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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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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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Capacity: 500 GB | Style: 7200 RPM

SINGLE BULK PACK WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB SATA 6Gb/s Internal 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive WD Caviar Blue hard drives are available with SATA 6 Gb/s interface built to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation. With capacities ranging from 250 GB to 1 TB, these drives are the perfect solution for family and business computing.

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Capacity:500 GB  |  Style:7200 RPM

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 3.5 inches
Hard Drive 500 GB desktop
National Stock Number 7025-01-615-7968
Brand Name Western Digital
Item model number WD5000AAKX
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 1 x 4 x 5.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 1.03 x 4 x 5.79 inches
Color Black
Computer Memory Type SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Power Source DC 12V

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ASIN B00461G3MS
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 6,864 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #52 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available October 11, 2010

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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
Limited Warranty 2-year 2-year 5-year
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

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By Logical Paradox VINE VOICE on February 9, 2013
Style Name: 7200 RPMSize: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
It's a bias, but I love Western Digital drives. I am an IT professional by trade, but I'm not sure that makes me any kind of authority on the subject. I don't do reliability testing or bench-marking for a living. While all the data I've see tends to reinforce my existing bias, it is the nature of biases to be self-affirming. All I can offer, then, is my personal opinion and my professional recommendation, based on my own experiences.

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.
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Style Name: 7200 RPMSize: 500 GB Verified Purchase
My use for these drives is to replace a couple of aging five year old 80GB drives in Windows XP and XP Media Center machines. Those drives are still running fine, however, for the price, I had absolutely no reason not to upgrade them at this time.

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.
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Style Name: 7200 RPMSize: 500 GB Verified Purchase
This hard drive is the best mid-range hard drives out there. We run a computer repair shop and THIS is the drive that we always use as a replacement in customers computers.

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.
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By JAC on October 14, 2012
Style Name: 7200 RPMSize: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I will keep it short and to the point... I was skeptical about this drive and was hesitant to purchase it, but now I am a firm believer and will recommend to anyone. Immediately after I installed and performed a fresh install of Mountain Lion, I performed a disk bench test and average read/write speed is 170mb/sec with +/- 5mb/sec - AMAZING fast for a HDD SATA III. Furthermore, the drive is very quiet and I have yet to notice any excessive spinning or noise. Since then, I've purchased another drive for a second system and I will update this post if I experience any problems.
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Style Name: 7200 RPMSize: 1 TB
This hard drive comes in OEM packaging, which means it comes only with the drive in anti-static packaging. This is typical of most hard drives. You will need a SATA cable and an open SATA port on your motherboard for installation. I used this as a replacement for my ancient 80 GB WD HDD that was going on 9 years old, and reinstalling W7 onto a new drive is nice and simple. Just pop in the W7 installation disc once your drive is in and choose Restore or Repair, make sure you have your backup first, though. However, when you use this method, it only restores the exact partitions and size of the original drive, and I realized that you need to create another partition if you want to use the full drive. This is much easier than it sounds, just research creating a partition, it's simple and Windows 7 makes it a breeze. In case you're wondering, SATA ports and connectors are all compatible with each other. SATA II is not a bottleneck to hard drives, only to SSDs. This drive is pretty quiet, except when installing large programs and moving big files, in which it's only barely audible. It's great for a new build or a replacement. I've had good experiences with WD in the past, all the drives of mine and my relatives I have seen of WD branding haven't had any issues at all. I was even using my old drive for a solid 9 years of heavy use and it had no issues. This new drive has the numbers on its side, too. Mine has ZERO seek errors, zero read errors, no reallocated or otherwise damaged sectors, and keeps a consistently cool temperature of 30C. If anything goes wrong for any reason at all, there is always the 2 year warranty to rely on. However, if you don't mind having a bit of a louder drive and paying just a bit more, you can get the Caviar Black which has a nice amount of extra performance, is more reliable and has a longer 5 year warranty. If you don't want, need, or your budget maxes out on the Caviar Blue, then that's just fine because this is one solid drive.
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