Western Digital Unveils The WD Black 6 TB Desktop Hard Drive

by Andy Cresswell -
Western Digital Unveils The WD Black 6 TB Desktop Hard Drive

WD, a storage industry leader and a company under the renowned Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), has released the much-awaited 6TB capacity WD hard drive in its Black line of performance drives. The 3.5 inch, 7200 RPM drive hailed as the ultimate solution for heavy users seeking high-performance desktop systems and workstations, will especially be an ideal choice for gamers and other professionals.

The Black 6 TB variant of the WD hard drives incorporates virtually everything imaginable for a maximum-capacity drive. Some of its notable specifications include;

  • 7200 RPM spin speed
  • SATA 6 gigabytes per second (Gb/s) interface
  • 128 MB cache
  • Integrated dual processor
  • Dual stage actuator technology

The 6TB version is up to 29% faster compared to the preceding WD 4TB drive based on the maximum data throughput. Besides, it also scores 10% more speed in PCMark Vantage.

A combination of both the excellent system performance and an improved capacity will see heavy users enjoy more reliable system performances even while handling intense desktop computing.

Key Features of the WD Black 6 TB Hard Drive

1. Increased reliability

Typically, WD hard drives with a capacity greater than 2 TB comes with the Stable Trac Technology that helps to secure the motor shaft found inside the hard drive from any impact caused by system-induced vibrations. This technology is crucial in stabilizing the platters therein which in turn improves the accuracy in which the drive tracks a specific sector during read and write operations. This enhances the performance and reliability of the WD Black 6 TB hard drive.

2. Enhanced DRAM Cache

The Dynamic Cache Technology improves the hard drive’s ability to cache algorithms in real time thereby allowing the allocation and optimization of cache between reads and writes. The movement of cache for the read data is important in reducing congestion and enhancing the overall drive performance.

3. Quicker dual processing

The dual core processor included in the WD Black 6 TB hard drive enhances both the read and write speeds thereby increasing its performance.

4. 5-year limited warranty

The WD Black drive comes with an industry-leading 5-year limited warranty which is attributed to the fact that, unlike most standard drives, this drive endures a more thorough and longer period of testing thereby requiring an extended warranty period.

5. Price and Availability

Customers can now purchase their WD Black drives through selected distributors and resellers. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 5 TB version (model no. WD5001FZWZX) is $264 while the 6 TB version (model no. WD6001FZWX) retails at $294. As earlier mentioned, all the WD Black hard drives are backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

More information regarding this range of hard drives may be accessed on the company’s official website.


WD has proved yet again why it is still the pole industry leader in the hard drive and storage market with this latest release of the WD Black hard drives. The company continues to demonstrate its dedication to empowering people around the globe by helping them easily save, store, protect and even share their content on a variety of devices. The company’s latest innovation of the WD Black 6 TB drives is particularly an excellent addition targeted at meeting the needs of heavy users more reliably.

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Andy Cresswell

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Andy is the Founder & Editor of PerformancePSU with over 25 years of experience building custom PCs, watercooling and overclocking. When his thirst for more speed is under control, he is a programmer and father of one.
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