WD's own twist to the hybrid hard drive, the Black2 is a dual drive solution, fusing individual 120GB solid-state and 1TB 5400rpm mechanical drives into a single 2.5-inch package. The Black^2 will be seen as two separate drives on your system, even though they share the same SATA 6Gb/s connector and take a single slot, meaning it can fit in your laptop as a faster disk replacement without issue.
Solid SSD performance.
Good HDD performance.
The fact that the above two bullets are possible in a single 2.5" 9.5mm package.
Logical addressing of the SSD and HDD may be an issue for some power users.
By TechSpot on December 04, 2013
While it may not be the fastest or most affordable option, the Black2 works as expected and fills a gap in the storage market, which seems worthy enough of our outstanding award. Kudos WD for trying to shake things up a little.85
By Tech ARP on March 06, 2014
The Western Digital Black² Dual Drive is truly a unique and innovative drive. It is not a hybrid drive, but a combo drive - a combination of a solid state drive and a hard disk drive in one package. In the past, laptop users would have to choose...-
By PCWorld on March 05, 2014
The WD Black2 is faster than a mechanical hard drive, but it's not nearly as fast as a comparably priced 500- to 512GB SSD. Its SSD write speed is particularly disappointing.50
By PC Authority on February 19, 2014
It is pretty safe to say that we don't see a huge amount of consumer-facing innovation in the hard drive space. Most of the significant advancements over the past few years have revolved around fitting larger and larger capacities into smaller and...100
By eTeknix on January 31, 2014
Solid state storage as we know it today is certainly the way forward and this is proven by the fact that it is the storage medium of choice for any enthusiast or performance user. Whilst the speeds are fantastic, there is still a slight cause for...-
By AnandTech on January 30, 2014
At $199 and with proper caching software, the Black2 would be a totally different product. Right now it's an expensive niche product that only serves a small user base. If you meet the two conditions at the top, then I have no problem recommending the Black2 but otherwise you should look elsewhere.-
By CDRLabs on January 29, 2014
Pairing an SSD with a hard drive isn't exactly a new concept. For years, enthusiasts have been using SSDs to improve their boot and application load times while storing infrequently accessed files on inexpensive hard drives. With the Black²,...-
By ThinkComputers on January 27, 2014
So what can we say about the Western Digital Black2 Dual Hard drive? First you have to understand what Western Digital's goal was. They wanted to give you the ability to fit two drives in a single drive bay and give you a performance boost over a...80
By Bit-tech.net on January 13, 2014
The Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive is certainly a mouthful to name but thankfully it's worth the effort as it really does deliver on being an ingenious upgrade for anyone out there with either a PC or laptop that only has room for one 2.5in...70
By PC Pro on January 10, 2014
A cost-effective, high-capacity SSD hybrid – a tempting upgrade for owners of older...83