- Brand Name: Western Digital
- Model Number: WD5000KSRTL
- Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 year warranty
- Hardware Platform: PC
Western Digital WD5000KSRTL/WD5000AAKS Caviar 500 GB SATA Hard Drive
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- 500 GB SATA 3.5-inch internal hard drive; advanced acoustics and cool operation for high-end computers, multimedia and gaming systems
- 7200 RPM spin rate; 16 MB cache; 300 MB/s transfer rate
- WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise; SoftSeek technology increases operational efficiencies
- Data Lifeguard Tools protect data; ShockGuard protects hard drive during operation
- Designed for low-power consumption, 3-year limited warranty
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16 MB cache - Bigger cache means faster performance. A massive 16 MB cache combined with up to 300 MB/s transfer rate make these ultra-fast drives the perfect solution for the fully loaded PC with a fast processor.
Cool operating temperature - WD hard drives are designed to have the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity, desktop-class hard drive which lowers the operating temperature for enhanced drive reliability.
Whisper quiet - These highly reliable drives deliver technologically advanced acoustics. With its WhisperDrive and SoftSeek technologies, WD has minimized noise to levels virtually imperceptible to the human ear in home and business environments.
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. (Download Data Lifeguard Tools)
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The whole point is that hardware compatibility standards have actually made that overnight leap. Many users will be looking to the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor about this time. In turn this means seeking out a motherboard like the Intel DP35DP or one designed for Core 2 Quad chips. When you engage these mobos you will be hit with new standards. These mobos force you to drop PS/2 connections (unless you get adapters) and the 3.5" Floppy is officially extinct with them. While they can handle IDE they are really built SATA drives. Cue the Western Digital WD5000KSRTL Caviar 500GB SATA. It is a monster drive, 0.5TB in one. With two of these you automatically have 1TB. That is phenomenal. While 1TB WD SATA drives exist, the stable ones are the 5400 Rpm and the 7200 Rpm version is cutting edge and so at your own risk. I would get this 500GB model and make your next buy the 7200 Rpm version of the 1TB drive, but do wait so that WD deliver on the same stability as this 500GB model. Eventually you will have a system with 1.5TB.Read more ›
My System is a Dual Core Pentium D 2.8Ghz and I have 2GB RAM. I use a Diamond Viper X1950 PRO ATI Radeon 512MB video card.
This drive is a little more expensive than the Seagate but I think worth the price if you are looking for a break from the usual distraction of hard drive noise.
I come from the old days of required jumper settings and IDE cables. It's been years since I touched the inside of a desktop tower so this was a total shock to my system. BTW, it's a Dell Inspiron 530. It already has a 500GB drive, which I've effectively filled up, which was why I bought this drive...to store some of my extra stuff, but also to act as a backup location for my laptop.
Installing the drive was a snap. Dell set this tower up to accommodate this type of drive. Just slide it into the HDD1 bay, use the WD SATA cable into one of the slots on the motherboard - just like HDMI, actually - and then give it power. Its assignment showed up in the BIOS right away. That's the hardware side. I left the jumper off (Default), and it's perfoming fine.
Next, the software side. Vista Premium picked up the drivers right away and got them installed. Next, Disk Management, initialized the disk, then set up the simple partition. Total install time was about 15 minutes, give or take a few minutes.
As a side note, if you have a home network and you're not performing scheduled backups of your primary computer's data, you need to start, and this drive is a great way to get this done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't remember when I purchased this item, it should have been by 2008. However, I must signal that it's working perfectly today, November, 2015. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
These are by far one of the best HDD you can buy. It's been close to 5yrs since I bought this HDD.
Currently have it as a 2nd HDD as I upgraded to 1TB as my main OS drive. Read more
Garbage. As always. This was the last Drive I purchased from WD. Every single WD drive I ever purchased failed miserably. All intentionally designed to fail as well. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by FoulPlay Audio
Im still using it its pretty good for a HDD. fairly fast
If anyone has any questions about this please don't be afraid to ask me. Read more
Western digital is a good quality brand of hard drive that lasts and never has let me down yet. I recommend.Published on December 16, 2012 by JWINK
I am currently backing my data up off of the WD5000AAKS. I got this drive to replace the WD5000KS (which is the same drive just an older model number) which broke on me. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Holiday