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WD Black2 Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit (WD1001X06XDTL) (Old Model)

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  • Revolutionary dual drive with 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD
  • World's first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution
  • Fully accessible SSD for the operating system, generous capacity hard drive for personal data and large files
  • Dual drives extend the life of MLC NAND and maintain optimum SSD performance
  • You control where your data resides with no need for large cloud storage or expensive third party storage plans
  • Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty
  • Built for laptops, all-in-one PCs, gaming PCs, mobile workstations, small form factor PCs, high-performance laptops
  • WD Black2 Dual Drive ships as a full kit with a web key, quick install guide, USB to SATA transfer cable, warranty card. Software download and internet connection are required for installation.
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Product Description

WD Black² Dual Drive (120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) – The must have solution for your single-bay PC.

Introducing the WD Black² dual drive, the world's first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution. WD Black² is the fusion of a fully accessible solid-state drive for your operating system and a generous capacity hard drive for personal data and large files.

The power of two.
WD has redefined the PC with the next big thing in ultra-fast performance storage. Introducing WD Black², the world's first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution. The WD Black² dual drive is a completely new approach in a compromised solid-state and hybrid storage market. Finally you can have the speed of an SSD that you want and the capacity of a hard drive that you need in your notebook or all-in-one PC.

Inspired by you.
Your requests to make the notebook and all-in-one PC experience better, faster and more dynamic have been heard. We took the challenge and made it our mission to design a storage solution that delivers the ultimate experience. The WD Black² dual drive solves your storage limitations and adds true high-performance SSD speed to your PC. The WD Black² dual drive is the drive you were waiting for, inspired by and created specifically for enthusiasts like you.

Professional performance.
WD Black² is built by fusing two world-class storage devices together into one dual drive to create the ultimate experience for notebooks and all-in-one PCs. Boot up faster to your operating system with the speed of SSD at your fingertips. WD Black² features innovative 20nm NAND flash with remarkable power efficiency that is poised to redefine what is possible in the storage industry.

WD Black²

Shift_Technology - WD Black² Shift_Technology is race-ready from the starting line with enhanced firmware and improved algorithms for faster performance and data management.

WD Black² Shift_Technology allows you to migrate larger data files to the hard drive and provides your SSD with less system drag, which increases the overall endurance and mileage of the SSD. With less caching involved, there's less time waiting and more time enjoying the things you love to do most.

Shift_Technology Features include:

  • 20nm architecture with quad channel NAND processing for increased speed and performance
  • WD customized controller built for increased efficiency of data management per cell resulting in less drag on your PC
  • Improved drive integrity with 8 GB of space for provisioning to help protect and improve SSD reliability

Reduce SSD wear and tear - SSD performance can degrade when total capacities are reached or after a finite number of writes have been reached, which is a major concern for SSD users. We built our dual drive solution to curb these problems. With our WD Black², you can move your larger data or write-intensive applications onto the 1 TB hard drive, ultimately extending the life of the SSD and maintaining optimal performance across the dual drive.

For the Creative Pro - Now you can load your OS, photo and video editing programs on the SSD and save all of your capacity-heavy RAW photo and video files to the 1 TB HDD. Keep it all local and readily available on your notebook or all-in-one PC without slowing system performance.

For the Gamer inside you - Turn your dual-purpose notebook or all-in-one PC into the high-performance gaming machine of your dreams. The dual drive's fully accessible SSD allows you to place your OS and favorite game software directly on the SSD which results in faster boot times and smoother game play while still having separate storage capacity available for your work and personal files..

Finesse of perfection - WD Black² combines the shock and vibration resistance of SSD with the proven technology of the HDD for one truly agile and highly reliable dual drive storage solution. Advanced firmware and intelligent algorithms assist in heightened performance, resulting in cooler temperatures with nearly inaudible operation.

You take the control - With WD Black² the decision is yours. Safer than using an SSD as your only primary storage device, now you are enabled to save your data on the 1 TB hard drive, or split data between both. Take full control and manage the location of your personal data. We recommend viewing the installation videos to understand the best option for your upgrade, whether it be clean installation, cloning or data migration.

Software Download Required - WD Black² Dual Drive ships as a full kit with a web key, quick install guide, USB to SATA transfer cable, and warranty information. Software download and internet connection are required for installation. Please watch our how to install videos and choose whether you would like to perform a fresh installation or a cloning installation for your dual drive.

Kit contents:

  • WD Black² Dual Drive
  • Quick Install Guide
  • SATA to USB Cable (For software download)
  • USB Web Key (For software download)
  • Warranty Guide

System requirements:

  • WD Supplied software required. Installation of partition software required to enable hard disk drive.
  • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Mac operating systems not supported at this time
  • RAID configurations not supported

Ideal for:

Upgrades of notebooks and all-in-one computers by advanced users and system integrators. Users of video and photo editing, graphic design, games and other power computing applications will benefit the most.

Recommended use:

WD Black² dual drives are tested and recommended for use in notebooks, all-in-one PCs, thin client PCs, gaming PCs and other small form factor PC systems.*

*WD dual drives are designed and tested for use in specific applications and environments. This ensures that your dual drive is compatible with and functions properly in your application. Our dual drives are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship in the system for which they were designed. Use in systems other than for what the dual drive was designed could result in compatibility problems that affect proper function, unrelated to material and/or workmanship defects. For best results, be sure to select the appropriate product for your application by consulting our product spec sheets on our website at www.wd.com or by calling our customer support line where we would be happy to help you through the selection process.

Features at a glance

  • Revolutionary dual drive with 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD
  • Fully accessible SSD for the operating system, generous capacity hard drive for personal data and large files
  • Lower cost-per-gigabyte advantage over the solid-state competition
  • World's first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution
  • Easily create a backup of your SSD on the hard drive while on the go or use for massive storage
  • Dual drives extend the life of MLC NAND and maintain optimum SSD performance
  • You control where your data resides with no need for large cloud storage or expensive third party storage plans

WD Black²

Product Information

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 1 TB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Western Digital
Item model number WD1001X06XDTL
Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 3.94 x 2.75 x 0.37 inches
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA-600
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM

Technical Specification

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 352 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #552 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available November 25, 2013

Warranty & Support

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After reading a review stating the drive is "Disposable" and "Not ready for prime time", I felt I should clear some things up. There is nothing wrong with the drive. Mine is installed on my Lenovo Y510P and running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 like a champ.

HOWEVER, I did end up having to return my first one for another one due to what I would call poor documentation and/or software

The problem is that this drive isn't really 2 drives... as far as Windows is concerned. It's 1 drive with 2 types of memory. Windows doesn't distinguish the SSD memory as 1 drive and the mechanical as another drive.

This is why the drive ships with the mechanical 1TB essentially "turned off". This allows you to install Windows on the SSD, or clone your current OS to the SSD, then once Windows is installed you can run the WD software to "turn on" the mechanical 1TB.

The thing that needs to be fixed is that there should be some kind of BIG POP UP WARNING when you run the WD software to get the 1TB up and running. The warning should read "WARNING: BEFORE DOING A RE-INSTALL OF WINDOWS BE SURE TO RUN THIS SOFTWARE AGAIN TO UNINSTALL AND RETURN DRIVE TO FACTORY STATE!!!". Or something along those lines.

I was not aware of this... So, this is what happened.

1. Physically installed drive.
2. Installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from USB stick on SSD.
3. Ran WD software to make the 1TB mechanical active and drive D.
4. Found all updated drivers for my laptop.
5. Decided to do a final clean re-install of Windows.
6. Deleted all partitions during Windows installation.
7. After Windows was done installing again, I realized I had screwed myself and was now stuck with the drive forever seeing itself as a singular 1.12 TB drive.....
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The WD Black2 dual drive is an interesting take on mating a traditional rotating hard drive with a smallish SSD in a single 2.5 inch format non-hybrid configuration. This is a somewhat common solution in Desktops using separate drives which is not practical for most laptop computers.

Hybrid drives like the Seagate 1TB ST1000LM014 appear to be one drive to the system and place frequently used files on the SSD portion automagically. The SSD portion of these drives is usually quite small, but often pretty effective for most users.

The WD Black2 is not like a hybrid. It shows up as two hard drives: a 120GB SSD and a 1TB standard platter drive. Note that the 1TB hard drive does NOT show up until special WD drivers are installed/loaded. The 1TB drive is NOT visible to the BIOS.

The idea is to put your operating system and applications onto the SSD where everything will load quickly. Then the 1TB drive should be used for bulk data and potentially a lot of it - up to 1TB. This requires some discipline on the user's part as one must remember to use the "D" drive for their data and/or setup their windows account to put their "my documents", "videos", "music" and "pictures" on the larger drive. The WD site has some good videos that should help most people relocate these data folders from their usual location on the C: drive. If this is not done the smallish 120GB SSD can start filling up pretty quick. This is the kind of arrangement that will work well for only a subset of PC users.
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I just switched from another hybrid drive, I believe a seagate model also 1tb. The big draw to this hard drive is the 120gb SSD vs my 4 or 8gb ssd. I have a late 2011 macbook pro 15" which has been holding up quiet well for its age.

-Price. I purchased for ~ $150 at the time of this review. For a 1tb drive alone it would be steep, but paired with a 120gb SSD, a steal in my humble opinion.
-Performance has been great so far (~1 week of use). I noticed faster boot times and general UI response, you mileage may vary.
-Option of Fusion drive or SSD + HDD via osx software.
-Comes with a very hand SATA -> USB adapter for duplicating your old drive.
-Looks like some sort of black ops hardware or something. Very cool case design (reversed PCB all black).

-Tricky install, I read some threads on an apple forum talking about how to install, I'll list my procedure below.
-I don't like that the 120gb SSD shows as the only drive out of the box, you need their software to reveal the 1tb platters / partition.

How I would've installed mine (2nd time around):
1. download the osx tool
2. physically install the drive
3. use their SATA -> USB Adapter plug in your old OS drive
4. boot mac holding down "Option" key (lets you choose a boot device), select your os drive
5. once in osx, run their utility, to create either a Fusion drive or SSD + HDD partitions. (Fusion drive described below) ** DO NOT initialize the drive when OSX boots and asks to initialize the drive, the WD software will initialize it for you properly.
6. create and boot a mavericks USB thumbdrive install. > boot it > use diskutil to "Restore" your old os drive to your new fusion drive.
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