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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

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WD5000KSRTL
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Warranty: 3 year warranty
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7 x 3.9 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FBSREK
  • Item model number: WD5000KSRTL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

WD Caviar SE16 7200 RPM next-generation SATA hard drive features 500 GB of storage and a 16 MB cache for lightning-fast performance. Yes, this reliable drive is fast, but it still delivers technologically advanced acoustics and cool operation. Designed for high-performance computers, multimedia and gaming systems.

Main Features

  • Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
  • Manufacturer Part Number: WD5000KSRTL
  • Manufacturer Website Address: www.wdc.com
  • Package Type: Retail
  • Storage Capacity: 500GB
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Data Transfer Rate: 300MBps External Maximum Serial ATA - II, 748Mbps Internal Maximum
  • Interfaces/Ports: 1 x 7-pin Serial ATA/300 Serial ATA
  • Form Factor: 3.5" 1/3H Internal
  • Dimensions: 1.028" Height x 4.00" Width x 5.787" Depth - Approximate
  • Weight: 1.32 lb
  • Standard Warranty: 1 Year(s) Limited

  • From the Manufacturer

    The WD Caviar SE16 7200 RPM next-generation SATA hard drive features 500 GB of storage and a 16 MB cache for lightning-fast performance. Yes, these reliable drives are fast, but they still deliver technologically advanced acoustics and cool operation. Designed for high-performance computers, multimedia and gaming systems.

    Key Features

    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.

    Customer Reviews

    My Windows Vista machine would not recognize it.
    Parker Hallam
    Installation went smoothly and hd works fine so far (about a month now.)
    snazzy
    Steer clear, of this product...it is unreliable.
    M. Robey

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Abrams VINE VOICE on July 1, 2007
    I purchased three of these for my Mac Pro Quad Core desk top which I purchased at Amazon. One 500Gb is set up as stand-alone/backup hard drive and Two 500Gb are set up as a RAID. They installed very quickly without any issues at all, are fast and work well with a Dual Processor Intel system, and are super quiet. I emphasize how quiet they are since I've had many Maxtor brand hard drives which while are quite reliable as well, but, seem to vibrate annoyingly at a frequency that resonates through the PC case. These WDs are in fact much quieter considering that TWO of the 500 GB SATAs plus another stand-alone 250 (comes with the Mac Pro for OS/boot drive) and a 3rd 500 Gb WD SATA drive of the same model (a total of four installed) are all installed and running so quietly. There's no noise or vibration to hint that 4 of these are inside the Mac Pro case. Read and Write performance on both the RAIDS and stand alones has been excellent. Highly recommended.
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Frank Z on November 28, 2006
    Not only is this drive much faster than my old IDE drive with 8M cache, it is as quiet as can be. In fact, if I didn't see my screen updating, I'd think the drive was dead it's so quiet! It's almost night and day the difference in noise!!!
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Salitpa on December 30, 2007
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    WD replaced first with WD5000AAKS, second replacement, WD5000KS.. Be sure to register your drives with WD when you get them. One remaining drive (not replacement) making recurrent sound of winding down but no obvious performance problems. Ran WD boot CD diagnostics (short version) on each drive before 2nd drive went bad but nothing showed up. 22-JAN-08 number 3 died today. Still have noise. Mar-08 4th and last drive died. Replacement noiser than ever. Noticed these replacements are "recertified". No more Western Digital for me.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on June 24, 2008
    There are many reasons to get the internal Western Digital WD5000KSRTL Caviar 500GB SATA. The first is that for economy you get more GB for your money. Drives half the cost of this model provide much less than 50% of the storage space. Some might say that the 500GB is experimental and to go with a solid 200MB drive, but the 500GB stability has shown failure rates no more or less than those models. To top it off WD have really taken the drive market by storm. I once owned an array of Seagates (and still do and am happy with my 200GB drives). The Seagate Barracuda has always been a dependable favourite, but Western Digital Caviar SATA should be given a test drive.

    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.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By williegomezt on January 27, 2007
    I buy this drive to replace my old IDE hard drives, this is a very fast and silent drive, and it includes the SATA cable with Secure Connect, this is a great product.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Ann Jorgensen on July 31, 2007
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    I bought this hard-drive to replace an older 160GB that was failing. This 500GB Western Digital works Perfect with Windows Vista Ultimate, I say this because I am using it right now. I can Multi-Task with No Problems at all! I listen to my Big iTunes - what I call my jute box music player, I have two Browsers running and a online game running, and this hard-drive keeps up with everything Great! Plus this is the Quietest hard-drive I ever owned!

    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.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hyperboloid on November 6, 2007
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    I purchased this harddrive in order to have more space for my music and pictures. it is very quiet and also very fast. I use it as my new C drive now and I did not expect just a fast harddrive to accelarate my system this much. Booting and picture browsing so much faster now - even though I copied the files from my old C drive 1:1. It also comes with a SATA cable. I can highly recommend this product.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Keamy on January 18, 2008
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    I purchased this hard drive for a MAC PRO to use as a spare or back up drive. After using it this way I came realized the the drive seemed to function faster and quieter than the OEM toshiba drive in the MAC pro which was also a 500GB SATA 300 drive. I made this drive the primary drive and relegated the OEM drive as the secondary. I am so pleased with the speed at which this functions and its silence. I have also used Seagate Baracuda drives of similar specs and find this drive to be the winner among the three I have tried.

    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.
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