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WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 32 MB Cache - WD10EALX

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  • 1 TB capacity holds up to 200,000 digital photos, 250,000 MP3 files, and 120 hours of HD video.
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates.
  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation.
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  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation.
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates.
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Size: 1 TB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WD10EALX
  • Hard Disk Size: 1 TB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2
  • Form Factor: 3.5-Inch
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Size: 1 TB

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

WD Caviar Blue Hard Drives – Value and reliability for everyday computing.

WD Caviar Blue SATA hard drives deliver solid performance and reliability making them a perfect solution for both family and business computing.

Why you should choose WD Caviar Blue:

A wide array of capacities, cache sizes, and interfaces means there's a WD Caviar Blue hard drive that's just right for you. And because it's from WD, you'll have the confidence in knowing you've selected a drive that's truly world-class.

The original.
These drives are built utilizing the proven technology of the original award-winning WD Caviar 3.5-inch hard drives for desktop computers.
Hard Drive by WD
Value.
Built to the highest standards of quality and reliability, these drives offer features and capacity at an affordable price.
Highest standards
Ample capacity.
Store up to 1 TB of photos, videos, music and files on a single drive.
Ample capacity
Features at a glance

  • 1 TB of desktop storage
  • SATA 6 Gb/s interface
  • WD quality and reliability
SATA 6Gb/s
WD caviar Green
Ideal for:
  • Family and business computing
  • Adding storage in desktop PCs or external drives
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
Features:

SATA 6 Gb/s interface - Twice the interface speed with backwards compatibility to legacy SATA standards.

Cool operation - WD continues to develop new and innovative ways to keep drives cool while they are operating which helps protect the drive and the data stored on it.

Compatible - 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.

NoTouch

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.

Desktop / Consumer RAID environments - WD Caviar Blue Hard Drives are tested and recommended for use in consumer-type RAID applications. (RAID-0 / RAID-1)*

*Business Critical RAID Environments – WD Caviar Blue Hard Drives are not recommended for and are not warranted for use in RAID environments utilizing Enterprise HBAs and/or expanders and in multi-bay chassis, as they are not designed for, nor tested in, these specific types of RAID applications. For all Business Critical RAID applications, please consider WD's Enterprise Hard Drives that are specifically designed with RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER), are tested extensively in 24x7 RAID applications, and include features like enhanced RAFF technology and thermal extended burn-in testing.

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. Note: Bare drive does not include any cables or mounting hardware.

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.

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, non-descript, easy-open package.

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

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Comparison Chart
WD Caviar Blue WD Caviar Green WD Caviar Black WD VelociRaptor
Value and reliability
for every day computing.
Cool, quiet.
Maximum performance
for power computing.
The fastest SATA hard drive
on the planet.
 
Ideal for
Family and business computing.
Desktop PCs, external drives and NAS devices.
Photo and video editing, and
maxed out gaming systems.
Performance enthusiast
systems and workstations.
 
Capacity range
80 GB – 1 TB
320 GB – 3 TB
500 GB – 2 TB
150 GB – 600 GB
 
Interface
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
PATA 100 MB/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
 
Form Factor
3.5-inch
3.5-inch
3.5-inch
3.5-inch
 
Cache
8 MB – 32 MB
16 MB – 64 MB
32 MB – 64 MB
32 MB
 
Limited Warranty
2-year
2-year
5-year
5-year
 
Highest capacity
     
 
Highest performance
     
 
Photo Video editing
     


Product Information

Size:1 TB
Product Dimensions 1 x 4 x 5.8 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Storage Devices
Manufacturer Western Digital
ASIN B00461LT6S
Item model number WD10EALX
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,422 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com October 13, 2010

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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased the Western Digital 1 Tb Sata 6.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-oem Drive WD10EALX from Midwest Memory Outlet through Amazon. The drive was received within 3 or 4 days and was packaged extremely well. My original Seagate drive from my HP m9550F failed and was replace by the WD. The Seagate was the drive that HP kept shipping after a drive bios error was long known about. Information from the internet showed that lots of people lost valuable data because HP just kept shipping a drive with a known problem. Anyhow, I did get a bios update for the Seagate before it failed but it ended up failing anyhow.

The WD10EALX drive is fairly loud. I still have the drive located outside the case so that may contribute to the sound level. The noise seems to be from the head movement. The platter spin is silent. For the price this is one drive that is hard to beat and I am well pleased with it. My bios can't take advantage of the 6 Gb/s transfer rate but the drive is plenty fast just the same. I have loaded around 600 gig of data onto it. After around 3 weeks I'll assume it will not fail and put the case back together. If it fails I'll update this review. I noticed on NewEgg that a few failures were being reported. Not the long-term ones but the more likely out of the box ones. Here's keeping my fingers crossed. (Boot drive failures are a pain).

UPDATE:
OK. I put the case back together. The drive is not silent but it is pretty quiet. I can hear just faint clicks as it does its thing. Very nice. No problems with the drive at all. Recommended.
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It's a bare hard drive that arrived quickly from Amazon and well-packaged. I replaced a 500GB WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS with this WD Caviar Blue WD10EALX as the primary drive in an HP i7 desktop. This drive and the old WD drive show basically identical CrystalMark results, but it does seem to load programs and boot faster (I restored an image of the old installation to the new disk, so everything else is the same). CrystalMark shows that it outperforms the Green series drives I own by 20-30%.

I was looking at the WD Caviar Black drives, and saw some reviews that said they are loud, so I went for this one, which is advertised as quieter and cooler than the Black series and insignificantly slower than a Black. I don't have a Black series to compare to, but the WD10EALX is definitely louder than the 500GB Blue version, and also louder than 1TB and 2TB WD Green drives that I own. It's not LOUD, but it is louder than those other drives. It has the normal disk seek sound which is not annoying, but present in the same way the computer fan noise is present. If you are going for the ultimate in quiet, then this isn't it.

If you want to compare this to Seagate, then it is a 300 star product. I used to be a Seagate customer as their price/performance ratio seemed great. I got hosed by Seagate with a 1.5TB drive, the same one that everyone else got hosed on. They offered to recover my data for $900. I told them to stuff it and I only buy WD and other brands now. My plan is to use this drive a year or so and replace with SSD, demoting this one to backup. I'd probably try another brand at this price point if I had to buy another 7200RPM 1TB drive, but I am not disappointed in my purchase, just underwhelmed by the performance. It is advertised as being quiet and fast, but it is not quieter nor faster than the disk it replaces, hence the relatively low rating and minor disappointment.
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I went with Amazon.com based on reviews that they now cushion the hard drive box with special packaging, and free super saving method of shipping being the most gentle, even though Amazon's price is higher. Who cares about price if something delicate is ruined in shipping? In any case this hard drive is running quiet and perfect with no problems this long, means there should not have been any mechanical damage done to it while in Amazon.com (Amazon.com and not an affiliate) hands, and it was treated with the extreme care such very delicate devices require. Unlike some things throwing these against a wall - type of damage with insufficient CUSHIONING won't be good. Since I am more concerned with reliability than speed, is the reason I chose this model at the time. After Partitioning and formatting, this is the main drive of a newly built i5-2500K 16GByte Computer, and it was all I could afford until I can afford to get the operating system running on a Solid State, but whatever the load time for Windows 7 is is OK for me.
I am so happy Amazon.com fixed their "Hard Drive Problem" - the right way by shipping them properly (little plastic inserts) for the electro-mechanical devices they are. Be sure to pick the most gently-handled (non-throwing) shipping method too in my opinion. Bottom Line is I'm happy.
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Size: 1 TB
This isn't a review but it's the only way I know to post more information regarding this product. (I don't see the following info posted anywhere at Amazon and I looked pretty hard for it. And I have to check a star rating in order to post. I have no reason to doubt a WD drive, as none I've ever owned has ever failed. And I've owned a few different ones. So, four stars.)

I've not yet purchased the WD10EALX, but very well might. Info is too often not displayed at Amazon and I was wondering about difference in interface (6Gbs/s vs. 3Gb/s), since Amazon claims this drive is a "newer version" of the WD10EALS. So I wrote Western Digital with a question, their reply to which is posted verbatim just below for any who wants more info: (Note in the reply, "SATA II," whereas Amazon claims, "SATA III." From where does Amazon get information one wonders? Maybe there is a SATA III generation, but if so I'm not aware of it.)

"Dear Charles,

Thank you for contacting Western Digital Customer Service and Support. The model WD10EALX is a SATA-II device, whereas the model WD10EALS is a SATA-I device. There is no difference in the interface of the two disk drives other than the fact that one is faster than the other. Both of these drives are fully compatible with any SATA-II or SATA-I interface controllers."

Now I know that I could buy the WD10EALX in place of the WD10EALS for which I was looking and which Amazon does sell through a couple of its sellers at outrageous prices (although, in general, beware of differences in cache sizes; i.e., 16MB vs. 32MB. Price differs quite a lot based on cache size).
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