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Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5001AALS

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  • WD Caviar Black high performance 3.5-inch SATA hard drives co MBine 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB cache
  • High performance electronics architecture features dual processors and bigger, faster caches for maximum read and write speeds.
  • StableTrac -- The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration
  • WD Caviar Black high performance 3.5-inch SATA hard drives co MBine 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB cache, and SATA 3 GB/s
  • StableTrac -- The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video; 5 year limited warranty
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WD5001AALS
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB, 0.5 TB
  • Warranty: 5 year limited warranty
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001GQYYSG
  • Item model number: WD5001AALS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 3, 2008

Product Description

Product Description

WD Caviar Black high performance 3.5-inch SATA hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB cache, SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and up to 2 TB capacity for the ultimate in power computing. Backed by a 5-year limited warranty. High Performance Electronics Architecture: Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximize performance. Colossal cache – Bigger, faster cache of up to 64 MB means faster performance. Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture: Dual actuator technology – A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy. StableTrac – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations. NoTouch ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit. Massive Capacity – WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities up to 2 TB. Compatible – We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems. 5 Year Limited Warranty.

From the Manufacturer

It's easy to choose the world-class quality of a Western Digital hard drive. We’ve not only designed a drive that's right for you, we've also made it simple to find. These drives are ideal for business, home use, or high performance desktops, and are available in capacities up to 2 TB. With our renowned leading-edge engineering, you'll always make the right choice with WD. And you'll never compromise on quality.

The power of choice. The quality of WD.

WD Caviar® Blue™
Performance and reliability for everyday computing.
Select true blue for reliable quality in everyday use.

WD Caviar® Green™
Cool, quiet.
Select green for doing more with less energy consumption.

WD Caviar® Black™
Maximum performance for power computing.
Select black when you demand the highest performance.





WD Caviar Black – Maximum performance for power computing.

WD Caviar Black drives combine a high performance electronics architecture with a rock solid mechanical architecture to deliver the perfect storage solution for your fully-loaded PC or maxed out gaming machine. Cool drive operation, no-touch head technology, and leading-edge vibration protection ensure enhanced reliability. And we back it all up with a 5-year limited warranty.

Features at a glance
  • Maximum performance
  • Ultra-cool and quiet
  • Massive 1 TB capacity
  • 5-years limited warranty

Power your PC with our top-of-the-line high-capacity drives.

High Performance Electronics Architecture

  • Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance.

  • 32 MB cache - Bigger, faster cache means faster performance.

Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture

  • StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.

  • NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

5 Year Limited Warranty

Massive Capacity - WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities up to 1 TB.


View StableTrac demo here.

Compatible - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

How this WD hard drive protects your data

  • Data Lifeguard is an exclusive set of data protection features, including shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates, and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.

  • Data Lifeguard Tools are software utilities designed for WD hard drives that work with the embedded Data Lifeguard features to make hard drive installation,diagnostics and repair both simple and worry-free.

  • ShockGuard instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations while it is running. This technology enables WD Caviar drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.

Ideal For
Power computing applications such as multimedia, video and photo editing, and maxed out gaming computers.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Excellent drive, extremely fast and very quiet.
Skyhawk
WD has had a very good track record of making reliable, stable drives over the years and the Caviar Black drives are the best of the best.
M. McGahee
No problems with installation, works as expected.
D. Knowlton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 22, 2009
This is a fast, quiet, and reliable drive--I love it.

However, the reseller (Amazon) failed to package the OEM drive in manufacturer approved packaging as described in Western Digital's Warranty Services section of their website. I was disappointed to find that the drive had shifted in the two Airspeed Inflatable Packaging pillows and the drive was in direct contact with the cardboard box. In this position, the force of any fall would have been absorbed by the drive its self instead of the packaging.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sea Star on December 17, 2009
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I really did some research on drives and wanted something reliable after a bad experience with a Seagate drive. I decided on a 500GB as a second drive on my PC and the price and shipping situation with Amazon was primo. I ordered this hard drive with two-day delivery and received it packaged very well and in good working order. I've only had it a few days and it's working fine, so I don't have much to review about the performance at this time except to say it is quiet and has pretty fast access with the 32MB cache. I installed this as a second internal drive on an HP Pavillion a6257c desktop computer that's about two years old and is running Vista. It was recognized immediately by the Bios, Device Manager and by the Disk Management, but I had to use the Disk Management to actually install and format (two separate steps) the drive before it appeared in the My Computer listing for access. This only took a few minutes, and the steps are very easily followed and well written by a previous reviewer (Sandstone)so I won't repeat them here again.

The important thing to remember here is that this is an OEM drive. It doesn't come with anything for the installation, just the drive itself although some people said they received screws. You'll need a SATA (Serial ATA) cable that is usually red but can be other colors and a power cable (in my case I needed a 4 to 15 pin power cable converter because my PC only had 4 pin power connectors and the WD drive requires 15). I had empty SATA slots on my board, so that was no problem. You may have to get split cables if you don't have sufficient connectors in your computer for the added drive. My hard drive cage also had a space for a second drive, but I still had to provide my own screws. Luckily I had some in my Belkin Computer Tool Kit that fit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Colby on May 14, 2010
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If you know how to setup this drive it's a piece of cake. If not, you may think you have a defective hard drive, or screwed something up, like I thought I did! It didn't show up in: Computer > Hard Disk Drives, after I connected the power supply cable and SATA cable to my motherboard. Oh great, I said to myself. The guy at Fry's had no idea what he was talking about. He said, "yeah, this thing is plug and play. You should be all ready to go when you hook it up!" Not! Who you need to talk to are the guys in the blue coats who fix the computers in the repair/setup department, or the geek squad guys at Best Buy, or Google it like I did!

I restarted my computer, and when it boots up and shows "press Esc to enter Setup", or something like that for yours, go into that setup mode. For you newbies, it can be used to change your boot drive priority settings (i.e., where your computer looks first to find your operating system to boot-up), or to just check out what hardware you have hooked up, like I did. As I said, it showed up as a recognized hard drive in my BIOS settings, so at least I knew it was working. However, using it as an auxiliary storage drive (slave drive), I didn't realize I had to go into the computer's control panel to set it up. If you've never done this before, it can be a little tricky but it's not too bad as long as you have some idea as to where to go in your Control Panel. Using windows Vista (it may be different for windows 7, I'm not sure) Go to: Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management. This is where you can initialize, format, partition your drive, change/modify settings, etc. Once that's done you are ready to go!

I heard these are some of the BEST hard drives out there!!!
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Bonedaddy on January 18, 2010
WARNING: THIS IS NOT RAID ARRAY COMPATABLE!

I researched this drive and it was portrayed as top of the line. I then ordered 2 of these Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD5001AALS. Then by chance I saw a review stating that these drives were not Raid Array compatible. Upon digging deeper on the web I found that this was true. Nowhere on Amazon or Western Digital's web site was this information available. I then cancelled this order as I was very disappointed and had never heard of a hard drive not capable of raid array.

Western Digital changed the firmware in the last quarter of 2009 so that all versions of these drives now shipping have the Time-Limited Error Recovery (TLER) setting permanently LOCKED with TLER READ and TLER WRITE both set as DISABLED, so the WDTLER.EXE utility no longer works to toggle TLER to ENABLED. In order to use these drives in a RAID you want to set TLER to ENABLED, but you can no longer do that by any method.

Western Digital never warned anyone of that firmware change, and doesn't even mark the boxes or documentation with this fact...nice eh. These drives can no longer be used in RAID ARRAY.

Therefore Western Digital manufactures desktop edition hard drives and RAID Edition hard drives. Each type of hard drive is designed to work specifically in either a desktop computer environment or a demanding enterprise environment. If you install and use a desktop edition hard drive connected to a RAID controller, the drive may not work correctly.
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