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Western Digital WD AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • Ultimate reliability for video storage
  • Exclusive SilkStream technology
  • 24x7 reliability for always-on video streaming
  • Whisper quiet
  • 3-year limited warranty
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Learn more about the Western Digital WD5000AVDS


Western Digital
Bare Drive


SATA 3.0Gb/s

Physical Spec

Form Factor


WD AV-GP drives are the cool, quiet and reliable choice for always-on 24/7 AV applications. They are designed for media center, media server, surveillance, digital signage and other AV systems requiring perfect audio and video, low heat, low power and long term reliability.

24x7 reliability

Near silent operation

SilkStream Technology

Ultra-cool operation

Low power consumption

1 million hours MTTF (MTBF)

Preemptive Wear Leveling (PWL)
For Video Surveillance

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • AVL cctv
  • 2/28/2014 9:04:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsall that but it died after 14 Months

Pros: Good product. Original Equipment in some DVRs. have bought 12 or more and only this one has failed.
Three year warranty.

Cons: Failed in 14 months

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  • 2/28/2014 8:21:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None, DOA.

Cons: DOA. This is the second Western Digital drive I've ordered in the last year that was DOA. Will not order another Western Digital drive again.

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  • bytes
  • 10/28/2013 8:10:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDisappointment

Pros: Easy to install and very quiet

Cons: A very slow drive, I have two seagate barracuda drives with similar specs and cost that are nearly twice as fast. I can't speak to reliability yet but the Seagates are still running strong after 5 years.

Buy a seagate - they won't disappoint.

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  • 10/8/2013 8:12:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDied just under 3 years (to the month)

Pros: Its a hard drive. Worked for a while. WD support is good. WD is replacing the drive under warranty.

Cons: The controller went bad.

Other Thoughts: I called WD support and explained that I smelled burned electronics from the HD, and noticed discoloration around primary controller chip on the under side of the HD. WD is sending a replacement. Its pretty convenient that the drive died just within the warranty.

I was able to shut down computer before drive failure.
I had the drive in a RAID 1 so I still have a backup of all my data on the other drive. This drive always ran a bit hot, while its twin seems to be cooler.

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  • 7/26/2013 7:13:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied after 3 years

Pros: it's juts a normal hard drive

Cons: died in 3 years

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  • 7/18/2013 11:39:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Received Reliably, quiet, easy to install

Cons: Arrived DOA

Other Thoughts: My old hard drive containing my OS died so i needed this hard drive to replace it.... Yea, didn't happen. perhaps this HDD works amazingly when its not dead, but i have no idea.

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  • jdos
  • 6/28/2013 11:46:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Low price. Recommended for for DVR's. Quiet. Low power.

Cons: Drive was DOA. Wouldn't even spin up. BIOS just says "Drive Error".

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  • DVR user
  • 6/11/2013 3:11:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsProblems with this Hard Drive

Pros: This hard drive was made for DVRs with its low power consumption etc.

Cons: the HDD died after 7 months

Other Thoughts: I am unsure what to do at this point, if I buy another one ill get 7 months then it dies again, I had the DVR for over 2 years and it worked just fine

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  • CheriLovesJesus
  • 5/2/2013 3:14:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Hard Drive :(

Pros: The original order was processed and shipped fast

Cons: My Son takes care of all my computer needs. He recently preformed a few upgrades and I thought all was well. I am not a happy camper at this moment. He purchased a new hard drive among other items, and the hard drive stopped working with in5 1/2 weeks. I asked for a cross ship for another hard drive (same one) It has been discontinued. New Egg therefore could not send another. Nor Could they refund the money I already spent until I purchased another hard drive and of course the new one is way more costly. The only two options: 1. you buy same day online only a new item so they can refund your card after they receive the original item back and is processed then after that they will put in a request for a refund. OR 2. You send the item back and after they receive and process they will offer online credit. Either way I am out the money from the first purchase and I'm going to have to wait 2weeks for that money back and then I had to pay today the original cost plus $30+ more dollars to replace the discontinued hard drive. If it had been 30 days or less I would still be induring this mess because the item has just been discontinued. Bottom line I think they should have 1. cross shipped a comparable hard drive. 2. Refunding me straight away so I could purchase another thus saving me a lot of time and not making me wait so long for the part and a refund. I don't like being the banker. I could understand if I had the hard drive for six + months out of the 3 year warrentee, but we are talking about 2 weeks or less past the 30 days original purchase date. I know I am on a rant, but this is redonckulous~ Cheri

Other Thoughts: I would like for the customer service to be more user friendly when it comes to a customer receiving a damaged item. Don't make us be the banker. If a refund is due pay it right away, and don't make the customer buy a new product online right then and there before you will consider a owed refund. Not everyone has the money to double pay out of pocket while waiting for your lengthy process.

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  • Contrive I.T.
  • 3/14/2013 2:43:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Deal So Far

Pros: Very Cool, Quiet and Green (low power consumption). The 32Mb cache is a big plus for the price. Shipping was very fast with the priority option.

Cons: ~ none

Other Thoughts: Be aware: the drive comes in a "RAW" OEM format. You will not be able to install an OS onto it until you first do a full low level format. There are free tools for this (HDD Guru) & it takes about 1.5hrs.

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