Western Digital 500 GB Sata 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-oem Drives WD5000AAKX

3 thoughts on “Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX

  1. Howard says:

    Fast, quiet, solid My use for these drives is to replace a couple of aging five year old 80GB drives in Windows XP and XP Media Center machines. Those drives are still running fine, however, for the price, I had absolutely no reason not to upgrade them at this time.I came across this drive middle of last week and Amazon was selling it new for $29 – I was scratching my head thinking “what’s the deal” and “what’s wrong with these drives”? Sure, even though they were above $25, Amazon was still charging for the shipping – so I took two to bring the per drive shipping down slightly. The old 3Gb version of this drive was selling for over $40 – so again, scratching my head about this. Maybe it was a pricing mistake? Whatever – it was a great price.The drives arrived yesterday, same standard OEM packaging all of my six other WD drives have come in over the past 9 months. I used Clonezilla to clone the old drives on to the new, it went smoothly without any issues. I’m storing the old…

  2. Northeast Computer says:

    Excellent Quality. Great all around drive. This hard drive is the best mid-range hard drives out there. We run a computer repair shop and THIS is the drive that we always use as a replacement in customers computers.For 500GB, you just can’t beat the price. In my 15 years of business I have seen a few hard drive companies come and go, rise and fall. Maxtor was the beast hard drive of all time (until Seagate bought and crushed them). Now, Western Digital holds the best drive, as Maxtor once did.If you are looking for a great all around basic hard drive, then this is for you. If you are looking for speed and performance such as needed with a “gaming rig” then choose Western Digital BLACK series.

  3. Kerkar "uma_sam" says:

    worthwhile PC Upgrade We have a Windows XP PC with 250GB hard drive that was getting full with photos and videos. We therefore ordered this inexpensive upgrade to triple the capacity to 750GB total. We ordered the same Western Digital Caviar Blue hard drive as the original since our old drive has been quite reliable over the past 4 years. [Western Digital also makes Green drives that are cooler and quieter, but supposedly not so reliable; and Black drives for gaming performance that we didn’t need.] The new 500GB hard drive, as stated, is “bare”. That means 2 cables are needed along with it – a data cable, and a power cable. We found this out by contacting Western Digital Tech Support who were quite helpful. We ordered these cables from amazon.com as well: B0001Y8UI4, and B00009YFTI. The ambition was to do this at home; but realized upon opening the PC box that it wasn’t so easy – the connections were not easy to figure out including jumper to lower the speed of the new drive from 6Gb/s to 3Gb/s – that…

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