WD 500GB Portable SATA Hard Drive - OEM - Blue
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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)
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.
Installed Snow Leopard from DVD, hit Software Update to download the latest patches. Then upgraded to OSX Lion from the App Store again, free as I'd previously purchased. Last step was to restore everything from a Time Machine backup, job done went without a hitch.
Only point to note is that your MB Pro won't see the new drive when you first insert the Snow Leopard DVD until it's formatted, just go to Disk Utilities from the Boot Menu after the Snow Leopard DVD has loaded and select "Erase". When done just load OSX from the main Snow Leopard DVD.
Drive is actually quieter than the one it replaced (160 gb) and runs cooler too, no issues at all with battery life. You'll need a Torx Screwdriver set to remove and refit the mounting screws, Amazon sell a set made by Lindy for little cost which worked like a charm.
Highly recommended upgrade.
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Brought this for my father so he can store his images etc on an external hard drive case. Does the job - no issues yet! Fingers crossed!Published 5 months ago by Jasdip Sagu
Works great been used every day for nearly two years never failed once great productPublished 10 months ago by N
Bought this Hard drive to replace a dead HDD on a laptop. Works really well, decent speeds and access time.
It still works fine with 0 bad sectors after 2 years of use.