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WD Black - 500GB Portable SATA Hard Drive - OEM

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  • Desktop-class performance - fast and efficient hard drives that are sure to satisfy even the most demanding notebook users
  • Low Power Consumption - with power consumption levels equivalent to 5400 rpm hard drives there is no compromise on notebook battery life
  • Reliable and rugged - WD's ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks
  • Advanced Format (AF) - technology being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities
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Size Name: 500GB | Colour Name: Black

Product Information

Size: 500GB | Colour Name: Black
Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight154 g
Product Dimensions10 x 7 x 0.9 cm
Item model numberWD5000BPKT
SeriesWD5000BPKT
ColorBlack
Form Factor2.5"
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Wattage1.00
Operating SystemWindows 7/Vista
  
Additional Information
ASINB004LR1RPK
Best Sellers Rank 42,064 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight113 g
Date First Available1 Mar. 2011
  
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase
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Product Description

Size Name:500GB  |  Colour Name:Black

Product Description

Desktop-class performance.
These fast and efficient hard drives with 7200 RPM spin speed, 16 MB cache, and SATA 3 Gb/s interface are sure to satisfy even the most demanding notebook users.

Low power consumption.
With 5400 RPM-equivalent power consumption there is no compromise in battery life.

Did you know...
It's easy to install an internal hard drive in your computer.

Advanced Format (AF)
Technology being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities. (BPKT models only)

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 WD customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

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.

Ideal for:
Portable digital devices of all kinds including notebook computers, external storage, and digital media players.
Otras características:
Acoustic pressure emissions: 28 dB
Average latency: 4.2 ms
Certification: CE, RoHS
Colour of product: Black
Compatible operating systems: Windows 7/Vista
Data transfer rate: 3 Gbit/s
Depth: 10 cm (3.94")
Dimensions (W x D x H): 69.8 x 100.1 x 9.5 mm (2.75 x 3.94 x 0.374")
Dimensions (WxDxH): 69.8 x 100 x 9.5 mm
Drive device, buffer size: 16 MB
Hard drive capacity: 500 GB
Hard drive interface: SATA
Hard drive size: 2.5"
Hard drive speed: 7200 RPM
Height: 9.5 mm (0.374")
Non-operating vibration: 0.05102 g²/Hz
Operating temperature (T-T): 32 - 140 °F
Operating vibration: 0.00459 g²/Hz
Power consumption (idle): 0.80 W
Power consumption (read): 1.75 W
Power consumption (standby): 0.40 W
Power consumption (write): 1.75 W
Sustained data rate: 160 MB/s
USB powered: No
Weight: 0.25
Width: 6.98 cm (2.75")

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WD 500Gb Hard Drive


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Colour Name: BlackSize: 500GB Verified Purchase
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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Colour Name: BlueSize: 1TB Verified Purchase
I wanted to upgrade my PS3 Slim from 120Gb as I kept on running out of space. After doing some research on how to perform the process I figured I might as well upgrade to 1Tb at a reasonable price. Hence the purchase of this drive. So far, I have not had any problems and I am happy with the purchase!

This is the process I followed for the upgrade, and to make it as clear and simple as possible.
1. From the PS use the backup utility and back your system up to an external hard drive.
2. Remove the existing drive from the bay (little screw underneath in a compartment should set it free, as well as the front cover.)
3. Swap the two drives by firstly removing the 4 screws holding the drive in the bay. Put the drive back in. Attach PS3 controller with USB cable.
4. From a desktop, download the latest system software from Sony's Playstation website and store on a USB stick. Plug the USB stick into the console.
5. Power PS3 up, you will be prompted to scan for an update by pressing start and select
6. This will initate the setup process - follow the on - screen prompts. Dont worry too much about user set up, as your restore will overwrite this.
7. Use the backup utility and restore the backup you took in step 1
8. Fill free space with free games from PS plus!
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Colour Name: BlueSize: 1TB Verified Purchase
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 Western Digital though it's very decent and satisfactory for both laptops and quieter desktop pc's. It's also a good choice for consoles with 1TB offering loads of storage capacity.

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.

Performance:
I'm getting about 108MB/s read and 106MB/s write times, that's quite good for a 2.5" drive fast enough for most users and as a main boot drive

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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Colour Name: BlueSize: 1TB Verified Purchase
Not much to say about this - the last few laptop drives I've bought have been WD Scorpio Blue - seems a good compromise between speed, price, noise, power consumption, capacity - all the things which need to be balanced according to your particular needs. I've never had a WD drive fail so, while I know that some inevitably do fail, personal satisfaction gives me a bit of a bias towards them. (In fact the only drives I've had fail in recent times have been IBM/Hitachi ones - I bought this to replace the IBM/Hitachi drive shipped with my new macbook pro - I wanted a bigger drive, of a make I trusted more...)

I tried a Samsung drive a couple of upgrades ago because it outperformed the equivalent WD on spec, but it seemed to run quite hot, seemed no faster in fact, and, while it was no *louder*, the noise it made seemed somehow more intrusive, so I swapped it out to a caddy and got yet another WD blue.

No complaints about this drive. As with all drives, the capacity as stated is a little ball-park - I think this might have a few fewer sectors than some other nominally 1TB drives, but then it's only 9mm thick, same physical size as its 500GB forebear. Although the 12mm drives will fit inside my 17" macbook, this has more room to breath, I'm guessing that makes it run a tad cooler.
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