WD Blue 1TB SATA Hard Drive Review

wd blue 1tb sata hard drive review

PROS:

  • Solid performance
  • It’s made to take plenty of use
  • Standard warranty

CONS:

  • While it’s a good hard drive it doesn’t stand out from its competitors
  • No outstanding features

First, there was IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), then there was SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment). Technology is always advancing and currently, we’re wading through our to-do list of reviews for SSDs and PCIes, which should give you some perspective of this particular hard drive.

When deciding on a hard drive for data storage there are three things to look for:

  • Capacity – how much
  • Speed – how fast
  • Access – from where

Capacity

Capacity refers to the amount of space you need for your data, which includes document, emails, photos, music, apps, video games, and everything else currently on your computer. The larger your files, the more storage space you’ll need.

Speed

Speed refers to the internal speed of the hard drive as well as the speed of the connection between your computer and the drive. This will affect how quickly you can save, load and transfer files.

Access

Access refers to where your files will be stored on your mobile device or desktop. Do other people need access to some of, or all of the files? Are there files that need to move between different computers? Do you want to be able to access music or images remotely?

About Western Digital

Western Digital (WD) pretty much set the standard for hard drives and has been around since 1970. Chances are if you’ve had any dealings with hard disks and drives you would have used a WD Blue or Green, or at the very least, you would have heard of it.

The brand isn’t known for its cutting edge-hardware, after all, we’re talking old-school here, but it’s definitely one of the most reliable and sensible. In the past, WD hard drives were also among the most affordable, but that has changed recently, which is maybe why the WD Blue 1TB SATA hard drive gets a fair to mild, not fantastic, review from us.

 

WD Blue 1TB SATA Hard Drive

The WD Blue 1TB SATA Hard Drive is a bit of a tough one: while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, there’s nothing particularly extraordinary about it either. It’s safe, reliable and you know what you’re getting, like when you order a vanilla milkshake.

Another way of describing the WD Blue 1TB SATA Hard Drive, according to one of our female panel members, is like being on Tinder Premium, where you’ve swiped left, but haven’t seen anything else you like more, so you ‘rewind’ to give it another chance. In other words, it’s not ‘Mr. (Right) Hard Drive’ but it’s ‘Mr. Hard Drive for (right) now’.

 

SATA Compatibility

The WD Blue 1TB SATA hard drive has been made to deliver on three things: reliability, affordability and sufficient speed. It has SATA compatibility, which offers enough bandwidth for general use, but it’s not going to compete with the new kid on the block, the PCIe or PCI Express drives.  The WD Blue 1TB is available for desktops and mobile devices, which are 3.5 inches and 2.5 inches respectively and have three storage capacities; 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.

Western Digital offers hard drives in different color categories:

  • Blue – solid and reliable performance for your day-to-day usage
  • Green – secondary storage for people who need additional space for their data
  • Black – the black range is for gamers, creatives and people want the very best in storage solutions

 

Speed limits

If you use hard drives for storage you know that speed is key when measuring its performance. Given that most hard drives look the same, there are usually three ways to determine which you prefer; access, capacity, and speed, with speed and capacity being the most important.

As far as this particular WD Blue hard drive goes, the speed is limited by the SATA connection, which means it’s probably more suited to an individual or small home office set-up, rather than multiple users needing fast connectivity and large storage. That it’s 1TB of storage is a definite advantage, especially within this price range.

 

Overview

The WD 1TB SATA hard drive is a decent data storage solution and will serve you well. It comes with a two-year warranty and is PC and MAC compliant, although there might be some formatting needed when it comes to a MAC.

This is a safe purchase, where you pretty much know what you’re getting in terms of speed, reliability and storage space and at its current price we think it’s a good buy.

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