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WD 500GB Portable SATA Hard Drive - OEM - Blue

4.5 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight118 g
Product Dimensions10 x 7 x 0.9 cm
Item model numberWD5000BPVT
SeriesScorpio Blue 500GB
Form Factor2.5"
Screen Size2.5 inches
Computer Memory TypeDRAM
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA-300
Wattage1 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB0037NYQ6Q
Best Sellers Rank 35,663 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight422 g
Date First Available7 April 2010
  
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Product Description

With available SATA or EIDE interfaces, WD Scorpio Blue drives offer high-performance, low power consumption, and cool operation, perfect for notebooks and other portable devices. Pick the drive that suits your needs with the confidence in knowing that all WD Scorpio Blue drives are built to the highest standards of quality and reliability.


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I bought this hard drive to upgrade my PS3's old upgrade that was 250GB after searching around on quite a few websites I found this and decided to bite the bullet because I know that some PS3's dont seem to get along with some drives from Westerns Digital. I received it in around 3-4 days I cant remember on Super Saver delivery which was good time to be honest only gripe I didnt like was the lousy packaging it came in a sleeve type cardboard box that usually DVD/Games are sent in with no bubble wrap at all.

NOW THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT I HAD TO DO TO GET IT TO FORMAT AND WORK FOR MY SLIMLINE PS3

You'll need a USB data stick/Pen drive with 200mb or more and it to be formatted doesn't matter what file format FAT32 or NTFS once its formatted you need to then go into the drive via your PC/Laptop and create one folder in CAP letters called PS3, then go into that folder and create another folder again in CAPS called UPDATE. You need to search through Google or whatever and find PS3 UPDATE and download the latest firmware from the official UK site. Unfortunately I cannot give you the address as Amazon forbid it so I can only give you what you need to search for when you have found the update site and downloaded the file called PS3UPDAT.PUP copy it to the USB stick inside the folder UPDATE this is in case the PS3 doesn't recognize the hard drive at first and you need to the firmware data to format the drive its a little crazy but its what it asked me to do and how Sony have created the software.

AT THIS POINT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKED UP ALL YOUR GAME SAVES AS THEY ARE ON THE OLD DRIVE YOU CAN COPY MOST IF NOT ALL YOUR GAME SAVES TO A USB STICK YOU CAN EVEN COPY THEM TO THE ONE YOUR USING OR IF YOU HAVE PS+ COPY THEM ALL TO THAT IT EVEN COPIES PROTECTED GAMES SAVES.
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I've been upgrading my MacBook Pro recently as it's getting on a bit (bought in Nov 2009). Had been a bit nervous about fiddling around with the hardware in it but upgraded the RAM recently and that was easy, so decided to have a go a the hard drive too. Again, really easy. This hard drive works absolutely perfectly, my MBP was already faster from the RAM upgrade but unexpectedly the hard drive upgrade made it run faster still. Applications like iPhoto now just pop up almost instantly and retrieve photos really quickly.

Now have loads of space and a faster laptop! Seems to slightly drain on the battery more than before as another poster mentioned, but similarly I've found that's true for doing stuff like sorting photos and web browsing but actually watching video seems to be the same if not slower. So a small trade up but totally one worth taking in my opinion.
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I brought this as a replacement HDD for my PS3. Delivery was prompt and it has worked perfectly since installing. I can now install all my GT5 tracks and lots of music and videos. Its brilliant. Doesn't appear noisy (or at least no noiser than the old one) Very happy.
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I've no complaints with this hard drive it's got decent performance, quiet with little to no notable vibration.
Ideal as a replacement drive and the price is quite reasonable.

However on testing the Hitachi 7K1000 2.5" 7200rpm drive edges it out for pure speed (this ia a 5400rpm drive) The Hitachi has a bigger 32mb buffer and faster spindle speed yet still very quiet. I've no complaints with the WD500 though it's very decent and satisfactory for both laptops and quieter desktop pc's.

I would however steer folks towards the 7K1000 if it's their main boot drive and they want improved performance. The Western Digital is no slouch though and very respectable in it's own right. I've not yet tried the latest model so can't really say if there are any enhancements on that side of things. As it is a decent drive that's well worth looking at.

Will update the review should any notable issues/concerns arise so far so good though (I'm running a number of these and have done for a while)
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Overwhelmingly impressed I couldn't believe at this value my item arrived the following morning.
This item represents excellent value for money, the hard drive has worked faultlessly since installation.
I would have no qualms what so ever recommending the product and especially the company who supplied it.
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Ok got this drive last year and it failed last month, I understand that drives failed so wouldn't down rate it for that but I would for Western Digitals RMA service which was comically bad.

WD does have a site where you put in your drive number and they will issue you with RMA number. Not a bad idea but here is my first small gripe, you have to pay to return the drive yourself, so basically I have to pay because of their shoddy goods. Not a great start.

Ok sent the drive by recorded delivery on the 20th September and it was signed for on the 21st September.

One week later and there is nothing on their status page to suggest they have it (you have to wait 7 working days for them to put it in their system - REALLY ?

Still waiting and emailing them to ask where it was and finally on the 7th Oct it "arrives" in their inventory.

Ok now they find it is faulty - I knew that otherwise I would not have sent it back.

Now they despatch the new drive on the 8th October by what I can only guess is on the back of a snail as it is now the 12th October and tracking UPS says it isn't even in the UK yet.

Pray your drive never fails.... such poor service.
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