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WD Blue 3TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD30EZRZ Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Jan 13 . Rating: 4 WD Blue 3TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD30EZRZ WD Blue PC Hard Drives. High Capacity, Proven Reliability. WD expands their award-winning desktop and mobile storage lineup with WD Blue PC hard drives. Extensively tested and built to WD’s high standards, WD Blue offers a […]

WD Blue 3TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD30EZRZ


WD Blue 3TB  Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch  - WD30EZRZ


WD Blue PC Hard Drives. High Capacity, Proven Reliability. WD expands their award-winning desktop and mobile storage lineup with WD Blue PC hard drives. Extensively tested and built to WD’s high standards, WD Blue offers a wide variety of capacities-ranging from 250 GB to the massive 6 TB-in both desktop and mobile models. Drive WD Blue with confidence-our colors never fade.

  • IntelliSeek: Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
  • Data LifeGuard: Advanced algorithms monitor your drive continuously so it stays in optimum health.
  • NoTouch Ramp Load Technology: Safely positions the recording head off the disk surface to protect your data.
  • 2-year manufacturer limited warranty
  • Package includes a hard drive only – no screws, cables, manuals included. Please purchase mounting hardware and cables separately if necessary.



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  • 868 of 959 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    WD Makes Great Drives, But Beware of Vine Reviews on This One, February 9, 2013
    By 
    Logical Paradox (NY, United States) –
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    It’s a bias, but I love Western Digital drives. I am an IT professional by trade, but I’m not sure that makes me any kind of authority on the subject. I don’t do reliability testing or bench-marking for a living. While all the data I’ve see tends to reinforce my existing bias, it is the nature of biases to be self-affirming. All I can offer, then, is my personal opinion and my professional recommendation, based on my own experiences.

    The truth is, that’s often all we IT people can provide: opinions, and sometimes shaky ones. We tend to form our opinions based on experiences when the truth about how good or bad a particular drive model or maker is, is really a matter of statistics. We instead reach conclusions based on anecdotal evidence and recommendations from friends or colleague, and it’s far too easy for a popular conception, a single run of good luck, or a single bad experience to cloud the statistical realty. We also tend to become brand loyal once we enter a place of comfort with a product line. But I’ve seen plenty of Western Digital drives die. I’ve seen plenty of ANY brand of hard drive die: Maxtor, Seagate, Samsung, you name it. I recommend that you take all consumer reviews for hard drives with a grain of salt and look online for professional reviews, benchmarks, and reliability data if you really want to know how a given drive rates. Anandtech, Tom’s Hardware, and PC Perspective are some good starting points.

    With all that in mind, my biases are not without reasons. I’ve been very pleased with every Western Digital drive I’ve owned over the last 13 years of my personal computing life. I originally became a fan because of the large capacities, large cache, and low seek times back when I was picking parts for my first computer that I bought myself–a Dell. Back then, Dell’s site had better data on their components available. It was easy to get a table that showed you all the specs of the various options and you could easily see where the best bang for your buck would be. The Western Digital drives were all much better performers than the other options Dell had at that time. Unlike some of my other old loyalties (like the one I had for Linksys products, for example), I’ve continued to be impressed by Western Digital products. I have a 1 TB Black drive as my main data drive in my current box.

    The reasons I like Western Digital are not just due to the hardware itself, though. Their support has been good compared to others I’ve had to contact in the past. I have also yet to have had a problem getting WD to honor a warranty replacement, unlike some truly awful experiences I’ve had with other brands (again, bias!). Western Digital also has some pretty good free tools (Data Lifeguard) for diagnostics, data destruction, and data migration. This is important if you ever suspect the drive could be failing and want to vet it. I’ve been less impressed by the software WD includes with their external backup drives, so when I was looking for a backup drive I thought it would be better and cheaper to just get a bare internal drive and use it in my docking station for backing up.

    This particular drive is just what I was looking for. The Black drives are the higher end, higher performing drives, but I’m only using this as a backup disk, so the Blue specs more than meet my needs. That said, this model is the WD10EZEX, which has a 64 MB cache as opposed to the almost WD10EALX 1TB Blue drive, which is almost the same except that it only has 32MB of cache. So, I would definitely go with this one. With the 64 MB cache, the WD10EZEX 1 TB Blue drive specs are almost identical to the WD1002FAEX 1 TB Black drive I already own, which is supposed to be higher end and costs bit more. I have to say, I’m not convinced there’s much difference between Blue/Black drives, at least if you get the WD10EZEX with the 64 MB cache. The fact the costs are quite close makes me feel like the two lines have converged and overlapped.

    Out of curiosity, I did a quick test using HD Tach and was shocked by the results: the WD10EZEX Blue drive outperformed my WD1002FAEX black drive in some respects! Keep in mind that these are both 1 TB drives and both have 64 MB cache. After running a long bechmark test on both drives I was surprised to find that the average read speed was 148.5 MB/s for the Blue drive, but only 1.06.3 MB/s for my Black drive. At first I was worried something might be wrong with my Black drive, but I compared it to the benchmark I ran when I first got the drive and the results were the same. The Black drive does outperform the Blue drive in Random access times, however (12 ms compared to 19 ms), but the point is that this does make one question if the Black drives are worth the extra money over the WD10EZEX Blue drive.

    I also considered the Green drives, but I’ve read mixed reviews and the price is the same anyway. The Blue drives are like the Goldilocks…

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  • 97 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fast, quiet, solid, February 20, 2011
    By 
    Howard (NJ) –

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    My use for these drives is to replace a couple of aging five year old 80GB drives in Windows XP and XP Media Center machines. Those drives are still running fine, however, for the price, I had absolutely no reason not to upgrade them at this time.

    I came across this drive middle of last week and Amazon was selling it new for $29 – I was scratching my head thinking “what’s the deal” and “what’s wrong with these drives”? Sure, even though they were above $25, Amazon was still charging for the shipping – so I took two to bring the per drive shipping down slightly. The old 3Gb version of this drive was selling for over $40 – so again, scratching my head about this. Maybe it was a pricing mistake? Whatever – it was a great price.

    The drives arrived yesterday, same standard OEM packaging all of my six other WD drives have come in over the past 9 months. I used Clonezilla to clone the old drives on to the new, it went smoothly without any issues. I’m storing the old drives just in case these new ones have any issues I won’t have to rebuild the system drives from scratch.

    I know that the motherboards in my machines cannot make use of the 6Gb throughput, however, these drives are definitely faster than what they’re replacing – older WD drives which indicate they are 7200RPM and 3Gb. Specs on the older drives indicate performance shouldn’t be all that different, but it is, and for the better. I won’t question it.

    The drive indicates you can jumper pins 5 and 6 to limit it to 3Gb, but I didn’t understand the benefit of doing it, so I left it unjumpered and it’s working well.

    To summarize – these drives are fast, quiet, and so far are performing excellently. I’m very happy with them thus far.

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  • 35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Quality. Great all around drive., July 16, 2011
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    This hard drive is the best mid-range hard drives out there. We run a computer repair shop and THIS is the drive that we always use as a replacement in customers computers.

    For 500GB, you just can’t beat the price. In my 15 years of business I have seen a few hard drive companies come and go, rise and fall. Maxtor was the beast hard drive of all time (until Seagate bought and crushed them). Now, Western Digital holds the best drive, as Maxtor once did.

    If you are looking for a great all around basic hard drive, then this is for you. If you are looking for speed and performance such as needed with a “gaming rig” then choose Western Digital BLACK series.

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