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WD Black 2 Review

Recently I have been discussing with a friend of mine different SSD drive options to install on my computer. The major limitation and concern I came across is that I myself tend to use a lot of hard drive space on my laptop. Whether it’s for back up files that I am holding for customers or just to run virtual machines in order to run test environments on my computer, I have found that I tend to be use most of my 1 TB drive. I am also a bit of a gamer as I sometimes stay back with my work colleagues after work and play Battlefield 4. The boot up speed and loading times on a SSD drive versus a traditional hard drive is quite noticeably better and the performance boost is definitely helpful when it comes to gaming.

I was in the market for an SSD however the only thing holding me back was the size limitations that come with having one. I own a laptop and there is not enough space to have 2 hard disks installed; sure I could have spent $500 to $600 on a 1 terabyte SSD but I have more important things to spend $600 on than on a hard drive.

Recently I came across a solution to my problem, and it was called the WD Black 2. The WD Black 2 is a combination drive which comprises a 128 gigabyte SSD as well as a 1 terabyte HDD. I could enjoy the best of both worlds, with the performance speeds that come with having an SSD hard drive such as taking 5 seconds for Windows to load and having increased performance with my games, without having to compromise storage space.  The added benefit was that it was half the cost of buying a full blown 1 terabyte SSD drive.

The WD Black 2 was designed as a single disk solution that laptop owners could implement, it would allow users to take advantage of the performance gain that comes from having an SSD drive whilst also allowing users to have ample storage space.

The only downside to this is that because there are two elements at work here, the SSD portion and the HDD portion, the WD is split up into 2 partitions. This means that if you do not want to clog up your SSD portion you will need to change the default location that programs, documents, pictures, etc. are stored. This is a minor issue as you can easily make the changes needed for Windows to change the default locations however it is a limitation that this drive has and one that some might find off putting.

Nevertheless if you are looking for an affordable solution for your laptop that will take advantage of SSD speeds whilst still having a good amount of storage space for an affordable price, the WD Black 2 is probably what you are looking for.

For more information, visit http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1190

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