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WD Blue 320 GB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, PATA, 8 MB Cache - WD3200AAJB

4.3 out of 5 stars 441 customer reviews
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  • WD3200AAJB 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
  • WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing
  • IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration.
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Technical Details

Capacity: 320 GB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WD3200AAJB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
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Product Description

Capacity: 320 GB

Product Description

Main Features

  • Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
  • Manufacturer Part Number: WD3200AAJB
  • Manufacturer Website Address: www.wdc.com
  • Product Type: Hard Drive
  • Storage Capacity: 320GB
  • Data Transfer Rate: 100MBps Maximum External
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Interfaces/Ports: 1 x IDC Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) IDE/EIDE
  • Form Factor: 3.5 Internal

  • From the Manufacturer

    WD Blue Desktop Hard Drives – Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing.
    The original.
    WD Blue drives are designed and manufactured with the proven technology found in WD's original award-winning desktop hard drives.
    The original
    WD quality.
    Built to the highest standards of quality and reliability, these drives offer the features and capacity ideal for your everyday computing needs.
    Quality
    More options.
    These drives are available in a broad range of capacities, cache sizes and interfaces so you can be sure there's a drive that's the perfect fit for your system, in more ways than one.
    More options
    WD Blue
    Product Features

    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.

    SATA or PATA interface - While SATA has become the industry standard interface, WD continues to manufacture desktop drives with a PATA interface for unique or legacy systems.

    Tested for compatibility - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

    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.

    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.

    WD Certified

    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.

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

    Recommended use - WD Blue hard drives are tested and recommended for use in PCs, high-performance workstations and notebook computers.*

    *Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for home and small office 1-5 bay NAS systems and WD Enterprise hard drives for rackmount and >5 bay NAS systems.

    Ideal for:
    • Family and business computing
    • Adding storage in desktop PCs or external drives
    • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music

    Features at a glance

    • 80 GB - 1 TB capacity
    • SATA 6 Gb/s or PATA 100 MB/s
    • 7200 RPM

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    Product Information

    Capacity:320 GB
    Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches
    Item Weight 1.1 pounds
    Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
    ASIN B000RO3BPA
    Item model number WD3200AAJB
    National Stock Number 7025-01-573-6383,7025-01-581-7497
    Customer Reviews
    4.3 out of 5 stars 441 customer reviews

    4.3 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #661 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
    Date first available at Amazon.com May 8, 2007

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    Customer Reviews

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    Size: 160 GB Verified Purchase
    I should have know what would happen as soon as I saw this drive arrived in a box that was not what I'm used to when purchasing new Western Digital drives. Both the outside box and inner static-proof bag were U-Line brand, which sent up a red flag that these might be used drives. And I was right.

    They are advertised as new but they are refurbished. I work in IT and I check every piece of technology that I purchase thoroughly, including (and especially) hard drives. Apparently the seller doesn't know that hard drives equipped with S.M.A.R.T. technology record information about the hard drives, including usage time, errors, etc. This drive had a power-on count of 23 and power-on hours over 5000.

    Do not sell refurbished drives marked as new.
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    Size: 160 GB Verified Purchase
    I ordered this to replace an ailing drive that was failing testing. When I opened the static bag and plugged it in, I immediately tested it. My current hard drive has only been started 8 times, but this drive had already been booted over 30 times. As they are both WD drives, I know the excessive number of starts was not due to testing of any kind, but rather due to usage. This was a used drive and BuyAccessories is selling it through Amazon as new in their hassle free packaging. Unfortunately, it's not new, and if the SMART drive records built into the HD are any indication, it's been used for a long time. As the rest of the tests passed, the drive is not yet dying, but since electronics go from lightly used to dead in no time, the fact that it's used means there's probably only going to be a very short lifespan for it.

    Buyer beware, just because sellers on here are passing it off as new, doesn't mean it is.
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    Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
    This drive is exactly as advertised. It is a bare drive, no cables or mounting gear included (although you probably don't need either). It does not include instructions either; so you should know what you are doing if you are buying this hardware. It is an excellent choice for an older computer.
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    Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
    Everything about the item was excellent. Well packaged, quickly shipped, performs well upon installation. My only problem was upon ordering, the product description said the drive was available in both PATA and SATA configurations(parallel vs. serial). My older computer required the PATA as a replacement hard drive. The Amazon ordering process did not facilitate the specifying of one of the two available configurations. It took various phone calls to Amazon, and emails to the product supplier to assure me the PATA version would be shipped. It turned out well, but this was the first time I encountered ambiguity, frustration, and delay in placing an order with Amazon.com
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    Size: 160 GB Verified Purchase
    Item # B000VRZ7PA Western Digital Caviar Blue PATA Hard Drive WD1600AAJB

    I ordered this through Amazon Market Place, because by the time I was ready to order it, Amazon was sold-out for the time being. Now it's re-stocked and I'm seriously considering ordering another. Unlike the display pages, this unit is bulk-OEM which came in a plasti-foil/mylar sealed wrapper. (no directions)

    The re-seller did an excellent job bubble-wrapping it for shipping and when I contacted them about specifications, they were helpful and informative. Pricing was competitive with Amazon's own department. This drive is a little noisier than my original drive, which featured a peculiar rubber sheath. But this little winder spins out a fast 7200 RPM, and the noise isn't anything approaching noise from the power-supply cooling fan.

    The Western Digital web-site features full specifications pages which are model specific. And there's a frequently asked questions (FAQ) menu with lots of information, some of which may apply to your needs. They also illustrated precisely the jumper settings configuration table I was looking for.

    If you're installing an Operating System, (this installation was Windows XP) your installation disk will perform the necessary format. Because mine was XP, it had the option of selecting either FAT-32 file system (backwards compatible Windows 95-98) or NTFS file system, which is upwards compatible with Windows Vista & Windows 7, in case you need to network and share files.
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    Size: 160 GB Verified Purchase
    I can only go 1 star on this deal. I ordered this for a customer's computer. I thought I was buying a brand new hard drive and that's what I sold to the customer. It was also advertised as a blue Western Digital hard drive. This one is black. Upon installation, I discovered this drive has over 6,000 hours of power on time. It tests fine and works fine. But how do I explain this to the customer? Next time I will be looking somewhere else to buy a hard drive. I do not recommend this product.
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    Size: 160 GB Verified Purchase
    I bought this in May '10 to extend the life of an old PC with IDE disk controllers. Great price for a good size in old technology. For almost five months it was great. But one day in October '10, without any warning whatsoever, it has stopped working entirely. As far as the computer sees, even in BIOS and even with swapping around the data and power cables and the jumper, the disk is simply not there (but a different disk is still working okay, so it is the new disk and not the controller which is the problem).
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