The first thing I noticed about the WD Black 1TB when I picked it up was the weight. At .69Kg or slightly more than 1½ pounds, it seems a bit heavier than the average drive. I weighed an older Seagate I had lying around and it was half a pound lighter. It's been awhile though since I bought a hard drive, my next biggest drive is only 300Gb, so the extra weight may be common to larger capacity drives due to increased platter count or something similar.
As I mentioned earlier, the WD Black 1TB has pretty standard industry specifications like the SATA 3Gbps interface, 7200rpm spindle speed and the 32Mb of cache, although that last is relatively new. Previous generation drives typically only use 16Mb of disk cache. The rest of the specifications as listed on Western Digital's website are:
Formatted Capacity 1,000,236 MB
Capacity 1 TB
Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive 1,953,525,168
Height 1.028 Inches
Length 5.787 Inches
Width 4.00 Inches
Weight 1.52 Pounds
Operating Shock (Read) 30G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 250G, 2 ms
Idle Mode 24 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 33 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 3 29 dBA (average)
Operating 32° F to 140° F
Non-operating -40° F to 158° F
The WD Black 1TB is a 3.5" SATA hard drive, meaning it fits in any standard internal 3½" drive bay. For testing purposes I left the drive positioned on its side on my desk outside of the case as I have no free internal drive bays available. I tested the WD Black 1TB as a secondary drive on my nVidia 8200 chipset board, as well as configuring it as the primary system drive on an Intel ICH7-based board.
Next up let's take a look at some performance benchmarks.