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4.0 out of 5 stars WD 2.5'' does not disappoints, 27 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: WD Black - 500GB Portable SATA Hard Drive - OEM (Personal Computers)
I am a long time WD consumer (my 1st HDD was a WD in 1994) and i've tested a lot of their products, both for private use and in my profession.

I've tried every HDD OEM out there (at least that i know) and my favorites are still WD and Seagate.

The reason i've decided for WD if the fact of the extended warranty that Seagate is not offering.

This HDD deliver what is promised (you can get the specs in this link: [EDIT: Amazon does not let me post link to WD site...]):
Before i did a migration from my old Seagate to this one i've run a set of test's and this is my experience:

(used Intel Dual core x86-64 with 4GiB RAM)
Read speed (formated NTFS NT6.0 32k clusters, no data on the disk) near 130MB/s on a SATA2 controller (note this is a SATA2 device).
Write speed: best value 110MB/s but average was about 100 MB/s
S.M.A.R,T. values report everything OK after a 2 hour read/write benchmark.
Full disk surface scan report zero defects/anomalies.
After endurance test disk temperature was normal. In fact it runs cooler than my previous Seagate.
Extremely silent!

After migration and running normal on my laptop, still no overheating, cant ear the drive spinning or read/write, Windows 7 drive to drive speeds metrics show values equal to my dry run tests.

In conclusion, its what i expected from a WD HDD.

Solid product, built for laptops. I am pleased and recommend it.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2013 13:45:07 BDT
Atomspheres says:
so why only 4 stars then?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 15:11:27 BDT
ExNoR says:
Hi,
Basically just because i felt the price could be a little more affordable...

To be honest its a 5 star product... i'm running the HD 24/7 and no problems so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 17:26:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2013 17:27:45 BDT
Atomspheres says:
iv just bought the same one and only just put windows 7 on and everything is running ok and fast so far. got mine at £48.74 is that good?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 18:37:27 BDT
ExNoR says:
Yes you got it cheaper than me :P it was a good deal in my opinion.

Go to WD page and download the free testing tools to see if your drive is 100% (well it will give you the info on the S.M.A.R.T. chipset and perform some read/write tests). With this buy WD offers you a free copy of Acronis for backups.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 23:34:53 BDT
Atomspheres says:
Right i will do that then thanks.

Posted on 22 May 2013 11:05:38 BDT
Andy says:
Hi ExNoR, I wonder if you could help, my hard drive in my Sony Vaio VGN-NW20SF has failed, which is a WD 320GB, I was looking to replace it with this? As I'm really not sure, also if it is, when its installed would it be a simple case of running the recovery disks to put the operating system and drivers back on, and lastly does it come with a cover as the photo doesn't show this

Thank you and kind regards Andy

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 12:13:31 BDT
Atomspheres says:
All drives come with a cover the picture is to show the insides. You would have to install a full copy of windows on the drive because most recovery discs are just for if windows crashes and only have files to repair windows and does not have a full copy of windows on them but you could try first.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 12:39:18 BDT
Andy says:
Thank you for your quick reply, and thanks for letting me know about the cover, I thought that would be the case with regards to the operating system, just out of interest if I was to buy a new operating system, would you know if I could install windows 8 instead
of 7?
Your help would be appreciated, kind regards Andy

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 14:24:01 BDT
Atomspheres says:
Hi Andy, You can go to microsoft website and download a program that tests your laptop if windows 7 will work on it and it will tell you if any hardware will not work if you instill it. you can also check on your sony laptop site to see if they have the drivers for 7 and 8 and that should tell you if you can upgrade.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 18:02:25 BDT
Andy says:
Hi TezMyo, Thanks for your help, and I'm sorry I may have misled you, the laptop was running windows 7 home premium, and I was wondering if I have to put on a new operating system on it after I replace the hard drive could I simply widows 8 instead?
On a different note I have found some software called RECUVER which seems to be finding some of my files, so I'm hoping for the best,
I would be thankful of any help, kind regards Andy
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