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WD Scorpio Blue 160GB EIDE 8MB Cache 2.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM
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- Massive capacity - Whether they are in an external drive or a notebook computer, WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch drives offer the most available capacity for space-hungry operating systems like Windows Vista, plus plenty of room left over for photos, music, and video
- Fast and Efficient - With 5400 RPM spin speed - even the most demanding customer will appreciate the performance achieved by WD Scorpio Blue drives
- Quiet - In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD's exclusive WhisperDrive combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market. These algorithms also optimize the way a drive seeks for data, which significantly improves power consumption. So now silence (and longer battery life) is golden
- Reliable and Rugged - WD's ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks. WD's SecurePark parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long term reliability due to less head wear, and improved non-operational shock tolerance
- Tested for Compatibility - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.
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WD Scorpio delivers best-in-class performance with low power requirements comparable to much slower notebook drives. In addition, you'll get the quietest 2.5-inch drive on the market with real-time data protection technology to help keep your data safe.
Fast and efficient - Spins at 5400 RPM for fast performance but has power specs similar to slower 4200 RPM drives. Low power consumption yields increased reliability.
Quiet - WD's exclusive WhisperDrive™ technology with SoftSeek™ algorithms make this the quietest 2.5-inch hard drive, regardless of spin speed.
Reliable - WD's ShockGuard™ technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks. WD's DuraStep Ramp™ locks the heads in a secure position away from the disk to provide another layer of protection when the drive is not in use. Utilizing the most technologically advanced material available, the drive can perform a minimum of 600,000 load/unload cycles without contamination - up to twice the performance of its competitors.
Rugged - WD Scorpio's rigid stainless steel top cover withstands more than 5 pounds of pressure - nearly 1.5 times the industry average - without pinching vital internal components.
Portable digital devices of all kinds, including notebook computers, portable external storage, digital audio, GPS systems, and tablet PCs.
Average latency: 5.5 ms
Depth: 10 cm
Device type: HDD
Drive device, buffer size: 8 MB
Drive ready time: 4.5 s
Hard drive capacity: 160 GB
Hard drive interface: Parallel ATA
Hard drive interface transfer rate: 0.1 Gbit/s
Hard drive size: 2.5"
Hard drive speed: 5400 RPM
Hard drive sustained transfer rate: 99 MiB/s
Height: 9.5 mm
Input voltage: 5
Operating temperature (T-T): 0 - 60 °C
Power consumption (PowerSave): 0.2 W
Power consumption (idle): 0.85 W
Power consumption (read): 2.5 W
Power consumption (standby): 0.2 W
Power consumption (write): 2.5 W
RoHS compliance: Yes
Start-up current: 1 A
Start/stop cycles: 600000
Weight: 100 g
Width: 6.99 cm
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
Top customer reviews
Now, a nerve-wracking event for a non-techie(!) - turn over the PC, remove the battery, earth any static charges on you or your equipment and take out the two screws marked with the "disk" symbol. Using your fingernails, slide the drive tray out from the side, remove two retaining screws (one each side) and the drive is released.
My heart sank immediately when I compared the two drives - the old Seagate drive pins were closer to the internal end of the tray than the new drive would be. I noticed that the Seagate pins were more in the form of a connector block, and was able to remove this "extension" piece and fit it to the new drive. Screwed into the tray, reinstalled and yes, it works!
A few application issues encountered: first, Outlook could not find "Outlook.pst": instead of looking for it, I let Outlook create a new, empty file, but turns out that this was all my emails, contacts etc.! No problem though - put the old drive into the enclosure, connect up and copy the file. Also, Excel wanted a .CAB file that wasn't even on the old drive, so I got that from the original Office CD supplied by Dell.
Overall, transfer kit and drive are superb pieces of kit and I'm very pleased with my 100+GB of free space plus useful external 60GB drive for under £90.
Anyway a solid speedy drive, and to be honest for how little extra the 250GB model is I probably, in hind sight, would've gone with that model.
But I'm giving this HDD only 2 stars because the first one to be delivered did not work, and the Western Digital technical support (which I contacted because I thought the problem might be with my ancient laptop) was completely useless and a waste of time.
WD say that they aim to respond to technical support enquiries within 'one working day' but actually it took 4 days, and the answer was a non-answer telling me to contact my laptop manufacturer and enclosure manufacturer to sort things out. Meanwhile when I gave the same problem description to a real expert he said the drive was obviously faulty. The Amazon returns system worked well and so I soon got another drive.
The HDD was very well packaged but you just get the drive, no spare screws, no spare jumpers (which apparently you may need for use in an external enclosure depending on which page on the WD site you are looking at) and no leaflet showing beginners how to install it.
Also no CD with software to help you partition and transfer data, but you can download a special free version of 'Acronis True Image' from the WD website which is supposed to work if there is a Western Digital drive attached somewhere to your computer. The bad news is this WD-edition Acronis software does not work properly so it is best to download a free trial of the latest Acronis which is wonderful.
In the end upgrading your HDD is well worth it - but it you haven't done it before take care to print out some instructions before you start.