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WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM
|Price:||£41.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details|
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WD drives offer the features and capacity ideal for your each day computing needs, be it desktop or mobile, internal, external or business critical sever and NAS
From the Manufacturer
WD Blue Everyday Storage
Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T) benefits
This testing ensures WD products consistently meet one of the highest quality and reliability standards of the WD brand. WD puts its products through extensive testing in FIT lab prior to any product launch so that our customers have a hard drive they can trust when storing their digital content.
Storage for Your Everyday Computing Needs
The WD Blue sets the baseline for everyday storage by consistently delivering improved performance over previous generations while successfully maintaining WD's quality and reliability for over six generations.
- Available in desktop (3.5-inch) and mobile (2.5-inch) form factors
- Better for storing photos, videos and other important files
- Tested extensively in WD FIT lab
Better Choice for your PC Needs
A sixth generation hard drive, WD Blue has only continued to grow since it was first introduced making it a solid choice for your everyday PC needs.
Compute with Confidence
The WD products are tested on hundreds of different systems, configurations and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab so you can be confident that their hard drives are compatible and will work within your PCs.
The WD offers Acronis True Image (available as a download on the WD Support website), which enables you to easily copy all of your old data onto your new hard drive.
|WD Blue||WD Green||WD Black|
|Ideal for||Everyday storage for basic personal computing needs||Secondary storage for those who need more space for their data||Storage for gamers, creative professionals and those who demand the best|
|Highest Available Capacity||1 TB||6 TB||4 TB|
|Form Factor||2.5-inch & 3.5-inch||2.5-inch & 3.5-inch||2.5-inch & 3.5-inch|
|Cache||16MB - 64MB||64MB||64MB|
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s|
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The wake up times are very good when compared to a Caviar Green, so it's good for an everyday storage drive for say downloads etc as there's very little pause when waking after the drive been put to sleep to save power etc, say 1-2 seconds compared to say 6 with a Green. All in all, I definitely recommend this drive, especially for the price. Obviously the only thing that matches an SSD is an SSD but as far as transfer speeds go, I was getting around 120-130mb/sec sustained when moving large files across internal mechanical drives.
Now why only 3 stars? Well I went to register the drive and check the warranty. I'd had the drive about 2 days, ran the serial and it came back as having about 5 months remaining out of the 24 months you get with a new Blue drive! I queried this with Western Digital, they revealed what I already suspected... I had been sold a recertified drive. These are basically knackered drives that Western Digital then refurbish and put back out, usually for resellers to flog at a discounted rate. The fact they only give them 6 months warranty says allot. The fact that the seller puts them out as a new drive also says allot.
So the moral is, make sure when buying that your drive is DISPATCHED FROM AND SOLD BY AMAZON themselves and not a third party seller. Even if it's fulfilled by Amazon it can still be sold by a third party.
I returned the drive for a refund and purchased a new drive from Amazon themselves, this time with a full warranty.Read more ›
A Note for new builders Remember to go through a New volume setup and then format the hard drive.
type this in the search bar diskmgmt.msc for windows 7 users probably same for windows 8 and other OS your see the drives in there and just right click on the new drive and your see what you got to do from there as stated above. Hope this helps non experienced people
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The drive is quite compared to some I've had in the past. Has the jumpers on the back which are used for limiting the speed from 6Gbps to 3Gbps and/or using the PUIS (power up in standby) mode, handy if you have a large raid array to save on power depending on motherboard compatibility and raid type. So overall a good hard drive, quite and for what you get a good price, would buy again for any more new builds in the near future.
Any problems with the drive and I will update this review.
PS, Two good tips when handling hard drives, always wear a anti-static wrist band if you have one, and once you've taken the hard drive out of the anti-static bag, don't put it back on top of it. The bag is only anti-static on the inside, not the outside.
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