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Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Review

Whazzup Dawfreaks, I’m back with a new review and this time we are going to have a look at the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB. Modern studio PC´s tends to use up allot of storage space, I my self always used 1 SSD for the OS and DAW applications and at least two 1TB HDD. The downside with having all these Hard drives is that they tend to make the PC a bit noisy, but with one 2TB disk we can get the same space and less noise.
Before I start I want to thank Western Digital for letting me do this review.



The Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB




specAs used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576
bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. Effective maximum SATA 6 Gb/s transfer rates calculated according to the Serial ATA specification published by the
SATA-IO organization as of the date of this specification sheet. Visit http://www.sata-io.org for details.












This information is from the Western Digital SpecSheet





Maximum performance
Sophisticated performance
enhancing features deliver
the speed you need for
demanding applications like
photo and video editing and
Internet gaming.

No compromises
High performance, high
capacity, high reliability, and
cutting-edge technology
make up WD Black, the ideal
drive for those who demand
only the best

Industry-leading warranty
WD Black carries the highest
available warranty protection
on the market, a 5-year
limited warranty.

Dual processor
Twice the processing power
to maximize performance.

Dynamic Cache
WD’s dynamic caching
algorithm improves
performance in real time by
optimizing cache allocation
between reads and writes.
For example, if there’s an
overwhelming percentage
of read traffic as opposed
to write traffic, the drive
automatically allocates
more cache for read data,
which reduces congestion
and improves overall drive

The motor shaft is secured
at both ends to reduce
system-induced vibration
and stabilize platters for
accurate tracking during read
and write operations which
enables consistently higher
(2 TB and 1.5 TB models only)

Rock-solid mechanical architecture
Enhanced reliability features
help protect the drive and the
data stored on it.

NoTouch™ Ramp Load technology
The recording head never
touches the disk media
ensuring significantly less
wear to the recording head
and media as well as better
drive protection in transit.

Tested for compatibility
We perform tests on hundreds
of systems and a multitude of
platforms in our FIT Lab™
give our customers confidence
that our drives will work in their


Installing the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB is as simple as any HDD!
I already had my system set to AHCI and the Intel rapid storage manager picked up the WD Caviar black and the system reported that I had 1.81TB useable formatted space.

Test system
Case: Fractal Design Define R3
CPU: I7 930
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58a-UD3 (rev 2.0)
Ram: 24 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
System hard drive: PLEXTOR PX-128MR SSD

When testing the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB  I wanted to find information that is close to real world performance as well as Benchmark tests.
I setup files and folders with Samples and projects so the WD Caviar Black is used as my sample / project disk normally looks in my system and  this means about 10% used storage.

To benchmark the Western Digital Caviar Black I used CrystalDiskMark, I ran tests of 4000MB, 500MB, 100 and 50MB. Each test was done with two Passes. to get a better view of the over all performance.

Understanding CrystalDiskMark

Test Types

All : All Test (Seq, 512K, 4K, 4K QD32)

Seq : Sequential Read/Write Test (Block Size = 1024KB)

512K : Random Read/Write Test (Block Size = 512KB)

4K : Random Read/Write Test (Block Size = 4KB)

4K QD32 : Random Read/Write Test (Block Size = 4KB, Queue Depth = 32) for NCQ&AHCI


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What can I say.. the WD Caviar black is fast!!  when working with a 50MB test size the sequential and 512K (Block Size = 512KB) Random Read is 261.3 and Write 196.7!!!
in the DAW world world larger files than 100mb is unusual so the 50MB and 100MB tests gives us the closest information to how the WD Caviar Black handles Samples and projects.
Sadly I could not make the same test on my old SpinPoint 1TB as it was giving me errors that showed that is was soon giving up.

Real world test
To se how the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB handles the load of samples I use Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 that has all the samples placed on the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB, To make sure that nothing is pre-loaded in the ram I rebooted the PC and start up Cubase and when I run the test project I time the loading until all 800MB of samples is loaded I did this test three times to get a average load time of 11second that is really fast compared to my Old SpinPoint that loaded the same project at 16seconds.


The Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB is over all a quiet mechanical HDD!
Compared to my old Samsung SpinPoint it is very quiet and during normal operation I cant hear it, But like most mechanical drives it can become noisy during heavy loads.
A important thing to remember here is that we normally use two 1TB hard drives, the noise generated both from the actual hard drives and from vibrations is a lot more noticeable from two drives than one so for me the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB made a huge difference.



To me 2TB is more then enough space to work with and I used to run a SSD system drive and two 1TB mechanical drives for Projects and samples. The Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB is a great hard drive and the speeds will make it a good OS drive and a great Storage drive.
now it does not have the SSD speeds but it is the fastest mechanical drive I have seen!

The price of mechanical drives has goon up and down the last year but at the writing moment you can grab it on newegg for $199.99 this is above normal price for 2TB HDD but I know the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB is worth it.


  • Great performance
  • A lot of space


  • A bit noisy on high loads
  • price is a bit on the high side.

The Verdict

“The Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB is a great hard drive and the
speeds will make it a good OS drive and a great Storage drive”


I would once again like to thank Western Digital for letting me do this review!

And to my readers…. THANK YOU!!

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