WD Blue 1TB

DE­SPITE THE VALUE BRAND­ING, THIS HIGH CA­PAC­ITY DRIVE IS JUST AS SPEEDY AS ANY OTHER SATA SSD, MAK­ING IT A WOR­THY CON­TENDER

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N ot many years ago, a ter­abyte­sized SSD would have cost more than your en­tire com­puter. To­day the WD Blue de­liv­ers that gar­gan­tuan ca­pac­ity for a very aord­able $440. To be strictly ac­cu­rate, 24GB is kept aside for over pro­vi­sion­ing, so its us­able ca­pac­ity is 1,000GB, which for­mats down to 931GB in Win­dows – but that’s still a good chunk of space, even for com­pul­sive down­load­ers.

Al­though Blue is WD’s mid-range brand, the drive is fast enough to sat­u­rate the SATA in­ter­face, as our bench­mark re­sults show. In other words, it’s just as speedy as “high-end” SATA drives from Sam­sung and SanDisk. It also comes with Acro­nis True Im­age soft­ware – in this case a spe­cial WD edi­tion. This not only helps you mi­grate your old disk onto the new SSD when you first in­stall it, but also lets you sub­se­quently back up selected par­ti­tions of your WD disk to ex­ter­nal me­dia.

How­ever, if we had to quib­ble, we would note that the WD SSD Dash­board soft­ware is clunky and doesn’t give you any con­trol of over pro­vi­sion­ing, al­though it does al­low you to view drive sta­tus and per­for­mance sta­tis­tics, as well as se­curely wipe the drive. There’s no hard­ware en­cryp­tion ei­ther.

Still, the WD Blue is an at­trac­tively un­fussy propo­si­tion, oer­ing a large ca­pac­ity at a mod­est price. If your dig­i­tal chat­tels won’t fit into 512GB, it could be the per­fect an­swer.

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