Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD2003FZEX

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Product Description

WD Black Desktop 2 TB Hard Drive – Next-generation desktop performance, designed to intensify your PC experience.

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
Product Features

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.

Efficient dual processing - When it comes to processing power, more is always better. WD Black features a dual core processor that offers twice the processing power to maximize drive performance. Adding additional value, WD's Dynamic Cache Technology increases performance by improving caching algorithms in real time and optimizing the cache allocation between reads and writes. This results in the drive automatically allocating more cache for read data, which reduces data congestion and increases overall performance.

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.

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 PC's, gaming PC's, game consoles, home media PCs.

Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for home and small office, 1 to 5 bay NAS systems and WD Datacenter hard drives for 6 bay and greater NAS systems.***

***WD hard drives are designed and tested for use in specific applications and environments. This ensures that your hard drive is compatible with and functions properly in your application. Our hard 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 hard 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.

Ideal for:
  • High-performance PC systems
  • Desktops
  • 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

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Description Solid performance
and reliability for everyday computing.
Cool, quiet operation
for efficient eco-conscious computing.
Maximum performance
for power computing.
The right drive for home
or small office NAS.
High-performance storage for power users.
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 small office and home office, 1-5 bay NAS systems. Performance enthusiast systems and workstations.
Capacity range 80 GB – 1 TB 320 GB – 3 TB 500 GB – 4 TB 1 TB – 3 TB 250 GB – 1 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
Form factor 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
Limited warranty 2-year 2-year 5-year 3-year 5-year
Highest capacity
Highest performance
Photo/video editing
Network Storage Systems


  • 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
  • 2 TB capacity holds up to 400,000 digital photos, 500,000 MP3 files, and 240 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.

Consumer Reviews

  1. 32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Video Review of Sound and Speed Test (170MB/s)! (Review Updated), December 6, 2013

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    Customer Video Review 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.

    Sound Test Results – I didn’t experience any abnormally loud sounds from the drive sitting right on my desk. You could hear it, but it was not any louder than the any other drives that I have used. When I get close to the hard drive with my phone, it gets a lot louder as you would expect, but I am essentially about 1 inch from the drive at that point. Once I put this drive into my computer case, I doubt I will hear it at all. In my opinion, while this drive isn’t silent, it is no louder than any other 7200 RPM drives that I have used, and the sound is more than acceptable for the extremely fast speeds.

    Overall, I am extremely impressed with this drive based on my initial tests. The speed is amazing and the sound is just fine. That, along with the 5 year warranty, makes this drive worth the extra money in my opinion for a primary drive that will get a lot of use. As with all hard drives, reliability and longevity is a concern, so I will update this review as I continue to use the drive.


    UPDATE (12/27/2013):
    So after Christmas, I finally got around to doing my system reconfiguration, which consisted of replacing my two factory installed Seagate 1TB hard drives with a Crucial M500 480GB SSD and this WD Black 2TB WD2003FZEX Hard Drive. Hardware installation was a snap. After I installed the drives and installed Windows 7 via an HP Recovery Disc, I copied all of my media and data to the WD Black drive and got really fast speeds and no problems when transferring well over a terabyte of data. I have an older HP Elite PC with an SATA 3GB/s interface, so I am not getting the fastest speeds, but a speed test of the WD Black Drive shows 137MB/s while installed internally. The previous test was via USB 3.0 which apparently has a faster throughput on my machine. Just to give you an idea of the speed increase that I am experiencing, my old factory installed Seagate drives had speed test results in the 80-90MB/s range, so I’m easily getting a 50-60% speed increase. On top of that, my Crucial SSD is showing 270MB/s speeds and 30 second Windows 7 reboots. Pretty amazing. In addition, the sound of the hard drive seems completely normal to me now that it is installed in my computer case. If you are interested in injecting some new life in an older Windows 7 PC, I highly recommend this combination of SSD and WD Black drives.

    One tip that took me about 3 hours and a lot of pain and suffering to figure out. If you use a factory recovery disc to install your operating system onto your new hard drive and after install, you can’t get Windows Update or Microsoft Security Essentials to work, you may need to update your hard drive controller driver like I did. I searched high and low to figure out how to fix this and even did a Windows 7 reinstall. There were a ton of people having the same problem and after several frustrating hours, I figured out that I needed to update my Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers. Five minutes later, everything is working perfectly. What a huge waste of time. So if you are having problems like I did, give that a try and hopefully save yourself some headaches.


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  2. Stephanie Sullivan
    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Next Generation WD Caviar Black drive, December 1, 2013
    Stephanie Sullivan (Boston, MA USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

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    I have used WD black and RE4 (now just RE) drives for many years. I’ve probably used more than 100 in my desktops and light use servers and that many again in client desktops/servers. My overall experience has been excellent and this drive, so far, is no exception.

    After a week with the WD2003FZEX my first impressions are below. I’ll update the review as I’ve lived with the drive for a while and share what I learn.

    I installed the WD2003FZEX 2TB WD Black drive into a Dell T7500 Precision Workstation. It is being used for data and is not the boot drive which is a Seagate 600 series SSD that is very fast but power hungry for a SSD: good for desktops, not as much for laptops/tablets.

    I tried both the built-in SATA2 and an add-in card with SATA3. In all cases Installation was painless and uneventful. The different interfaces did not yield dramatically different results.

    To get an handle on how this drive’s performance changes from the last version I ran some tests on this drive and a older Caviar Black 750 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 64MB – WD7502AAEX for comparison.

    In running casual tests (copying large files, directories of small files, etc.) I got some general impressions of the drive:

    1) In both large files and small file copies to/from the FZEX outperforms the older AAEX but mostly shines with small file/random access. I believe the improvement for small file/random access is close to 10%. Some of this might be the dual processor and improved caching over older versions.

    2) it’s more noisy than previous versions as has been noted in other reviews. It seems that is a fairly consistent pattern for rotating media drives: faster=noisier.

    3) The drive runs slightly warm – meaning comfortably warm to the touch. Good for longevity and unusual for a performance drive.

    The WD Black line of drives comes with a 5 year warranty. I have had few failues with WD drives but when they have happened I have never had a problem with warranty. This has not been so true with other manufacturers (You can read about this in my review of the Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Drive). With a business where I run a lot of hard drives this matters. Warranty is nothing until you need it, then it’s everything.

    The FZEX is a consistent step in the long evolution and ongoing improvement of the WD Black line drives. For consistent quality I have to give this drive 5 stars.

    Hope this paints a helpful picture of what the drive delivers.

    Update: Dec 27, 2013

    After living with the 2TB black drive for a while it seems more quiet than at first. This might be the drive, but I think more likely me just getting used to it. So far no issues or glitches. It is operating perfectly and still feels faster than my older WD Black line drives. I’m still quite satisfied.

    Another option from WD that is a little unusual and works in laptops and may also be good for compact desktops or all-in-one’s is the Black2 Dual Drive 2.5″ 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD. This provides an OS sized 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD in one laptop sized package. This is different from hybrid drives. It uses one 2.5″ format package to implement the popular desktop combo of a SSD for the OS and a conventional drive for bulk data. It’s on the expensive side but is a good solution for a combination of speed and bulk data. I installed this for a client who does video editing on a laptop.


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  3. 21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Very fast, but very loud., November 26, 2013
    D. Hentze (United States) –
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    The Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive “Black” is a massive storage device, and is Western Digital’s top of the line hard disk drive. The is a “bare bones” drive, so no other hardware or packaging is included. If you’re not replacing an existing hard drive, you’re going to need a SATA III Cable, 4 mounting screws, an empty bay in your case, and an available power connection.

    Out of the box, it only took me a few minutes to install the drive in my Dell XPS 8700. My original plan was to replace my system’s current Seagate 1TB HDD with the new, larger, Western Digital Drive. After installing the new drive, I enabled it in Windows 8.1, and used a program called “Macrium Reflect” to make an identical clone of my old drive. The process worked perfectly, so I removed the old drive and prepared to use my system with the new drive. This is when I noticed just how loud the new Western Digital Drive really is. The only way to describe it is that when under heavy load, it is the loudest mechanical hard disk drive I’ve ever heard. My old Seagate drive is virtually silent. The new drive is so loud, I hear it over the television on in the room. I tried hard to get used to it, but after working on my system for a few hours, I couldn’t take it anymore. I replaced my old drive, and I’m only going to use the Western Digital Drive for storage and backup.

    It’s not all bad with Western Digital’s 2TB “Black” drive though. It is a very well built drive, and noticeably heavier than my old drive. I ran some benchmarks and it is also faster than my old HDD despite the old HDD having the same exact specs other than 1/2 the storage. The Western Digital Drive’s access time was around 12ms, while the Seagate’s time was 16ms. The Western Digital’s speed was also about 5% faster in testing with “HD Tune”.

    The Western Digital 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive “Black” is a mixed bag. It’s way too noisy for me to use it my home computer as the main HDD. There is just no blocking out the noise it makes when it’s under heavy load. With that being said, it is also very fast and built like a tank. While I can’t recommend using it in a home computer as the main drive, it might be of better use in a server system, or an office computer where the noise might not be as big an issue. It’s also doing a fine job for me as backup and storage drive.


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