|Item model number||WD5000AZRZ|
|Operating System||Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10|
|Item Weight||15.9 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.87 x 4 x 1.03 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.87 x 4 x 1.03 inches|
|Flash Memory Size||500 GB|
|Hard Drive Interface||Serial ATA-600|
|Hard Drive Rotational Speed||5400 RPM|
|Manufacturer||Western Digital Bare Drives|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||August 26, 2015|
Western Digital 500GB WD Blue PC Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, , 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD5000AZRZ
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB|
|Hardware Interface||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Type of product||3.5-Inch|
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- Reliable everyday computing
- WD quality and reliability
- Free Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software
- Massive capacities up to 6 TB available
- 2-year manufacturer's limited warranty
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Olive Branch Enterprises||DBSKY|
|Cache Memory Installed Size||64.0||256.00||128.00||64||256||64.0 MB|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500.0 GB||2 TB||1 TB||1 TB||6 TB||1000.0 GB|
|Hard Disk Rotational Speed||5400.0 rpm||7200 rpm||5400 rpm||7200 rpm||5400 rpm||7200.0 rpm|
|Hard Disk Size||500 GB||2 TB||1 TB||1 TB||6 TB||1.00 TB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||3.50 inches||3.50 inches||2.50 inches||3.50 inches||3.50 inches||3.50 inches|
|Hardware Interface||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Item Dimensions||5.87 x 4.00 x 1.03 inches||5.79 x 4.00 x 0.79 inches||3.95 x 2.75 x 0.28 inches||5.80 x 4.00 x 1.00 inches||1.03 x 5.79 x 4.00 inches||4.80 x 4.00 x 1.00 inches|
|Item Weight||0.99 lbs||0.92 lbs||3.17 ounces||2.12 ounces||1.28 lbs||1.00 lbs|
Western Digital WD Blue 3.5-inch PC hard drives deliver solid reliability for office and web applications, and they are perfect for extra storage for desktop PC computing.
As used for storage capacity, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
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(If you don't want to read the rest of my admittedly long review, the short version is: if you buy this drive, make sure you CHECK THE WARRANTY STATUS on WD's web site as soon as you get it. If their web site says your drive is an OEM drive, send it back to Amazon immediately and get your money back--because WD WILL NOT honor the 2 year warranty--you're totally on your own if the drive fails within the 2 year warranty period).
I purchased the 3TB Blue version of this drive in April of 2016, confident that if anything went wrong with the drive over a two year period WD would replace the drive under warranty. A few days ago this drive suddenly disappeared from my desktop, and after some testing I figured out that it had totally died. OK, I thought, time to give WD a call and get a replacement.
Not so fast!
I went to the warranty checker on their web site and it said that my drive was an OEM drive and not covered by their warranty. WHAT? Unbelievable!
Without further ado, I called their support number and was told the same thing: this was an OEM drive and not covered.
So I asked to talk to a supervisor/manager. I told the lady that I had purchased the drive from Amazon and that I expected them to honor the two year warranty. She asked me to email her proof of purchase, which I did. She said I would hear from them within 2 business days.
I didn't hear from them after three of four business days, so called them again today. The agent gave me the same story about it being an OEM drive and that as such it was not covered by their warranty. I told him that I had emailed a proof of purchase, showing that I had purchased it from Amazon. Once again, I asked to talk to a manager.
I was put on a very long hold (were they hoping I would just give up?) and when the guy finally came on the line he just reiterated the same thing everyone else had said: it's an OEM drive and we're not replacing it.
I told him there is NOWHERE on Amazon's page that says this is an OEM drive. Nowhere. He said that's Amazon's fault, not theirs. He told me to contact Amazon and get them to replace the drive. I figure that would be a waste of time and effort.
Needless to say, I'm not at all happy. I've been buying WD drives for years. I currently have at least half a dozen in use right now. But today I am looking for another manufacturer.
I'm giving the drive 3 stars. Like I said, I've always like WD drives, so I don't want to just give vent to my frustration and give the drive 1 star. It was a good drive before it failed. I knocked one star off for the fact that it failed after only 20 months. And I knocked off another star for the poor customer support regarding the warranty. I think it's shameful and if they do this to many of their customers they're going to regret it and hurt themselves.
Thanks for reading my review. I hope it helps other people to beware of this loophole where WD can say that your hard drive is OEM even though you bought it from Amazon, and use that as an excuse not to honor the warranty.
Like I said above, as soon as you get the drive, check the serial number on WD's site and if it says it's an OEM, send it back to Amazon and get your money back.
To test the drive:
Download and boot up a Linux distro. This process will take many hours to days to complete depending on the drive speed, drive size, USB vs SATA, chipset and computer, etc.
Open a terminal (or not already at a shell), then type:
sudo badblocks -wsv -b 4096 (or 512 if its an old drive..type 'fdisk -l' to show if its 512 or 4096 sector format) /dev/sdX (X is your particular device) , example: sudo badblocks -wsv -b 4096 /dev/sda. There is an optional -c which specifics the amount of blocks at a time to process, it may or may not increase the speed. If you use it try -c 131072 or -c 65536, or -c 32768, or -c 16384. Might come in handy if testing multiple drives at once.
Try running it for 10-20 seconds with a -c [xxxxxx] or leaving it out, and ctrl-c after 20 seconds--do that for 3-4 different block speeds to determine which one progresses the furthest @ 20 seconds (or whatever interval you count to). For me, leaving the -c option out worked best.
What you are doing is exercising the drive and writing all: 00000000s, 11111111s, 10101010s, and 01010101s patterns across the entire space of the drive, and verifying that it correctly wrote every single bit that writes to the platter. Usually (not always) if a drive is bad, it will show up sooner than later, so you are giving the new drive a solid workout to determine if the drive is defective or not.
These are mid-level desktop drives with only a 2-year warranty. Mid-Level HDDs used to have a 3 year (sometimes 5) year warranty. Yeah, it's not a bad idea to get into the mindset that when you buy a new HDD, don't expect to be able to use if for a few days until after you test it! It's only your data . . .
Got the hard drive in the mail. It came in a bubble wrap insulated envelope and that was it for protection. Not exactly the way I would ship something like that, but figured, okay, maybe it provided it enough protection.
Got everything installed, and drive spun up, so thought everything was okay. After only running it for 4 days, it crashed on me. Nothing recognizes it (BIOS or slave kit). The most upsetting part of this is, I just put a lot of data on it as it is a very large drive and lost all of it. I'm hoping I can recover it from all the old drives I took the data off of .
I ordered a model WD30EZRZ drive on October 10, 2018 and it was sold and fulfilled by Amazon. I went to the WD site and successfully registered it for warranty support. That drive has been going steady and without issue since then as the server drive in a Plex-based HTPC.
On Jan 27, 2019 I did the BUY AGAIN to use this as a BACKUP DRIVE and found it was sold by Hard Drive Geeks and fulfilled by Amazon. I didn't even take it out of the static bag, but went to the WD site and it will NOT register the drive as being OEM or whatever else, see the screen capture.
They included a card saying that they would replace it for 2 years, but honestly, they could be gone tomorrow and then where would I be, except out the money and possibly any files lost on this backup drive.
As much as this screws up my plans for the weekend, I can't keep a drive that I don't trust. If this came from a MyBook or whatever, who knows what has been done with it or TO it.
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This particular one may also be good, but I'll never know - I'm returning it unused, because of poor packaging which doesn't adequately protect the item and so I'll not risk using it (because of the extreme likelihood of it being either doa/failing prematurely in consequence of 'being bounced around' during delivery).
Item was shipped in a box much larger than the unit, with the only padding being a single piece of padding-paper above the item... so perhaps the training manual reads: 'Select too-big box, place item on bottom, screw-up wrapping paper and place on top, seal.'
For a book, the packing would have been excessive. For a sensitive electronic item it's woefully inadequate.
And I strongly disagree with the info about 'frustration free packaging'... 'will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging'. Er, no. It won't protect. And then having to spend time sorting this is a pain-in-the-***, and not in any way frustration-free.
In fairness, having phoned to discuss this, the customer service is good... acknowledgment, apology, next-day replacement, collection of unit to be returned. I've requested that if it's as poorly packed then please don't bother sending. So I'm hoping for something which 'will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging'.
With common sense, none of this would have happened. But it did, which is a negative experience for all and something which could easily have been avoided.
DAY-LATER UPDATE: Replacement arrived by free next-day delivery... appropriately packed in protective inner carton (which is what I'd expected for the first item).
Amazon hat auf meine diesbezügliche Mitteilung großartig reagiert, nämlich rasch und unkompliziert: ich kann die Festplatten entsorgen, sie werden mir die Kaufsumme erstatten. Bravo Amazon.
The wake up times are very good when compared to a Caviar Green, so it's good for an everyday storage drive for say downloads etc as there's very little pause when waking after the drive been put to sleep to save power etc, say 1-2 seconds compared to say 6 with a Green. All in all, I definitely recommend this drive, especially for the price. Obviously the only thing that matches an SSD is an SSD but as far as transfer speeds go, I was getting around 120-130mb/sec sustained when moving large files across internal mechanical drives.
Now why only 3 stars? Well I went to register the drive and check the warranty. I'd had the drive about 2 days, ran the serial and it came back as having about 5 months remaining out of the 24 months you get with a new Blue drive! I queried this with Western Digital, they revealed what I already suspected... I had been sold a recertified drive. These are basically knackered drives that Western Digital then refurbish and put back out, usually for resellers to flog at a discounted rate. The fact they only give them 6 months warranty says allot. The fact that the seller puts them out as a new drive also says allot.
So the moral is, make sure when buying that your drive is DISPATCHED FROM AND SOLD BY AMAZON themselves and not a third party seller. Even if it's fulfilled by Amazon it can still be sold by a third party.
I returned the drive for a refund and purchased a new drive from Amazon themselves, this time with a full warranty. I have attached images showing the differences between the two drives. The most obvious being the difference in the stickers, the brand new drive has the Blue sticker, the recertified has a black sticker, but both have the same part number. There's also a shot of the faint 'Recertified' stamp that I missed when fitting (*face palm*) hopefully this review will help people avoid being fleeced by unscrupulous sellers charging the same for a refurbished unit with a dead warranty as a brand new unit with a 2 year warranty.