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WD introduces high-performance 5TB and 6TB HDDs for consumers

Western Digital Corp. on Tuesday introduced its new WD Black hard disk drives with 5TB and 6TB capacities. The new HDDs are designed for consumers and creative professionals who require both high performance and high-capacity. In fact, the WD Black 6TB will be the company’s highest-performing consumer-class hard disk drive with extreme capacity.

The new-generation WD Black 6TB and 5TB hard disk drives come in 3.5” form-factor, feature 7200rpm spindle speed, 128MB cache and Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. The new hard disk drives from Western Digital not only feature more platters than the predecessors and higher capacity, but are also based on a brand-new dual-core processor that enables higher performance compared to previous-gen WD Black HDDs.

According to WD, the new WD6001FZWX and the new WD5001FZWX hard disk drives are 29 per cent faster than the previous WD Black 4TB version in maximum data rate throughput and 10% faster in PCMark Vantage.


“Combining maximum system performance with generous capacity, the expansion of WD Black to 6 TB allows gamers, enthusiasts and creatives to push the boundaries of personalization without compromise,” said Cindi Grace, senior vice president of WD storage technology group. “In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease.”

Western Digital did not reveal the amount of platters inside its new drives or their technology, but it is highly likely that the new HDDs use latest-generation perpendicular magnetic recording to guarantee maximum performance.

The new generation WD Black hard disk drives are already available through select resellers. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Black 5TB drive is $264 and the WD Black 6TB drive costs $294. The drives feature five-year limited warranty.

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KitGuru Says: If you are in the market for a high-performance large-capacity HDD, then WD’s new FZWX-series hard drives are obvious candidates to consider.

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