Western Digital WD400KD

It seems as though Hard Drive manufacturers will never rest until they absolutely drive me insane. A few weeks ago, I was able to review a hard drive by a company named Western Digital that sported 250 gigs of space and a speedy interface. Recently, they decided to tease my with a new drive that slams 400 gigs of space in your face and a tad bit slower interface. Rhyming unintentional. Enter the WD4000KD, a SATA drive with a whopping 400 gigs of space and a 16 MB cache at a not so whopping price of $234.99 (WD’s website price – Bare Drive); that’s only .59 cents per gig.

This drive sports many similarities to its siblings. It pounds out a quick little 7200 RPM’s, a 16 MB cache and the ubiquitous 8.9ms read seek time. The interface is a bit slower than the last WD drive we thrashed, the WD2500KS. This drive rides on a standard SATA interface at 150MB/s instead of its speedier cousin cruising past at 3.0Gb/s. Hey, where is my NCQ, again? Granted, I have it disabled on the drives that rock it, but I would rather have it and not use it than want it and not have it.

I know what you are going to say to yourself next, and I will battle that question right now. You are going to ask yourself “Why would I buy one of these at 234.00 when I could by two 250gigers at a higher transfer rate and end up spending less money?” My response is; UH??!?? I can offer only two things, and they aren’t even that good … space and power. You buy 2 hard drives you need power to run them; you need space to hold them. In my case, I am running out of both. I have 2 raptors in RAID, a few DVD Burners, and a bunch of other crap.

Accompanying this drive is the WD standard. You get the Data Lifeguard tools, a quick install guide, a neat cable that keeps from being accidentally unplugged (I love this thing, I just wish they made it longer), some screws, and of course, the drive.

The SATA cable provided is called SecureConnect. Here is a WD blurb:
WD’s Serial ATA cables with SecureConnect™ provide a stable, secure attachment between the hard drive and SATA interface and SATA power cable. With SecureConnect, the drive to cable connection is strengthened by more than 500% compared to standard SATA cables. This cable is for use only with WD SATA hard drives.

Here is a Joe blurb:
500% on one end, and normal on the other! But some is better than none, right?

About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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