a SSD drive. You will notice the SSD speed advantage during your computer boot-up but after that you bill hardly notice a difference when the SSD is a few years old. Of course each brand is different and the technology gets better and better all the time but so does the rotating drives. The advantage of the 1TB drive is it's a single platter drive, simple, reliable, fast.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Stay Away From This Drive

      Posted
      Norm

      I bought TWO of these drives from Best Buy deal of the day. I put each hard drive in a hard drive adaptor and neither one was recognized by the computer, tried the same thing with a different adaptor and the same result. Tried both adaptors with a spare hard drive that I knew was good and the computer recognized my spare drive. I took the cover off my year old Dell XPS 8900, removed the power cable and sata cable from an existing working secondary drive (power was off prior to doing this) and hooked up a new drive, started pc and it was NOT recognized. Repeated the process with the second drive and it also was NOT recognized. Hooked up my spare drive and it WAS recognized by the computer. Returned the drives to Best Buy, exchanged for 2 more, went home and repeated the processes above and BOTH those drives were NOT recognized! Returned to Best Buy and got a refund. Both drives in in my XPS are WD and so is my spare drive so not sure where quality control went with these drives. Must be a bad batch but I am done experimenting trying to find 2 that are not defective.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      drive detected by BIOS and able to install - whew

      Posted
      CHUD

      Got this drive as a replacement/exchange for a new Seagate 1TB HDD from Best Buy that was unable to be detected by my computer BIOS right out of the box (see review for the Seagate 1B HDD). This Western Digital drive was detected in the BIOS right away, with the model number, and I was able to install Windows 7 right away without problem. As mentioned in the "What's not so great" comment, I note the Western Digital body/case is built beefier like the hard drives of yesterday as opposed to the thinner Seagate body (which is easier to handle) but just maybe the beefier body helps heat to dissipate better (and augur better reliability down the road). Also might say from having gone to both manufacturer's websites, I'd give Seagate the nod in that respect for ease of use on the website, layout and tools, but in the end, am happy to have a working hard drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Failed in less than 6 months

      Posted
      BrianN
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This drive is fine as a general use drive. Do not expect the same performance as a Black Edition drive. I'm rating it at 2 stars due to the drive failure in less than 6 months. Given the number of positive reviews here and other sites and Western Digital's reputation for quality drives I have to assume I just got unlucky with this one. Disk Failure Details: I installed this drive in my system as an additional drive to hold media. After 6 months the the PC would lockup shortly after booting. I ran the Windows version of Western Digital's Data Lifeguard diagnostic tool and it was unable to complete the diagnostics on this drive. I ran the DOS based version off a bootable USB drive which also was unable to compete but it did return an error code of 0225 "Error count reached a threshold value. There are too many errors detected on this drive to be repaired. Replace the drive." Fortunately I dont have any critical data on this drive and it has a 2 year warranty. I have submitted an RMA with Western Digital. I'm hopefully the replacement drive will be more reliable.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As a long time Seagate customer I am pleased

      Posted
      Th3R3b0rn
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have been buying only Seagate products for a number of years. I work as a software engineer though and do Full stack web dev on the side. I had an issue come up where I need to get another hard drive and quickly. The client I was working with refused to shell out the cash that was necessary for a WD Red or Black which I suggested for the uses that had intended it for and they settled for the blue instead. With this being on a system that I regularly access I can say from experience that I am impressed with this drive. Out of the box it seemed pretty run of the mill but it boots up quick, does decent for file transfer, doesn't take to much time to read or write anything to it at all and I haven't heard it make a single sound. I might have to pick up a WD black for my next personal build and give it a shot. I would gladly recommend WD (maybe not over Seagate, but would recommend none the less).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Bad Drive after 1+ month

      Posted
      Anonomous
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I installed the WD Blue Desktop 1 TB drive due to a SMART prompt from Windows that the previous Seagate Barracuda 750 GB with a 2009-08-12 date code should be replaced. The Western Digital ran fine at first, but soon things were getting slower and slower. Check disk and WD Utilities eventually revealed that excessive number of bad sectors were cropping up. The WD drive was so corrupt I could not clone it, but had to rely on a backup. I'm still waiting for the WD replacement, but in the meantime I decided to go back to original brand (Seagate) that did provide many years of reliable service. Not sure if this was a fluke or a bad manufacturing run, but I don't have the time or energy to waste on either trusting if the replacement will work or dealing with the slow response from WD.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The usual great WD quality

      Posted
      bugg1
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      When ever I build a computer, I tend to use the same brands for each specific piece of hardware. For hard drives, I always use Western Digital. I have NEVER had a problem with their drives in general, and not with this drive specifically. I even still have a Dell that is 10+ years old with a WD drive and that computer is still in use and the hard drive is working great. I just put this 1TB in my last build, and it performs as expected and is quiet (I don't even here it while in use). I wish the price were a BIT cheaper, but that's not enough to deter me from buying it. It comes with a 2 year warranty to boot (ha, no pun intended). The WD black label drives are a little faster and come with a little longer warranty (and meant more for performance), and cost just a bit more, so if you are not gaming or need some sort of super lightning speed, this drive is great for general home or business use. I am about ready to build another computer for a friend, and will be buying this same drive for that one as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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