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  • Next-generation desktop performance hard drive designed to intensify your PC experience.
  • Improved Architectural Designs, featuring a Dual Core Processor, High Resolution Controller, and StableTrac Technology
  • Improved Data Protection, with Vibration Control Technology, Corruption Protection Technology, and No Touch Ramp Load Technology
  • 1 TB capacity holds up to 200,000 digital photos, 250,000 MP3 files, and 120 hours of HD video.
  • Superior responsiveness with the next-generation speed that you need
  • 5 year limited warranty.
  • Package includes a hard drive only - no screws, cables, manuals included. Please purchase mounting hardware and cables separately if necessary.
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Technical Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB 7200 rpm Serial ATA-600
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Product Details

Capacity: 1 TB
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]| Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: WD1003FZEX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (629 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2013

Product Description

Capacity: 1 TB

Western Digital 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive (WD1003FZEX)

Next-generation desktop performance, designed to intensify your PC experience.

WD Black

For the Gamer…
Smarter than the average drive

Performance and workstation PCs equipped with high-end components often omit vibrations and acoustics that can reduce the precision and performance of your hard drive. Even the best chassis on the market cannot always compensate against this. The new generation of WD Black hard drives feature Vibration Control Technology (VCT) which allows the disks inside the drive to adapt to any mounting problems or vibration conditions that are inside your case, resulting in increased data accuracy, performance and reliability over time. Put simply, this means you can game harder, faster and longer.

For the Enthusiast…
Action meets stable traction

In addition to Vibration Control Technology (VCT), WD Black is also equipped with StableTrac Technology, which secures the motor shaft inside the drive at both ends to help reduce additional system-induced vibrations. StableTrac confidently stabilizes the platters inside, resulting in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations and delivers increased performance. (2 TB models and above)

For the Creative Pro…
High resolution for a high definition world

Underlying its athletic stance of performance and capacity, WD Black features a new High Resolution Controller (HRC) with an improved architectural design, resulting in increased data precision across the hard drive. This translates to superior responsiveness evolving your high definition world to the next level.

WD Black Desktop
Product Features

Inspiring performance and capacity
For the creators, the gamers and those that demand the best, we delivered the next generation of hard drives to enlarge your PC playground. The latest WD Black desktop hard drives offer enhanced features that maximize system performance, allowing you to spend more time doing what you love most and less time waiting. WD Black is designed to intensify your PC experience with generous capacity and incredible performance, pushing the boundaries of personalization.

Protecting your moments
The worst thing that can happen during a rendering process is losing data due to power fluctuation or power failure. The new generation of WD Black hard drives is equipped with Corruption Protection Technology (CPT), which helps to protect and limit the potential problem of data loss during power failure or power loss to the hard drive. Overall, Corruption Protection Technology can save you time and money on your project.

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 performance.

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.

The WD advantage
WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) prior to any product launch. On average, each new product goes through 600,000 hours of testing. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles. You can also call toll-free support 7 days per week in the U.S. and Canada. See the WD Support site for full details.

Upgrading your drive is easy
WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive.

Ideal for:
  • Desktops
  • High-performance workstations
  • All-In-One PCs
  • Gaming PCs
  • Gaming consoles
  • Home Media PCs

Features at a glance

  • Next-generation desktop performance hard drive designed to intensify your PC experience
  • Inspiring performance and up to 4 TB massive capacity
  • Improved Architectural Designs: Dual Core Processor, High Resolution Controller (HRC), StableTrac Technology
  • Improved Data Protection: Vibration Control Technology (VCT), Corruption Protection Technology (CPT), NoTouch Ramp Load Technology
  • Superior responsiveness with the next-generation speed that you need
WD Certified

WD-certified packaging
All WD drives purchased from Amazon.com are shipped in WD-certified hard drive packaging. It is designed and fully tested to provide WD products with the highest of safety while in transit. With WD-certified packaging, you can rest assured that your WD hard drive will arrive safely, fully protected, in a non-descript, easy-open package.

Recommended use
WD Black hard drives are tested and recommended for use in PCs, high-performance workstations, all-in-one PCs, gaming PCs, game consoles and home media PCs.*

*Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for personal/small/home office, 1-8 bay NAS systems and WD Red Pro hard drives for medium to large size business, 8-16 bay NAS systems.

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Comparison Chart

WD Blue

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WD Black

WD Red

WD Red Pro

WD Purple
Solid performance
and reliability for everyday computing.
Cool, quiet operation with massive capacity. Maximum performance
for power computing.
The right drive for personal, home
or small office NAS.
The right drive for medium or large business NAS. Built for personal, home office or small business surveillance systems using up to 32 cameras.
Ideal for Family and business computing. Desktop PCs, secondary storage and external drives. Photo and video editing, and maxed out gaming systems. Specifically designed and tested for personal, small and home office, 1-8 bay NAS. Designed and built for medium and large business, 8-16 bay NAS systems. Home / SOHO / SMB
Capacity range 80 GB – 1 TB 500 GB – 6 TB 500 GB – 4 TB 1 TB – 6 TB 2 TB – 4 TB 1 TB – 4 TB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
PATA 100 MB/s
SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Form factor 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch
Cache 8 MB – 64 MB 64 MB 32 MB – 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB
Highest capacity
Highest performance
Photo/video editing
Network Storage Systems
Video Surveillance

Customer Reviews

Works perfect & it was easy to install.
carlos oses
These drives seem to run smooth and noise level is quiet.
This Western Digital Black drive is one of the good ones.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

164 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Dre TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 6, 2013
Size Name: 2 TB Verified Purchase
Length: 1:09 Mins
I decided to replace my primary drive in my Windows 7 PC with a 500GB SSD. I had two 1TB factory hard drives currently in my machine and I was using the SSD as my C Drive. To go along with the SSD, I wanted to replace my old factory drives with a single 2TB drive so that I had equivalent space. I had recently purchased two Seagate 2TB Drives (ST2000DM001 - Fast 2 Platter Version) for external backups and media drives. They were fine, but I was looking for a more reliable drive for my internal drive that would get a lot more use. I decided on the WD Black 2TB and opted for the newest WD2003FZEX model. Upon reading several reviews, it seemed like the drive was fast and overall a good drive, but there was a question of how noisy the drive was. I decided to test out the drive in a USB 3.0 Docking Station to see how fast and how loud it was. Attached to this review is a video of my results.

In the video, I am running a speed test and recording the sound with my iPhone 5 to see how loud the drive is. During the speed test, which has sequential and random tests, I move the phone closer to the drive to be able to hear the sound better. At the end of the video, I show two CrystalDiskMark speed tests. The test on the left is of the Seagate 2TB Drive and the test on the right is of the WD Black 2TB Drive.

Speed Test Results - As you can see from the video, the speed of the WD Black Drive (test on the right) is pretty amazing with results of 170MB/s from a USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock using a 500MB test size. When compared to the cheaper Seagate Drive (test on the left with a respectable 148MB/s), the speed is significantly faster, so you really get what you pay for in this case.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By JR on May 23, 2014
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
This WD Black 1TB is used as my primary data drive. I use a Kingston SSD as my O.S. / application drive.
Win7 volume creation and format went without a hitch. The xfer of ~500GB data from my WD Red drive to this new WD Black drive went smoothly.
This new Black drive has much faster read speed than any other 7200rpm SATA drive I have used thus far. I also noticed that when I booted to win7 from it (I loaded a backup boot partition in case my SSD failed) the speed was impressive. No, not nearly as fast as my SSD but much faster than my backup WDSE and WDRed NAS drives which are also 7200RPM SATA3.
I've had Seagate 7200 RPM SATA3 drives which are not quite as nimble.

Alas, it was all too good to be true:(

My super speedy Black drive started clicking & chunking after appx. 2.5 mos.
Hey ... This happens sometimes with hard drives ... ok, no big deal, the
drive came with a 3yr. Wd warranty. This is where the fun started:

Went to WD website and spent appx. 1/2hr. in RMA process. Very easy.
Sent my RMA drive back via UPS label I printed from WD website (very convenient).

After appx. 7 days I checked the RMA status on the WD website. WHAT???
The model# I sent them does not match the model# they are sending me. I looked up the model# they were sending me and it was the slower / cheaper Blue hdd with only 1yr warranty.

I called WD to confirm. They answered the call after a few min of going thru the phone tree. The person I spoke to was very polite and spoke with no language accent issues. He said they didn't have any Black drives to send so they sent the Blue.
I tactfully let him know this was not acceptable and requested a WD Red or SE drive as a replacement.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By AGamer on December 24, 2013
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
Updated 02.24.14:

Take this with a grain of salt. There are reasons to speculate that the WD1003FZEX is just a WD10EZEX Blue drive re-bagged as a Black drive (check the links posted in the comments section below).

Whether or not that results to be true, I cannot recommend this drive for the mediocre access times WD decided to implement. And shame on them if this is just a Blue drive with a Black label.

I got tired of dealing with their support which always redirected me to other departments avoiding a simple question that only required a simple answer.

The specific model is: WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0. I don't know if the other variants are the same, but now you know which to avoid.

Original review:

This drive delivers on its transfer rate performance, averaging about 143MB/s for read tests.

Where this drive falls short is in its access time. Averaging 16ms makes you wonder if something is wrong with this unit. The WD Blue drive even performs better in that regard. So for a Black drive, being advertised as a "performance drive", the access times are mediocre.

This could be because the drive is using only one 1TB platter, but I'm not sure. You'll also like to know that this drive is quiet, extremely quiet, especially if we compare it to its older brother the WD1002FAEX.
This makes me wonder if WD just decided to sacrifice performance for less noise. Anyway, if that's the case they went a little too far, and there's no AAM support on these drives, so you can't modify that value in hopes to get more performance for worse noise.
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