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Toshiba P300 vs WD Black: Which Internal Hard Drive is Better?

Our computers work incredibly hard. They are running practically all day and the amount of data they need to handle is massive. We may only think of a file that is open or a movie running, but it goes a lot deeper than that. A hard drive that starts to underperform is a common problem.

We have two solutions that can expand the capacity of your PC storage and increase performance. We are going to compare the Toshiba P300 vs WD Black. Once we have looked at their specifications, there will a comparison chart to quickly review the two internal hard drives followed by some pros and cons.

Toshiba P300 vs WD Black

There are a few similarities between the Toshiba P300 and the WD Black, so let’s start here.

Toshiba P300 vs WD Black – Similarities

Hard Drive Type

The Toshiba P300 and the WD Black are SATA 6 Gb/s internal hard drives with a 3.5-inch form format. This means they are compatible with any device with an available 3.5-inch bay.

Ideal Uses

You can use the Toshiba P300 and the WD Black for digital art, photo and video editing and gaming. There are perfect for professionals and non-professionals.

The Cache

A hard drive cache is like a temporary storage area as the hard drive is writing. The larger the cache, the smoother your PC will run. The Toshiba P300 and the WD Black 2TB hard drives have a 64MB cache, with is fairly standard. The larger WD Black hard drives have a larger cache of up to 256MB.

RPM

The RPM of a hard drive tells you how many revolutions are made in a minute. The higher the number, the faster you can access data. The Toshiba P300 and the WD Black have an RPM speed of 7200.

Shock Sensors

The Toshiba P300 and the WD Black both come with shock sensors. These shock sensors help to protect data in case of any impacts or knocks.

Advanced Format

Being Advanced Format, the Toshiba P300 and the WD Black stores data on magnetic disks in the hard drive. This way, larger sectors of data enable the data to be maintained by stronger error correction algorithms.

Side by Side Comparison

The comparison chart below shows the features side by side.

 

Toshiba P300

WD Black

Image Toshiba P300 WD Black
Size 1.3 x 5.8 x 4 inches 1.03 x 5.79 x 4 inches
Weight 1.49lbs 1.32bs
Storage Capacity 2TB 2TB
Other Storage Capacities 500GB, 1TB, 3TB 500GB, 1TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB
Ideal Uses Professional and non-professional digital artists, photographers, video editors, gamers Professional and non-professional digital artists, photographers, video editors, gamers
Form Factor 3.5 inches 3.5 inches
Advanced Format Yes Yes
Shock Sensors Yes Yes
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate 6Gb/s, Read speed 150Mb/s 6 Gb/s buffer to host, 164Mb/s host to/from driver
Cache 64MB 64MB
RPM 7200 7200
Load/unload Cycles Not Stated 300,000
Warranty 2 years limited 5 years limited
Price

Next, we will turn our attention to what makes the Toshiba P300 and the WD Black different.

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Differences Between Toshiba P300 and WD Black

Appearance

It’s not really a feature that will help our buying decision but nevertheless, it’s a feature. The larger sizes are a fraction larger and just a little bit heavier, but it doesn’t change the compatibility of the hard drives. We are still looking at the 2TB.

Western Digital 6TB WD Black

Toshiba P300

The dimensions are 1.3 x 5.8 x 4 inches, and it weighs 1.49 pounds. It is red and white.

WD Black

This black internal hard drive is 1.03 x 5.79 x 4 inches and weighs 1.32 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Other Storage Capacities

2TB might be too much for some and not enough for others. One brand has a huge range of hard drives to suit everyone.

Toshiba P300

You will find the Toshiba P300 in 500GB, 1TB and 3TB.

WD Black

There are 8 options aside from the 2TB. You can 500GB, 1TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB, 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB.

The Winner Is- The WD Black

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Data Transfer Speeds

As SATA 6 Gb/s, you can expect transfer speeds of up to 6 Gb/s. However, we have a little more information on both.

WD Black Review

Toshiba P300

Read speeds with this internal hard drive are up to 150 Mb/s.

WD Black

Transfer speeds between the host and the driver are 164 Gb/s.

The Winner Is- The WD Black

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Load/Unload Cycles

The load/unload cycle are the spins of the spindle which rotate the disk preparing the hard drive for reading and writing data.

Toshiba P300 Review

Toshiba P300

There is no product information about the load/unload cycles.

 WD Black

The load/unload cycle is 300,000.

The Winner Is- The WD Black

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Value for Money

We considered the price and the warranty when looking at value for money. The price range for a 2TB internal hard drive can range from $50 to $150.

WD Black Comparison

Toshiba P300

Currently, this is the more expensive hard drive with a 2-year limited warranty.

WD Black

Not only is only cheaper (sitting in the middle of the price range) but it also comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

The Winner Is- The WD Black

Pros and Cons

Before our final verdict, we have some pros and cons of the Toshiba P300 and the WD Black.

Toshiba P300

Pros:

  • The transfer speeds are impressive, even with large files
  • It’s relatively quiet
  • Will work with NAS

Cons:

  • The quality control and durability are questionable

WD Black

Pros:

  • The setup is simple
  • It is far more reliable
  • Transfer speeds often excel product information

Cons:

  • The SATA cable could be better

The Final Verdict

Toshiba has done well to create a product that adds a good amount of storage to your PC and allows for fast data transfer. That being said, with the shorter warranty and the reduced liability, we didn’t feel it was worth the risk. The WD Black has it all, speed, ease of use, and value for money. The transfer speeds were excellent and the range of storage options means there is an internal hard drive for everyone. For these reasons, the WD Black is today’s overall winner.


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