|Hard Drive||500 GB|
WD Blue Notebook 500GB SATA 3.0 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Internal Notebook Hard Drive Retail Kit
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- Includes free cloning software
- 2.5- Inch SATA hard drive and SATA 3 Gb/s interface.
- Reliable and rugged - ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks
- WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market.
- 2 year limited warranty
- Massive capacity
- Low power consumption
- Ultra-cool and quiet
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Wd scorpio blue 5400 rpm 2.5-inch sata and pata hard drives from western digital deliver lightning-fast and ultra-quiet performance hand-in-hand with low power consumption. in addition, these hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and data-protection features that actively watch over valuable data. capacities range from 160 to 750 gb.
From the Manufacturer
WD Blue Mobile Hard Drives – Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing.
WD Blue drives are designed and manufactured with the proven technology found in WD's original award-winning desktop hard drives.
Built to the highest standards of quality and reliability, these drives offer the features and capacity ideal for your everyday computing needs.
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.
Low power consumption - State-of-the-art seeking algorithms and advanced power management features ensure low power consumption and long battery life.
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 mobile 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 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.
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, industrial applications, notebooks, netbooks and external enclosures.
- Notebook computing
- Small form factor external enclosures
Features at a glance
- 500 GB - 1 TB capacity
- SATA 3 Gb/s or PATA 100 MB/s
- 5400 RPM
Top customer reviews
I have since learned of a feature of newer WD Scorpio HDs that many users (including me) may find bothersome. These HDs use a very aggressive power-management scheme that spins down the motor after a mere 30 SECONDS of inactivity. This can cause severe performance problems if you use one of these HDs as your main system drive. This behavior is controlled by the actual firmware of the HD itself; changing Windows power-management schemes or BIOS settings will have no effect. There is no real way to turn off this feature, as WD does not provide any tools to modify this behavior nor are there any firmware fixes available (not that I would advise messing around with firmware fixes, as you can totally brick the drive if something goes wrong). About the only workaround I have found is to use a program like Crystal Disk Info to temporarily modify the HD's APM settings, but this isn't really a fix because (1) the HD doesn't retain these settings and reverts back to the default APM value as soon as the drive is powered off (meaning you'll have to keep resetting the APM value every time you power up the drive) and (2) not all WD drives even allow their APM values to be changed. The only other way to keep the HD spinning is to have something such as a virus-scanner or media player continuously accessing the drive to prevent the idle timer from kicking in and shutting off the drive motor. For these reasons, I have to downgrade my previous rating from five stars to four. This would still make a good backup drive or other uses where performance is not critical, but I would not recommend using one of these drives as a system drive.
I bought this 1TB WD Scorpio Blue to build myself an external HD to use for backups. I've been using Western Digital drives for years and with the exception of one lemon 80GB drive I had back in the early 2000s, I've had good luck with WD (I have one 2002-vintage 120GB WD drive I bought used off eBay and installed in a file server in 2006 that now has over 80,000 hours of 24/7 power-on time and it's still going strong) so WD was the brand of choice for my backups. I also like the fact that WD drives aren't made in China, unlike others such as Seagate, which I stay away from for that reason (I won't trust my data to a Chinese-made drive). As performance wasn't critical in this particular application, the fact that WD's "Blue" line isn't marketed as a top performer didn't matter to me. Even then, I found the drive to be plenty fast enough, saturating the USB 2.0 connection well before the drive maxes out. With prolonged use, the drive does get warm, but not overly hot. After copying several hundred GB of files from my other backup drive (I always keep two redundant backups), the USB enclosure I had installed the drive into was just over body temperature. This drive runs very quietly; seeking noises are barely audible and with the exception of a slight "click" sound when the drive parks its heads (this is almost universal among most laptop drives due to their ramp-type head-parking mechanisms), the drive is basically noiseless. As for long-term reliability, it's still too soon to say, as my drive only has a few hours' worth of use on it but the old 160GB WD Scorpio (which I salvaged from an old dead laptop and installed into a USB enclosure) I had been using before never failed me even with near-daily use and hopefully this 1TB model will serve me just as well.
The new drive fit perfectly in the tiny space vacated by the removal of the old drive. The new drive attached to the same cable connectors used by the old drive.
I have now used my new 1 terabyte drive intensively for several weeks with no problems whatsoever.