3 thoughts on “Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX

  1. 64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fast, quiet, solid, February 20, 2011
    By 
    Howard (NJ) –

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    This review is from: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX (Personal Computers)

    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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  2. 37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    WD Blue 1T Drive – So far so good., April 27, 2011
    By 
    Fred Wampler (Kingsport, TN USA) –
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    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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  3. 18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    If your drive is not recognized…, December 12, 2011
    By 
    DH (Tampa, FL) –

    I purchased several of these drives to use as spares for servers that had the previous generation SATA II 3.0 Gb/sec WD3200AAKS drive. Well as luck would have it, I’ve had some failures of those old ones and went to replace them, only this drive was not recognized by the computer. After a day of digging, turns out there is a buggy Intel SATA II controller out there in many makes and models of computers that does not properly interact with this particular drive, causing the drive to remain at the 6.0 Gb/sec interface speed and the controller at 3.0 Gb/sec; i.e. no communication possible.

    The fix is to place a jumper across pins 5 and 6 which will force the drive to SATA II speeds and make it show up. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with any jumpers, so hopefully you have an old computer lying around you can steal one out of.

    The same article on WD’s site that gave me the fix also said it was possible to perform this fix using a software program they offer called WDSpeed but they refused to give me a copy for some reason and said I had to go buy some jumpers.

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