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Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5001AALS
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- WD Caviar Black high performance 3.5-inch SATA hard drives co MBine 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB cache, and SATA 3 GB/s
- High performance electronics architecture features dual processors and bigger, faster caches for maximum read and write speeds.
- StableTrac -- The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking
- 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video; 5 year limited warranty
- WD Caviar Black high performance 3.5-inch SATA hard drives co MBine 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB cache
- High performance electronics architecture features dual processors and bigger, faster caches for maximum read and write speeds.
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|Cache Memory Installed Size||32||64||64||64||64|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||—||2 TB||500 GB|
|Hard Disk Rotational Speed||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm|
|Hard-Drive Size||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||2 TB||500 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||—||3.5 in||3.5 in||3.5 in||3.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 6.0 Gb/s, SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 5.8 x 1 in||4 x 5.8 x 1 in||4 x 5.8 x 1 in||4 x 5.79 x 1.03 in||4 x 5.8 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||1.61 lbs||0.97 lb||1 lb||1.38 lbs||2.12 ounces|
|Size||500 GB||1 TB||1TB||2TB||500 GB|
WD Caviar Black high performance 3.5-inch SATA hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 32 MB or 64 MB cache, SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and up to 2 TB capacity for the ultimate in power computing. Backed by a 5-year limited warranty. High Performance Electronics Architecture: Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximize performance. Colossal cache – Bigger, faster cache of up to 64 MB means faster performance. Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture: Dual actuator technology – A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy. StableTrac – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations. 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. Massive Capacity – WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities up to 2 TB. Compatible – We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems. 5 Year Limited Warranty.
From the Manufacturer
It's easy to choose the world-class quality of a Western Digital hard drive. We’ve not only designed a drive that's right for you, we've also made it simple to find. These drives are ideal for business, home use, or high performance desktops, and are available in capacities up to 2 TB. With our renowned leading-edge engineering, you'll always make the right choice with WD. And you'll never compromise on quality.
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WD Caviar Black – Maximum performance for power computing.
WD Caviar Black drives combine a high performance electronics architecture with a rock solid mechanical architecture to deliver the perfect storage solution for your fully-loaded PC or maxed out gaming machine. Cool drive operation, no-touch head technology, and leading-edge vibration protection ensure enhanced reliability. And we back it all up with a 5-year limited warranty.
High Performance Electronics Architecture
- Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance.
- 32 MB cache - Bigger, faster cache means faster performance.
Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture
- StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.
- 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.
5 Year Limited Warranty
Massive Capacity - WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities up to 1 TB.
Compatible - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.
How this WD hard drive protects your data
- Data Lifeguard is an exclusive set of data protection features, including shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates, and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.
- Data Lifeguard Tools are software utilities designed for WD hard drives that work with the embedded Data Lifeguard features to make hard drive installation,diagnostics and repair both simple and worry-free.
- ShockGuard instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations while it is running. This technology enables WD Caviar drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.
Power computing applications such as multimedia, video and photo editing, and maxed out gaming computers.
Top Customer Reviews
In the video, I am running a speed test and recording the sound with my iPhone 5 to see how loud the drive is. During the speed test, which has sequential and random tests, I move the phone closer to the drive to be able to hear the sound better. At the end of the video, I show two CrystalDiskMark speed tests. The test on the left is of the Seagate 2TB Drive and the test on the right is of the WD Black 2TB Drive.
Speed Test Results - As you can see from the video, the speed of the WD Black Drive (test on the right) is pretty amazing with results of 170MB/s from a USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock using a 500MB test size. When compared to the cheaper Seagate Drive (test on the left with a respectable 148MB/s), the speed is significantly faster, so you really get what you pay for in this case.
Sound Test Results - I didn't experience any abnormally loud sounds from the drive sitting right on my desk. You could hear it, but it was not any louder than the any other drives that I have used. When I get close to the hard drive with my phone, it gets a lot louder as you would expect, but I am essentially about 1 inch from the drive at that point. Once I put this drive into my computer case, I doubt I will hear it at all. In my opinion, while this drive isn't silent, it is no louder than any other 7200 RPM drives that I have used, and the sound is more than acceptable for the extremely fast speeds.
Overall, I am extremely impressed with this drive based on my initial tests. The speed is amazing and the sound is just fine. That, along with the 5 year warranty, makes this drive worth the extra money in my opinion for a primary drive that will get a lot of use. As with all hard drives, reliability and longevity is a concern, so I will update this review as I continue to use the drive.
So after Christmas, I finally got around to doing my system reconfiguration, which consisted of replacing my two factory installed Seagate 1TB hard drives with a Crucial M500 480GB SSD and this WD Black 2TB WD2003FZEX Hard Drive. Hardware installation was a snap. After I installed the drives and installed Windows 7 via an HP Recovery Disc, I copied all of my media and data to the WD Black drive and got really fast speeds and no problems when transferring well over a terabyte of data. I have an older HP Elite PC with an SATA 3GB/s interface, so I am not getting the fastest speeds, but a speed test of the WD Black Drive shows 137MB/s while installed internally. The previous test was via USB 3.0 which apparently has a faster throughput on my machine. Just to give you an idea of the speed increase that I am experiencing, my old factory installed Seagate drives had speed test results in the 80-90MB/s range, so I'm easily getting a 50-60% speed increase. On top of that, my Crucial SSD is showing 270MB/s speeds and 30 second Windows 7 reboots. Pretty amazing. In addition, the sound of the hard drive seems completely normal to me now that it is installed in my computer case. If you are interested in injecting some new life in an older Windows 7 PC, I highly recommend this combination of SSD and WD Black drives.
One tip that took me about 3 hours and a lot of pain and suffering to figure out. If you use a factory recovery disc to install your operating system onto your new hard drive and after install, you can't get Windows Update or Microsoft Security Essentials to work, you may need to update your hard drive controller driver like I did. I searched high and low to figure out how to fix this and even did a Windows 7 reinstall. There were a ton of people having the same problem and after several frustrating hours, I figured out that I needed to update my Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers. Five minutes later, everything is working perfectly. What a huge waste of time. So if you are having problems like I did, give that a try and hopefully save yourself some headaches.
Long story short, this is a great drive so far and I am extremely happy with its performance and pairing it with an SSD. Highly Recommended!
One month using this setup and I love it. The WD Black drive is a great workhorse drive that I do most of my saving to while my Windows 7 OS runs off of the Crucial SSD. Everything is really fast and reboots that used to be a chore are no hassle at all anymore. I wish I would have done this a long time ago, but now that SSD prices are dropping, I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you are looking for a nice boost of speed, I recommend getting a good SSD and pairing it with this WD Black Hard Drive. Just make sure to backup, backup, backup. While these hard drives are great so far, I trust no hard drive and have redundant backups locally on an always attached USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station, plus a second copy that I update occasionally in a fire safe, and an Online Backup solution using CrashPlan.
I have now been using this SSD with WD Black Drive configuration for about four months now and everything is still working perfectly. The speeds continue to be great and I have had no reliability issues with either drive. I churn Terabytes of media files through this WD Black Drive and it handles everything without a hitch. It really makes a great workhorse drive to combine with an SSD. I really love the setup and I doubt I would ever go back to a non-SSD configuration ever again, especially considering the continual price declines of SSD's. It is still early in the life of the drives, but so far, so good. Still Highly Recommended!
Just a quick update. I have been using this 2TB WD Black Drive and this setup with the SSD for 10 months now and everything is still working perfectly. No complaints and still loving it.
FYI, this is an "advanced format" drive that uses 4 KB data sectors instead of the usual 512 byte ones. So you need to make sure that you partition and format it using a utility that is advanced format aware, otherwise you may see a small performance loss. If you partition/format it with a recent version of Windows (I used Windows 7) you should be OK.
Western Digital may still have on their website a free utility called "WD Align" that will realign improperly formatted WD advanced format drives, although that solution is rather on the slow side for drives with a lot of data on them as the utility has to recopy that data sector-by-sector as it realigns the drive. The best thing is to properly format the drive to begin with.
The description spec'd this as having a 8MB buffer so the 16MB buffer was a pleasant surprise.
I confirmed this is a true OEM drive on the WD website. WD does not warranty OEM products so the warranty comes from the re-seller.
The drive arrived sealed in the factory anti-static bag inside a standard OEM carrier. The packing was professional grade, the carrier consists of a cardboard box with two plastic inserts to protect and cushion the drive. See picture.
My drive passed the Western Digital short and long tests with no errors. It also executed a zero write with no errors. The drive has no bad sectors. It is in perfect working condition.
I suggest you take the time to long scan your drive and zero write it when you receive it to insure it works properly. The Data Lifeguard software to do this is free on the WD website. Scans like this will take a little time but this is the only way to know your drive is reliable.
This model is several years old so it's read an write speeds are not impressive by today's standards. The sequential R/W topped out at about 60MB/s while random R/W was about 2MB/s. This drive will seem sluggish next to today's models and like a turtle next to a modern SSD.
Even today there is a place for drives of this speed. The drive is well suited for long term file storage, repairing an older machine, use in an external USB case, or for use in a DVR. Personally I use this type of drive to store backup images and it works great for this purpose.
So to sum it up...
This drive is an OEM New Old Stock item. It came professionally packaged and passed all the tests when it arrived. It's definitely not fast but it a good value if you know what you are buying. I would buy it again and I would recommend it to a friend.