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4.0 out of 5 stars WD Blue 1T Drive - So far so good., April 27, 2011
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This review is from: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 32 MB Cache - WD10EALX (Personal Computers)
I purchased the Western Digital 1 Tb Sata 6.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-oem Drive WD10EALX from Midwest Memory Outlet through Amazon. The drive was received within 3 or 4 days and was packaged extremely well. My original Seagate drive from my HP m9550F failed and was replace by the WD. The Seagate was the drive that HP kept shipping after a drive bios error was long known about. Information from the internet showed that lots of people lost valuable data because HP just kept shipping a drive with a known problem. Anyhow, I did get a bios update for the Seagate before it failed but it ended up failing anyhow.

The WD10EALX drive is fairly loud. I still have the drive located outside the case so that may contribute to the sound level. The noise seems to be from the head movement. The platter spin is silent. For the price this is one drive that is hard to beat and I am well pleased with it. My bios can't take advantage of the 6 Gb/s transfer rate but the drive is plenty fast just the same. I have loaded around 600 gig of data onto it. After around 3 weeks I'll assume it will not fail and put the case back together. If it fails I'll update this review. I noticed on NewEgg that a few failures were being reported. Not the long-term ones but the more likely out of the box ones. Here's keeping my fingers crossed. (Boot drive failures are a pain).

UPDATE:
OK. I put the case back together. The drive is not silent but it is pretty quiet. I can hear just faint clicks as it does its thing. Very nice. No problems with the drive at all. Recommended.
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Initial post: Jun 1, 2011 8:58:58 AM PDT
rottenotto says:
For some reason, your review has ended up in the review area for the 750 G Blue drive.......... you might want to move it to the proper area.........

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 7:57:13 AM PDT
Sachin says:
Actually, the review is in the correct place. Amazon has the reviews of all the WD Caviar Blue HDDs all in the same place regardless of size. They do the same with other products that are the same but may have different options such as size or colour.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 9:49:47 PM PDT
Nice review, but leaving components out of a case is not the best way to go. Most cases have a fan installed in front of the HDD's to rid of the heat. But thanks to your review I might actually buy the drive. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2011 6:06:31 AM PDT
Fred W. says:
In theory you are exactly correct. I hope I didn't lead anyone astray. I was in a well ventilated room with air from a vent blowing down on the drive. I also touch tested the housing for heat (cool). I'm glad the review helped. The drive is still doing great.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 5:32:21 PM PST
Is the drive running an OS or is it a secondary drive? what is the OS?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 6:18:55 PM PST
Have you installed the drive in the case after this?
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