WD Black² Dual Drive WD1001X06X Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging, Contents and Specifications
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmarks
  6. ATTO Benchmarks
  7. Anvil Benchmark (SSD Section)
  8. Anvil Benchmark (Mechanical Section)
  9. Boot Load Test
  10. CrystalDisk Benchmarks
  11. PCMark 8 HDD Benchmarks
  12. PCMark Vantage Benchmarks
  13. Conclusion

Until now, we had hybrid drives which use a small flash NAND for Read Only cache paired with a mechanical drive. While it doesn’t give complete benefits for a pure breed SSD, it does help in boot and application load times.

And it worked.

There are those who want a dedicated storage with flash NAND but with a capacity of about 1TB drive- that’s where drives like Samsung EVO 1TB comes in. But at the price of US $459.99/ UK £363.81, it’s an out-of-reach for many. This issue of having an ‘all-in-one’ storage solution would mostly affect notebook users unless desktop users want a very large flash storage for its primary device. WD released its dual drive with 120GB SSD and a 1TB mechanical drive. Is it really a middle ground?

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