View Full Version : Are these identical drives?

08-03-09, 11:54 AM
Looks like it but the model # seems different.



08-03-09, 11:59 AM
I think they're the same. This site lists both manu. numbers for the same item..


08-03-09, 12:04 PM
Good drive, but the F1 is better.

08-03-09, 12:05 PM

08-03-09, 12:06 PM
Good drive, but the F1 is better.

I was just thinking the same, but the WD has good seek and read speeds. Still, I'd go for the F1, just 'cos this one I've have has been a good one.


Samsung SpinPoint F1 ;)

08-03-09, 12:13 PM
I've heard good things about the Black Editions and they sure seem like they'd be pretty speedy drives. Always been a WD fan. That said I just had a 400GB Caviar blow up on me yesterday that was only a few years old. Kinda pissed me off. Some files I couldn't recover. But I know better than to take one drive failure after 3 years and dismiss an entire company over it.

I like the 5 year warranty on the black edition.

08-03-09, 12:19 PM
Most good drives (F1, Barracuda, etc) come with 5 years warrentys now. Anyway, I've had 5 WD drives over the years, two of them RaptorX's, and all but one have either died or lost data. I won't be buying another.

08-03-09, 12:19 PM
Good drive indeed.

08-03-09, 12:22 PM
The spinpoints and the seagate barracudas have a 3 year not a 5. At least per newegg's site they do.

Never had a WD fail on me until yesterday. It pissed me off though let me tell you. :/

08-03-09, 12:28 PM
Yeah losing data sucks balls.

BTW, I was wrong on the F1 drive, it has 3 years warrenty, but my usual suppliers site is saying the Barracuda's have 5 years.

One thing I will say is the Samsung F1 drives are very quiet. I can't speak for the WD Black drives though.

08-03-09, 12:32 PM
some seagates have 5, but after the firmware issues, most of their drives dropped to 3 year warranty.

08-03-09, 12:32 PM
Well I've been hoarding a bunch of stuff for years now in the hope that BluRay burners and media would get cheap. What I want to do is buy this new drive, put everything I still have that needs to get saved on it, and then coast with it for a couple years.

I want the BluRay burners to get down to $60 or less before I buy one. I refuse to buy an optical drive for over $100 with a dog**** 1 year warranty. **** that.

BTW - I did the freezer trick here at work and guess what? That WD400 came back to life and I'm copying files off it. Disk check was able to mark some clusters bad and now windows will see it.

08-03-09, 01:02 PM
Blacks firmware or whatever is optimized for games when striped (small files) :)

08-03-09, 01:12 PM
Which is fine to me. Reliability is the most important thing and this will be the only drive in the system and will run the OS, games, apps, and also store files.

08-03-09, 01:43 PM
I'm pretty sure the WD10000LSRTL is just a retail version of the WD1001FALS. I have 4 WD1001FALS at home, 3 in an internal hot-swap enclosure along with a Seagate drive, and the only thing I hear is the 80mm fan.

08-03-09, 02:50 PM
I bought the exact same WD Black Caviar 1TB from Newegg for my build and so far it has been a great drive. Stays cool and quiet, I'm very pleased with my purchase.