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    Default WD Black2

    Anyone here with any hands on experience? I'm really tempted to go with this to replace a quickly fading SSD in my laptop and was hoping to get some feedback from actual users. Setup is a little odd, but the concept seems perfect for my needs. Plus, I am really trying not to spend the cash on a 1TB SSD if I don't have to, and needing to transport an external if I go with a 512GB is the most convenient option.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    It'll be interesting to see what the response is....

    Personally, I wouldn't touch one of these with a 10 Foot Pole. The price isn't bad considering what you're getting, but to me they're kind of like one of those Wall Oven/Microwave Combo's you find in homes. If the $30 Microwave fails, you spend $300 getting it fixed, or replace the whole wall unit for $1200.

    Even more damning, the reviews I've read indicate that the SSD was Mediocre in Jan 2014. How would that compare to an MX100 or something today? I travel internationally a LOT, and I only put SSD's in my laptops for durability reasons. I carry a external drive (sometimes SSD & sometimes 2.5" HD) for Movies etc... I know what you're getting at though. Dragging that extra piece around (especially if you have a nice thin Ultrabook) is just a pain in the butt.

    Again, it'll be interesting to hear if anyone here has any hands on time with these.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    Yeah, the fact that the drives can't operate independantly is a bit scary. I'm only entertaining it because I have the chance to grab one for $99. I'm using an SF2281 drive right now, so that mediocre performance won't be anything new for me.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    Don't have any personal experience with it, but a friend of mine did and he hated the drive. Performance was decent from what he told me, but nothing near as good as a standard SSD. His failed after a few months of use. If I remember, these had a high DOA and fail rate when they were released.

    Not sure if they have fixed that issue.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    Its a crap shoot as Kenny mentioned they work OK but like he said have a high failure rate I would stay away from that drive.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    The failure rate is a far bigger concern than the speed. Looks like I am just going to have to bite the bullet and spend the money on the larger SSD.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    Yea, if you are concerned with failure rate, I would def. skip this drive.
    I am not sure the reliability on this drive.

    I just purchased a 512GB Crucial SSD on TD for $175 a few weeks back when it was on sale. best price per GB for a solid SSD.
    I am planning on dropping this drive into my Samsung ultra book to replace the 300GB Intel SSD that is filling up as we speak.

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Yea, if you are concerned with failure rate, I would def. skip this drive.
    I am not sure the reliability on this drive.

    I just purchased a 512GB Crucial SSD on TD for $175 a few weeks back when it was on sale. best price per GB for a solid SSD.
    I am planning on dropping this drive into my Samsung ultra book to replace the 300GB Intel SSD that is filling up as we speak.
    I was looking at that drive. I need to really dig into exactly how much of the data on my external I actually need with me all the time, and how much can stay on the external to travel only when necessary. If I am going to need to keep carrying the external around with a 512, I can simply throw in another 240GB since I have a couple on hand. I was just looking for a cost effective way to get the external out of my daily life. Worst case I spend the money and do the 100BX 1TB, or the Sandisk Ultra II/Mushkin Reactor/Patriot Ignite. It was just hard not to look at the WD at $99, and putting the mechanical drive back in is not an option my sanity would allow.

    Thanks for the input, all!

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    Default Re: WD Black2

    That was a great price on that Crucial Drive. Right now, the 500GB MX is the same price as that BX @189. I think you'd want the MX over the BX if you can find it. Having said that, I don't think the MX is available in 1TB although the BX is with a nice buy in of $385. That's not bad really $.039/GB.

    Choose Storage - PCPartPicker

    Side Note: I think you reached Computer Geek Critical Mass on this thread. That's one heck of a lot of agreement for one thread.

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