|Screen Size||3.5 inches|
|Hard Drive||500 GB desktop|
|National Stock Number||7025-01-615-7968|
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WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX
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- IntelliSeek: Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
- Data LifeGuard: Advanced algorithms monitor your drive continuously so it stays in optimum health.
- NoTouch Ramp Load Technology: Safely positions the recording head off the disk surface to protect your data.
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- Package includes a hard drive only - no screws, cables, manuals included. Please purchase mounting hardware and cables separately if necessary.
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This item: WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX
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|Hard Disk Size||500 GB||500 GB||Information not provided||1 TB|
|Speed||7200 RPM||7200 RPM||7200 RPM||7200 RPM|
|Form Factor||3.5-Inch||3.5-Inch||3.5 inch||3.5 inch|
|Hardware Interface||sata 6 0 gb||sata 6 0 gb||sata 3 0 gb||sata 6 0 gb|
|Cache Memory Installed||16||16||8 MB||64|
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From the Manufacturer
Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T) benefits
This testing ensures our products consistently meet the highest quality and reliability standards of the WD brand. WD puts our products through extensive testing in our FIT Lab prior to any product launch so that our customers have a hard drive they can trust when storing their digital content.
Storage for your everyday computing needs
WD Blue sets the baseline for everyday storage by consistently delivering improved performance over previous generations while successfully maintaining WD’s quality and reliability for over six generations.
- Available in desktop (3.5-inch) and mobile (2.5-inch) form factors.
- Perfect for storing photos, videos, & other important files.
- Tested extensively in our WD FIT Lab.
- WD Blue hard drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available in up to 1TB capacities.
A modern classic
A sixth generation masterpiece, WD Blue has only continued to advance and grow since it was first introduced making it a solid choice for your everyday PC needs.
Compute with confidence
WD products are tested on hundreds of different systems, configurations and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab; so you can be confident that our hard drives are compatible
WD offers Acronis True Image (available as a download on the WD Support website), which enables you to easily copy all of your old data onto your new hard drive.
|Ideal for||Everyday storage for basic personal computing needs||Secondary storage for those who need more space for their data||Storage for gamers, creative professionals and those who demand the best|
|Highest Available Capacity||1 TB||6 TB||4 TB|
|Form Factor||2.5-inch & 3.5-inch||2.5-inch & 3.5-inch||2.5-inch & 3.5-inch|
|Cache||16MB – 64MB||64MB||64MB|
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s|
Top Customer Reviews
The truth is, that's often all we IT people can provide: opinions, and sometimes shaky ones. We tend to form our opinions based on experiences when the truth about how good or bad a particular drive model or maker is, is really a matter of statistics. We instead reach conclusions based on anecdotal evidence and recommendations from friends or colleague, and it's far too easy for a popular conception, a single run of good luck, or a single bad experience to cloud the statistical realty. We also tend to become brand loyal once we enter a place of comfort with a product line. But I've seen plenty of Western Digital drives die. I've seen plenty of ANY brand of hard drive die: Maxtor, Seagate, Samsung, you name it. I recommend that you take all consumer reviews for hard drives with a grain of salt and look online for professional reviews, benchmarks, and reliability data if you really want to know how a given drive rates. Anandtech, Tom's Hardware, and PC Perspective are some good starting points.
With all that in mind, my biases are not without reasons. I've been very pleased with every Western Digital drive I've owned over the last 13 years of my personal computing life. I originally became a fan because of the large capacities, large cache, and low seek times back when I was picking parts for my first computer that I bought myself--a Dell.Read more ›
I came across this drive middle of last week and Amazon was selling it new for $29 - I was scratching my head thinking "what's the deal" and "what's wrong with these drives"? Sure, even though they were above $25, Amazon was still charging for the shipping - so I took two to bring the per drive shipping down slightly. The old 3Gb version of this drive was selling for over $40 - so again, scratching my head about this. Maybe it was a pricing mistake? Whatever - it was a great price.
The drives arrived yesterday, same standard OEM packaging all of my six other WD drives have come in over the past 9 months. I used Clonezilla to clone the old drives on to the new, it went smoothly without any issues. I'm storing the old drives just in case these new ones have any issues I won't have to rebuild the system drives from scratch.
I know that the motherboards in my machines cannot make use of the 6Gb throughput, however, these drives are definitely faster than what they're replacing - older WD drives which indicate they are 7200RPM and 3Gb. Specs on the older drives indicate performance shouldn't be all that different, but it is, and for the better. I won't question it.
The drive indicates you can jumper pins 5 and 6 to limit it to 3Gb, but I didn't understand the benefit of doing it, so I left it unjumpered and it's working well.
To summarize - these drives are fast, quiet, and so far are performing excellently. I'm very happy with them thus far.
For 500GB, you just can't beat the price. In my 15 years of business I have seen a few hard drive companies come and go, rise and fall. Maxtor was the beast hard drive of all time (until Seagate bought and crushed them). Now, Western Digital holds the best drive, as Maxtor once did.
If you are looking for a great all around basic hard drive, then this is for you. If you are looking for speed and performance such as needed with a "gaming rig" then choose Western Digital BLACK series.
PRICE: For what I have invested in the hard drive and the fan cooled enclosure it is still cheaper than buying an external hard drive. Not by much as they are getting cheaper, but some.
INCLUDED: You should know all you are getting is the hard drive..There is nothing else in the box. No instructions or cables or plugs or whatever you need to use for your project. This can be installed in a desktop PC that takes a 3.5 hard drive or a 3.5 hard drive enclosure. If you are unsure on how to install this please google it..Remember you live in a "video" era and you have unlimited knowledge at your fingertips.
EASE OF USE: Simple PLug and Play ...You will need to format it for the xbox one. Put it in a 3.5" USB 3.0 enclosure and plug it in. Then follow the onscreen prompts. Its as easy as clicking a button.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Drive only worked intermittently before simply disappearing. WD support is functionally non-existant.Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Works as expected. Purchased for my DVR for my security cams. Plug-in-play like your average hard drive.Published 4 hours ago by lildewd
Using as a media servers master drive, running since the day I received it, no problems. Drive is really quiet, I can't make out any sound above what my video card and CPU fan... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Jesus Ortiz
Excellent HDD, glad I purchased it for my PS4. Beware, you will need a NYKO or a Dongcoh Game bar for it. (I have the Dongcoh and it works just perfect).Published 9 hours ago by Chris