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    Western Digital's 4 TB WD4001FAEX Review: Back In Black

    Western Digital has a new 4 TB flagship. Its WD4001FAEX is part of the companyís Black family of performance-oriented drives. Spinning at 7,200 RPM, it might seem at home in a high-end desktop, but our numbers suggest it might fare better in a server.

    Western Digital recently added a new model to its Black family of performance-oriented hard drives. The new disk, technically referred to as WD4001FAEX, sports 4 TB of space. It spins at 7,200 RPM, employs a 6 Gb/s SATA interface, and includes 64 MB of cache.

    Although the company won't divulge how many platters this behemoth uses to hit its capacity ceiling, our benchmark/power data suggests the magic number is five. You canít tell by simply looking at it; the drive is 26.1 mm-thick, just like many other 3 and 4 TB repositories...


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    That silly little 0.7 mm (0.027559 inches) thicker than the standard 25.4 mm may cause problems in some setups.

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    I didn't even think about that.
    I was more concerned about the ho-hum performance since it's from their Caviar Black series.
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    The WD may be 5% slower but, it's 15% cheaper with a 67% longer warranty.

    WD Black WD4001FAEX (4 TB, 7200 RPM) - THW Score 437.2 - 5 years limited warranty - $329.99

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 (4 TB, 7200 RPM) - THW Score - 460.6 - 3 years limited warranty - $387.85
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