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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 2.5 Inch, 8 MB Cache, 5400 RPM SATA II WD5000BEVT

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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WD5000BEVT
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Warranty: 2
  • Hard Disk Description: Western Digital WD5000BEVT Notebook HDD
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: WD5000BEVT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,045 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2008

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

From the Manufacturer

WD Scorpio Blue Hard Drives – Big capacity for portable computing.

WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch SATA hard drives deliver ultra-quiet operation and low power consumption, making them the ideal drive for everyday notebook computing. In addition, these hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and data-protection features that actively watch over your valuable data.

Why you should choose WD Scorpio Blue drives:

WD Scorpio Blue SATA drives are the perfect way to add storage for all your photos, videos and files on your notebook computer.

Low power consumption.
State-of-the-art seeking algorithms and advanced power management features ensure low power consumption and long battery life.
Low power consumption
In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology yields one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market.
SATA 3 Gb/s interface.

The industry standard and most common interface.

SATA 3 Gb/s interface
Features at a glance

  • 500 GB of notebook storage
  • SATA 3 Gb/s interface
  • 2-year limited warranty
WD Scorpio Blue
Ideal for:
  • Notebook computing
  • Small form factor external enclosures
  • Netbooks

SATA 3 Gb/s - The industry standard and most common interface.

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.

Rugged - WD's ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks.

Tested for compatibility - 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.

WD Certified

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 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, in a non-descript, easy-open package.

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

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Comparison Chart
WD Scorpio Blue WD Scorpio Black
Big capacity for portable computing.
High performance for notebook computing.
Ideal for
Notebook computers, netbooks and external enclosures.
Notebook computers.
Capacity range
80 GB – 1 TB
160 GB – 750 GB
SATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 1.5 Gb/s
PATA 100 MB/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
Form factor
8 MB
16 MB
Limited warranty
Highest capacity
Highest performance
Photo/video editing

Product Description

WD Scorpio Blue 5400 RPM 2.5-inch SATA hard drives from Western Digital deliver lightning-fast and ultra-quiet performance hand-in-hand with low power consumption. In addition, they are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and data-protection features that actively watch over valuable data. Available in capacities from 160 to 640 GB, these drives feature a 3 Gb/s SATA interface and 8 MB cache. WD Scorpio Blue hard drives are designed for portable digital devices of all kinds, including notebook computers, external storage, and digital media players.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very well priced and easy to install!
Amazon Customer
I am very happy with product and hopefully this doesn't happen, but if it does I will buy from here again.
Sara Schmitz
It took only a few minutes to install, it was very easy.
M. Buirge

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

247 of 251 people found the following review helpful By NiteWalker on June 10, 2009
Size Name: 400 GB Verified Purchase
First of all, there used to be two product listings for this hard drive, both identical except for the ASIN numbers. One was listed as the stand alone, the other was listed in the Western Digital Scorpio Blue page with the pull-down menu that has all the different sized drives in the series. I have no idea what the difference is. Amazon, for some reason, took down the 500 GB listing from the pull-down menu and it now has it's own page. Odd they chose that direction. It would have made more sense to remove the individual listing.

Ok, this is for PS3 owners/upgraders. This drive fits the PS3 wonderfully and runs nice and cool with no issues. For the price you can't go wrong. I have the 40 GB PS3 (Spider Man 3 bundle) and have the data (saves + install) of about 10 games and I was running out of space. I did a lot of research of the various SATA 2.5" laptop hard drives available. I researched all the various brands and compared reviews and prices vs size. I came to the conclusion that a 500 GB drive for $100 is a steal given the extra space gained, so that's the direction I went. Of all the brands, the Western Digital Scorpio Blue series seemed to have the most positive reviews all over with the least amount of reviews stating drive failure, so that's the one I chose.

Installing was extremely easy after backing up my data. The longest part of the whole procedure was backing up and restoring the data. I won't go into details, but I do recommend the app another reviewer used to format an external drive larger than 32GB in the FAT32 file system. It's called "fat32format". It works extremely well and extremely fast (less than 4 seconds for a 120GB external drive). Just follow the directions and you're good.
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187 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Juan Aguirre on January 16, 2009
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I bought the new MacBook Aluminum (13" - Late 2008), with the 160GB hard drive, which quickly fell short to my storage demands. While on the market for an upgrade hard drive, I came across the WD 500GB Scorpio Blue and hesitant at first (I could not find anywhere a post which would guarantee that it would work with my MB), I decided to go for it. Upon receiving my hard drive, I ran the Time Machine on my MB, switched the OEM hard drive for this beauty (it took about 15 mins.), installed Leopard from the DVD that came with my MB, and then restored from the most recent TM backup (installing the OS took about 10 mins, and restoring the backup took about 2 hrs - it was a 140GB backup!). So far, I've had no problems whatsoever using the drive. It is very quiet, does not heat up excesively (comparable actually to the original hard drive), and now I have a MB with a 500GB drive!!!

I am extremely satisfied with this drive, and would definitely recomend it to any MB/MBPro owner who wants to upgrade the hard drive.


Update: July 19th, 2010

I've been using this hard drive for over a year and a half now, without any problems whatsoever. Quite drive, no difference in power consumption, performs great! Actually, I am thinking about replacing it with the new 1TB Scorpio, especially because my digital movie collection is growing really fast (I'm ripping my own DVD's so I can view them in my LCD TV, my iPhone, my iPod or my MBP). Great drives, and to be honest, I've never heard of any freezing, beach balls, or any other problems before or after I bought my drive. Great product...still give it 5 stars!
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126 of 135 people found the following review helpful By A. Dent #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2008
Size Name: 320 GB Verified Purchase
PLUSES: It's large, quiet, fast. It easily and perfectly fits where a 20-40-60-80 GB, 2.5" SATA drive would, including in a PS3.

MINUSES: You may be able to find larger drives but not everyone may need more.

Of course, it's no longer 'the biggest' but I knew that a couple of months ago, when I upgraded my PS3. I also figured that, since I have no plans of storing a movie library, 320 GB would carry me for the next couple of years. After that, it's likely that I'd be buying the next generation game/multimedia machine.

Advice to the PS3 upgraders from someone who, after some hesitation, actually did it:
- Go for the highest capacity. If it's a 2.5" SATA and you can afford it you should probably go with it. I already replaced my original PS3 drive with a 320GB but my formerly 60GB laptop has a 500GB 2.5" WD SATA now.
- If you need to format this drive or any drive to Fat32, the best utility I found was FAT32FORMAT.EXE - Google and you shall find it out there. I'm not reviewing the formatter utility but I can tell you that it does a drive in less than 10 seconds AND it works on Vista.
- It helps to have a 60-80 USB-connected drive handy to backup your PS3 content before upgrading. With one of these as the backup device, the PS3 fully restore EVERYTHING, including whatever copywrited or protected objects, such as, in my case the PS2 memory cards emulations.

Note (March 12, 2009)
The Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 2.5 Inch, 8 MB Cache, 5400 RPM SATA II WD5000BEVT seems to be the way to go these days.
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