Tuesday, August 18th 2015

Western Digital Announces WD Black 6 TB Hard Drive

WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in hard drives, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Black line of performance hard drives up to 6 TB capacity. Shipping now, the 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive is the perfect solution for gamers and professionals in need of high-performance desktop systems and workstations.

WD Black hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 128 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive. The WD Black 6TB is up to 29% faster than the previous WD Black 4TB version in maximum data rate throughput and 10% faster in PCMark Vantage.
"Combining maximum system performance with generous capacity, the expansion of WD Black to 6 TB allows gamers, enthusiasts and creatives to push the boundaries of personalization without compromise," said Cindi Grace, senior vice president of WD storage technology group. "In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease."

WD Black 6 TB hard drives feature the following:
  • Increased Reliability -StableTrac Technology (2 TB and larger models) secures the motor shaft inside of the hard drive to increase reliability and help reduce impact due to system-induced vibrations from other components. By stabilizing the platters inside, the WD Black drive results in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations, optimizing performance and reliability.
  • Increased DRAM cache - The Dynamic Cache Technology improves caching algorithms in real time to allocate and optimize cache between reads and writes. This movement of cache for read data helps to reduce congestion and increase overall performance.
  • Efficient dual processing - A dual-core processor offers twice the processing capability as a single-core processor to maximize drive performance for faster read and write speeds.
  • Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty - Compared to standard hard drives, the WD Black drive endures more strenuous and aggressive internal testing over a longer period of time, resulting in it being backed by an industry leading 5-year limited warranty.
Price and Availability
Available now through select distributors and resellers, WD Black drive is covered by a five-year limited warranty. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD Black 5 TB drive (model # WD5001FZWX) is $264.00 USD and the WD Black 6 TB drive (model # WD6001FZWX) is $294.00 USD.
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4 Comments on Western Digital Announces WD Black 6 TB Hard Drive

I don't understand WD at all.

They offer high end HDD's like Caviar Black / Velociraptor.
They offer crappy eco HDD drives.
They offer SSD drives which are jolly expensive and mostly aimed at enterprises.
They offer SSHD's that have tiny SSD cache paired with crappy eco HDD drive.

Why is there no SSHD that pairs larger SSD cache with Caviar Black mechanics? The 8GB cache they use is by far not enough for year 2015. I'm using external SSD hybrid system and it's using 32GB SSD which gets filled quickly with huge games resources. But I also have really fast normal HDD behind all that when it has to read data that isn't cached. I'd of course prefer to have all this in a single unit that doesn't depend on software layer which is annoying a bit (like when Sandisk's ReadyCache totally crapped itself on Win10 upgrade).
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are these drives still based on 1Tb/platter or wd has finally managed to increase capacity of the per platter? if so then it could be exciting announcement as hdds might be losing to ssds in terms of capacity in near future.
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I don't think it has 6 platters inside. It's most likely a 5 platter 1,2GB design they use in WD Red 6TB. But that was in 2014, so in 1 year I think they moved to 1,5GB per platter, 4 platters. I could be wrong though since not much else is known about these black models...
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About time. This would be far better news if it was 8TB.
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