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[Newegg] [HDD] WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive WD2003FZEX $129.99 PM ME $179.99 (After PM $124.99)

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Definitely a bit on the expensive side. But I stick to WD black for my secondary drives with sensitive data. All it takes is have one or two drives fail on you with data that you need to make it worth spending a bit more $ where it’s worth it.
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CensoredByRFD wrote: Definitely a bit on the expensive side. But I stick to WD black for my secondary drives with sensitive data. All it takes is have one or two drives fail on you with data that you need to make it worth spending a bit more $ where it’s worth it.
If worried about data reliability, wouldn't it make more sense to have 2x copies of the 2TB data with a mirror of either 2TB Seagate Barracuda or 2TB WD Blue since these drives are only $70each, 2 = $140 vs 2TB WD Black @ $124 ???

With the price of SSD's coming down, any mechanical HD 2TB and lower are set to fall ... 4TB will be the lowest size to make it worthwhile...
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frugal69 wrote: If worried about data reliability, wouldn't it make more sense to have 2x copies of the 2TB data with a mirror of either 2TB Seagate Barracuda or 2TB WD Blue since these drives are only $70each, 2 = $140 vs 2TB WD Black @ $124 ???

With the price of SSD's coming down, any mechanical HD 2TB and lower are set to fall ... 4TB will be the lowest size to make it worthwhile...
Yeah, I’m starting to get to that point since pretty much everything is so cheap. At least possibly in the future. Unfortunately my MOBO only has 4 SATA ports so it’s limiting my options a bit, as I already have 4 different HDDs for different types of data.
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IDK, 2020 and 2TB cost 100 more is just ridiculous price
the Brand, the "Black", The "Gaming" all contribute to no real value but jack the price to the kingdom Fxxking high.

SSD or NVME SSD is the way to go

There is no real difference between a normal 7200rpm 2TB than this GAMING!!! one,
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ChubChub wrote: You're pretty lucky to not have had a harddrive failure. I'm assuming you're either reasonably young, or haven't owned many drives (I am 41, and have owned easily 75 drives personally, which I've had 10-ish failures). The 2.1GB and smaller drives were WAYYY above 1% failure rate, across the board. And many of us got burned by the 500GB IBM Deskstar click of death, and 3TB Seagate random death, both of whose failure rate at my work were close to 25% over 3 years.
Yeah, the OP must be very young. I had probably a hair less drives than you, and I have more years (my first was a 20 MB, and my nickname dates from when a RAID 0 was the cheapest way to get faster storage), and I had my fair share of hard drive failures, to the point that I swore in my beard to only buy SSDs (with which I had more luck, only one failure out of probably 25 drives).

This WD Black has no value for anyone. For whoever thinks of it, get a 250 GB SSD for $50, make it a boot drive, and get the cheapest 2 TB HDD for $70. Put the applications you use most on the SSD and all user files on the HDD. Your computer will feel an order of magnitude faster than just using the WD Black, and you pay the same price. Backup your files in the cloud or on another drive (advice valid even if you get the WD Black).
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board123 wrote: I've never had a hard drive fail on me. Chances are, most people will never experience a hard drive failure. Given the average failure rate of hard drives is on the order of 1%,
I've had many HDDs fail on me over the years and I've owned far less than 100. I've had failures after 1 and 2 years, and of course at the 5 and 10 year marks.
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aandaleb wrote: I bought my 4TB from Costco for $165 around 8 years ago....
My point was to have something for the OP to compare to, to determine whether what is posted is a deal. If you're happy with your $165 8 years ago, I'm glad for you.
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CensoredByRFD wrote: Definitely a bit on the expensive side. But I stick to WD black for my secondary drives with sensitive data. All it takes is have one or two drives fail on you with data that you need to make it worth spending a bit more $ where it’s worth it.
A Black drive isn't really more reliable than any other drive you can get. Redundancy is the key when it comes to secure your data. Spend that money on external drives, NAS, or even cloud backup instead.
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board123 wrote: I'm neither of those, but I'm confident in saying that your experience with hard drives is not representative of "most people", or in line with hard drive reliability stats in general.
Unless they swap their drives out every year. I keep mine for about 6 to 8 years so failure rate is about 90% with fairly light use. Most of them are not catastrophic though/degrade slowly - unless it's a seagate. Those tend to just stop spinning all of a sudden. Another seagate (the famous 3TB from 2012) also failed miserably too.

EDIT: My WD elements from 2011 is really weird. It had a bunch of bad sectors/relocation events within two years. Did a surface test and noticed most of the issues were at the end of the drive. Partitioned that part off and used the drive as a 3rd backup copy.. Working great even right now in 2020. No change in pending/bad sector count.
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ChubChub wrote: You're pretty lucky to not have had a harddrive failure. I'm assuming you're either reasonably young, or haven't owned many drives (I am 41, and have owned easily 75 drives personally, which I've had 10-ish failures). The 2.1GB and smaller drives were WAYYY above 1% failure rate, across the board. And many of us got burned by the 500GB IBM Deskstar click of death, and 3TB Seagate random death, both of whose failure rate at my work were close to 25% over 3 years.
Teehee... 500GB Deathstar... try a 45GB Deathstar 75GXP. Had to RMA my drive like 3 times until they finally replaced it with a 120GXP.
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Similar price on Amazon for the last ... months? :) Speaking of WD, a haven't had a single WD failing on me. Seagate, on other hand ... :)
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