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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
  • 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.
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Product Description

Capacity: 500GB

WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB SATA 6Gb/s Internal 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive WD Caviar Blue hard drives are available with SATA 6 Gb/s interface built to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation. With capacities ranging from 250 GB to 1 TB, these drives are the perfect solution for family and business computing. SINGLE PACK

Product Details

Capacity: 500GB
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 5.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00461G3MS
  • Item model number: WD5000AAKX
  • National Stock Number: 7025-01-615-7968
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,130 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 11, 2010

From the Manufacturer

WD Blue

Everyday 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.

Storage for your everyday computing needs

WD Blue sets the baseline for everyday storage by consistently delivering improved performance over previous generations while successfully maintaining WD’s quality and reliability for over six generations.

  • 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 Blue hard drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available in up to 1TB capacities.

A modern classic

A sixth generation masterpiece, WD Blue has only continued to advance and grow since it was first introduced making it a solid choice for your everyday PC needs.

Compute with confidence

WD products are tested on hundreds of different systems, configurations and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab; so you can be confident that our hard drives are compatible

Easy upgrade

WD offers Acronis True Image (available as a download on the WD Support website), which enables you to easily copy all of your old data onto your new hard drive.

Ideal for Everyday storage for basic personal computing needs 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 2-year 5-year
Highest Available Capacity 1 TB 6 TB 4 TB
Form Factor 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch
Cache 16MB – 64MB 64MB 64MB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By DH on December 12, 2011
Size: 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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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Howard on February 20, 2011
Size: 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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Northeast Computer on July 16, 2011
Size: 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JKPS on August 26, 2011
Size: 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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