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Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

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  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates
  • WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates.
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video.
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Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX + Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black) + Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)
Price for all three: $161.95

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Technical Details

Capacity: 500GB
  • RAM Type: SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB 7200 rpm
  • Operating System: Windows
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Product Details

Capacity: 500GB
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 5.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00461G3MS
  • Item model number: WD5000AAKX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (665 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 11, 2010

Product Description

Capacity: 500GB

From the Manufacturer

WD Caviar Blue Hard Drives – Value and reliability for everyday computing.

WD Caviar Blue SATA hard drives deliver solid performance and reliability making them a perfect solution for both family and business computing.

Why you should choose WD Caviar Blue:

A wide array of capacities, cache sizes, and interfaces means there's a WD Caviar Blue hard drive that's just right for you. And because it's from WD, you'll have the confidence in knowing you've selected a drive that's truly world-class.

The original.
These drives are built utilizing the proven technology of the original award-winning WD Caviar 3.5-inch hard drives for desktop computers.
Hard Drive by WD
Built to the highest standards of quality and reliability, these drives offer features and capacity at an affordable price.
Highest standards
Ample capacity.
Store up to 500 GB of photos, videos, music and files.
Ample capacity
Features at a glance

  • 500 GB of desktop storage
  • SATA 6 Gb/s interface
  • WD quality and reliability
SATA 6Gb/s
WD caviar Green
Ideal for:
  • Family and business computing
  • Adding storage in desktop PCs or external drives
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music

SATA 6 Gb/s interface - Twice the interface speed with backwards compatibility to legacy SATA standards.

Cool operation - WD continues to develop new and innovative ways to keep drives cool while they are operating which helps protect the drive and the data stored on it.

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


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.

Desktop / Consumer RAID environments - WD Caviar Blue Hard Drives are tested and recommended for use in consumer-type RAID applications. (RAID-0 / RAID-1)*

*Business Critical RAID Environments – WD Caviar Blue Hard Drives are not recommended for and are not warranted for use in RAID environments utilizing Enterprise HBAs and/or expanders and in multi-bay chassis, as they are not designed for, nor tested in, these specific types of RAID applications. For all Business Critical RAID applications, please consider WD's Enterprise Hard Drives that are specifically designed with RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER), are tested extensively in 24x7 RAID applications, and include features like enhanced RAFF technology and thermal extended burn-in testing.

Upgrading your drive is easy - WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive. Note: Bare drive does not include any cables or mounting hardware.

The WD advantage - WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) prior to any product launch. On average, each new product goes through 600,000 hours of testing. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles. You can also call toll-free support 7 days per week in the U.S. and Canada. See the WD Support site for full details.

WD Certified

WD-certified packaging - All WD drives purchased from Amazon.com are shipped in WD-certified hard drive packaging. It is designed and fully tested to provide WD products with the highest of safety while in transit. With WD-certified packaging, you can rest assured that your WD hard drive will arrive safely, fully protected, non-descript, easy-open package.

Works with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac and Linux operating systems.

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Comparison Chart
WD Caviar Blue WD Caviar Green WD Caviar Black WD VelociRaptor
Value and reliability
for every day computing.
Cool, quiet.
Maximum performance
for power computing.
The fastest SATA hard drive
on the planet.
Ideal for
Family and business computing.
Desktop PCs, external drives and NAS devices.
Photo and video editing, and
maxed out gaming systems.
Performance enthusiast
systems and workstations.
Capacity range
80 GB – 1 TB
320 GB – 3 TB
500 GB – 2 TB
150 GB – 600 GB
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
PATA 100 MB/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
Form Factor
8 MB – 32 MB
16 MB – 64 MB
32 MB – 64 MB
32 MB
Limited Warranty
Highest capacity
Highest performance
Photo Video editing

Product Description

Western Digital 500 GB Sata 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-oem Drives WD5000AAKX

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This hard drive is fast.
It's been working for over a year now with no issues.
Retired Tire Engineer
This drive was easy to install, and works fine.
Kim Goldov

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By DH on December 12, 2011
Size Name: 320GB
I purchased several of these drives to use as spares for servers that had the previous generation SATA II 3.0 Gb/sec WD3200AAKS drive. Well as luck would have it, I've had some failures of those old ones and went to replace them, only this drive was not recognized by the computer. After a day of digging, turns out there is a buggy Intel SATA II controller out there in many makes and models of computers that does not properly interact with this particular drive, causing the drive to remain at the 6.0 Gb/sec interface speed and the controller at 3.0 Gb/sec; i.e. no communication possible.

The fix is to place a jumper across pins 5 and 6 which will force the drive to SATA II speeds and make it show up. Unfortunately it doesn't come with any jumpers, so hopefully you have an old computer lying around you can steal one out of.

The same article on WD's site that gave me the fix also said it was possible to perform this fix using a software program they offer called WDSpeed but they refused to give me a copy for some reason and said I had to go buy some jumpers.
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Howard on February 20, 2011
Size Name: 500GB Verified Purchase
My use for these drives is to replace a couple of aging five year old 80GB drives in Windows XP and XP Media Center machines. Those drives are still running fine, however, for the price, I had absolutely no reason not to upgrade them at this time.

I came across this drive middle of last week and Amazon was selling it new for $29 - I was scratching my head thinking "what's the deal" and "what's wrong with these drives"? Sure, even though they were above $25, Amazon was still charging for the shipping - so I took two to bring the per drive shipping down slightly. The old 3Gb version of this drive was selling for over $40 - so again, scratching my head about this. Maybe it was a pricing mistake? Whatever - it was a great price.

The drives arrived yesterday, same standard OEM packaging all of my six other WD drives have come in over the past 9 months. I used Clonezilla to clone the old drives on to the new, it went smoothly without any issues. I'm storing the old drives just in case these new ones have any issues I won't have to rebuild the system drives from scratch.

I know that the motherboards in my machines cannot make use of the 6Gb throughput, however, these drives are definitely faster than what they're replacing - older WD drives which indicate they are 7200RPM and 3Gb. Specs on the older drives indicate performance shouldn't be all that different, but it is, and for the better. I won't question it.

The drive indicates you can jumper pins 5 and 6 to limit it to 3Gb, but I didn't understand the benefit of doing it, so I left it unjumpered and it's working well.

To summarize - these drives are fast, quiet, and so far are performing excellently. I'm very happy with them thus far.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Northeast Computer on July 16, 2011
Size Name: 500GB Verified Purchase
This hard drive is the best mid-range hard drives out there. We run a computer repair shop and THIS is the drive that we always use as a replacement in customers computers.

For 500GB, you just can't beat the price. In my 15 years of business I have seen a few hard drive companies come and go, rise and fall. Maxtor was the beast hard drive of all time (until Seagate bought and crushed them). Now, Western Digital holds the best drive, as Maxtor once did.

If you are looking for a great all around basic hard drive, then this is for you. If you are looking for speed and performance such as needed with a "gaming rig" then choose Western Digital BLACK series.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kerkar on August 26, 2011
Size Name: 500GB Verified Purchase
We have a Windows XP PC with 250GB hard drive that was getting full with photos and videos. We therefore ordered this inexpensive upgrade to triple the capacity to 750GB total. We ordered the same Western Digital Caviar Blue hard drive as the original since our old drive has been quite reliable over the past 4 years. [Western Digital also makes Green drives that are cooler and quieter, but supposedly not so reliable; and Black drives for gaming performance that we didn't need.] The new 500GB hard drive, as stated, is "bare". That means 2 cables are needed along with it - a data cable, and a power cable. We found this out by contacting Western Digital Tech Support who were quite helpful. We ordered these cables from amazon.com as well: B0001Y8UI4, and B00009YFTI. The ambition was to do this at home; but realized upon opening the PC box that it wasn't so easy - the connections were not easy to figure out including jumper to lower the speed of the new drive from 6Gb/s to 3Gb/s - that Western Digital had warned us about to be compatible with the older PC. Fortunately, a local computer repair shop agreed to do it for only $50 [the same components purchased from them would have been twice as much as amazon.com!] as opposed to Best Buy Geek Squad that wanted over $200 for the same labor. Now, the programs are on the old hard drive [C:] and the data is on this new drive [E:]. The hardware is not a problem; it is working fine as it should. The problem is with software handling the transition of the data. The document folders were an easy fix - change designation from C: to E: for each user. But some programs have been a pain: For example, iTunes had to be directed to E: drive and in the process of rebuilding its library, duplicated all files and also lost the playlists.Read more ›
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