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WD Green 500GB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache WD5000AZRX

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  • WD Green hard drives reduce power consumption by up to 40% and offer best-in-class acoustics and operating temperature and 3rd generation SATA interface.
  • IntelliPower - A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
  • IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration.
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video.
  • 2 year limited warranty.
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Capacity:500 GB

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AZRX 500 GB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AZRX Hard Drives - Internal


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Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B006YLVD50
  • Item model number: WD5000AZRX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,569 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 18, 2012

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WD Green

Capacity Storage.

Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T) benefits

This testing ensures our products consistently meet the highest quality and reliability standards of the WD brand. WD puts our products through extensive testing in our FIT Lab prior to any product launch so that our customers have a hard drive they can trust when storing their digital content.

Cool, quiet operation with massive capacity

Large capacity offerings of up to 6 TBs help expand capabilities and application usage of WD Green hard drives including primary installations in desktop PCs, as secondary storage in external cases or as reliable backup storage.

  • Available in desktop (3.5-inch) and mobile (2.5-inch) form factors.
  • Perfect for storing photos, videos, & other important files.
  • Tested extensively in our WD FIT Lab.
  • WD Green hard drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available in up to 6TB capacities.

Quiet, precise and reliable

Quiet acoustics, reduced vibration and advanced 4K HDD formatting makes WD Green a stronger solution when compared to the competition and perfect for PCs and external drive applications.

Power management with performance

Best-in-class power management, reduced heat output, and next-generation technologies such as IntelliSeek offer a perfect balance of performance and power.

Enhance your PC experience

Load all of your multimedia files on a WD Green HDD while loading your operating system on an SSD to give you both massive capacity and an added boost of speed.

Ideal for Secondary storage for those who need more space for their data Storage for gamers, creative professionals and those who demand the best
Limited Warranty 2-year 5-year
2 TB Capacities & Above
Form Factor 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch
Cache 64MB 64MB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s

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456 of 477 people found the following review helpful By Bert Mull on June 23, 2012
Size: 3 TB
I bought 2-3TB drives for my Synology NAS Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS212j (White). I've only had the drives on for one day but after reading about all the drives that fail after a few months it seems the problem is the head parking itself every 8 seconds if no disk activity. The only reason it does this is to try to save power. Each park results in a load/unload cycle. Most modern drives are rated around 600,000 cycles. Depending on how your system uses the drive, your drive should only have 10-200 cycles per day, but some these Western Digital drives are reporting 3000-5000 cycles per day. This will surpass the 600,000 cycle limit in a few months. You can get the cycles from S.M.A.R.T. or from third party software. Think of starting your car and turning if off every minute, 24 hours a day. Your starter would only last a month or so and then fail instead of lasting for years.

The first thing I did with my new drives was to run the WDIDLE3.EXE utility on them to disable the 8 second head parking. You can also change the head parking to something like 5 minutes, which would make a lot more sense than 8 seconds. To use this utility, you have to run it from a boot disk at the command line. This means you have make a cd/dvd/floppy that you boot from and get a command line prompt such as A:\. At the A:\ prompt type in WDIDLE3 /r to get the current setting (mine said "Idle3 Timer is enabled and set to 8.000 seconds"). After I ran WDIDLE3 /d to disable the timer it said "Idle3 Timer is disabled." You could also run WDIDLE3 /S300 to set the park time to 5 minutes.
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250 of 273 people found the following review helpful By Steve on August 22, 2011
Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I have tons of WD drives and they've been around for awhile (including two 2tb 'green' drives), so I decided to give this one a chance even with the half/half ratings it had.

This drive is great! Popped it into my esata dock, turned it on, and windows disk management saw it instantly, as the full ~2.7tb. Initialized it, making sure to pick GPT, and then formatted it. Windows saw the whole partition, no fuss.

To test the drive, I did a low level format, then a disk check. When both came back fine, I copied as many files as I could fit on the drive, and then did another disk check. Came back fine again, so I ran DiskMark to see what speeds I was getting. When the drive was almost full (~3gb free), I was averaging around 30-40MBps. after I reformatted and ran the test again, I averaged ~60MBps. Compare this to a smaller hard drive and you will see that this is considerably slower. (I just ran DiskMark on a full WD 500GB drive that's about 5 years old, and it averaged 80MBps)

However, 30MBps is plenty of speed to stream movies, which is what I'm using it for. This drive won't make the best boot drive, but it makes a great archival one.

As I've only owned it for about a week now, I can't comment on long term reliability, but I will update if anything happens.
For now, I do recommend this drive.

Edit 11.15.11
After owning this drive for a couple of months now without any failures, it is a very attractive option. However, your mileage may vary, since mine seems to be a bit slower than a friend's who bought the same version (I was getting around 60-80MB/s while the drive was pretty full when I was copying files to his). All-in-all it's a good drive.
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114 of 134 people found the following review helpful By OIObserver on December 25, 2011
Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I have a total of seven of these drives between 6 on a raid array on one PC and one as a data drive (non raid) in another PC.

They are slower at RPM speed than some other drives, at 5400 RPM so if you are someone who "needs" a 7200 RPM drive then you do not need this.

They are however the CHEAPEST, MOST RELIABLE CHEAP drive out there. Unlike some brands who will sell you a 5400rpm drive for this, or the various drawbacks from externals, this drive is inexpensive, not annoying in its "green" power management (or needing to have it shut off) and its fast, I get good speed in my 6gb/sec Sata3 port, and overall think its great that for this price, I get a drive with a 3 year warranty, reasonably fast transfer rates despite a lower RPM (RPM is not everything apparently) and its a Western Digital (and not lower on quality) for the price.

Western Digital have been reliable drives for me, for many years. I have some going back as far as 8 years old and still running (that does not mean one has never died) but it's not common. It's more common that the storage size becomes too small for me and gets it shelved than the drive fails.

I am optimistic by the early performance of these Caviar Greens that I will continue to use these for a 3tb drive. For 2tb drives I prefer the Caviar Black (which is not made in 3tb size). I was apprehensive to go to another brand, so chose WD's lower line rather than risk a brand who has not performed well for me for years.

Five stars are for the value, and the fact it delivers.
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