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Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • 7/18/2015 11:34:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsFailed.... after 6 MONTHS??!??

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It was a good boot drive... while it LASTED.

Cons: I write this review after i find the drive failed me this morning, this was a brand new build and the drive only lasted 6 months being in the machine as my boot drive. this is HIGHLY uncharismatic of WD drives as ive had WD drives last me YEARS as a boot drive in other builds.

Dosnt show in BiOS, dosnt show on disk manager, dosnt even spin up as far as i can tell. Its not a power consumption issue either.

im lucky to have had a 1tb as extra storage to put the OS on to get my machine running again to write this review, but the fact that i have to re-install over 200 GIGABYTES OF SOFTWARE AND GAMES IS A WASTE OF MY SATURDAY as Steam and Origin DO NOT simply recognize already installed games and software on other drives!

i would love to have my drive replaced or my money back so i can replace it and have my machine configured how i originally intended it, but given its now July and i ordered the drive in January of 2015, i wouldnt be surprised if i was told flat out "no". so whatever.

Other Thoughts: i loved WD... but this is the first black eye ive gotten from them. ironically the drive that i had to fall back on is a 2.5" WD drive....
but its not like i had much of another option.

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  • 7/8/2015 1:21:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWow so slow...

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It wasnt DOA.

Cons: Its insanely slow.... Its taken me 2+ days to install the windows updates. 147/219 on day two.

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  • 7/5/2015 4:39:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsunderwhelming

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Not noisy at all.

Cons: it is slow, very slow, I don't recommed it for gaming, specially simulation games. it takes 4 mins to boot after just 2 weeks of format and installing FSX with its addons. So I'm gathering some coins to buy an SSD.

Other Thoughts: just for rarely PC use, iternet, music, movies...

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  • 7/1/2015 6:09:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUnderwhelming

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It Works
Price

Cons: It's Slow

Other Thoughts: For an "average" performance HDD, I find the performance lacking. I wasn't expecting Velociraptor performance, to be sure... but I at least expected it to beat the 5200 rpm Seagate drive I had in my laptop.

I'll always buy WD, but I won't be buying Blue drives again. If I wanted mediocre performance, I'd have bought Green.

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  • Anthony Dragone
  • 5/11/2015 5:30:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I've been using this drive for over two years, and i'm still using it today. It runs just as good as it did when I bought it.

I also love the speed at which the drive transfers, with 6Gb/s, it reduces load times in games significantly.

Cons: If your planning on gaming in the future, get a hard drive with a bit more cache, just to keep things smoothly running.

Other Thoughts: I recommend getting a one to two terabyte hard drive, since you can get a Western Digital one for around the same price as this one. You may have to sacrifice speed and cache size, but the larger storage is definitely worth it. (In many cases, it's actually and upgrade in which you Don't have to sacrifice anything)

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  • 4/20/2015 5:47:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product; Great Price

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great product for the price. Perfect for my first gaming build. Works great after 3+ years of use.

Cons: No issues.

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  • 4/20/2015 5:45:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat price; great product

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great product after 3+ years of use.

Cons: No issues

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  • 4/6/2015 12:26:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: So far there aren't any.

Cons: I bought this drive 12/31/14 I just installed it in my computer as a back drive. I have 3 other drives a Seagate 1T, and 2 Western Digital drives 650 gig Sata and a 150 gig IDE.

The drive checks out as good but neither my Mother Board Windows will recognize this drive. I have tried everything Western Digital suggested but nothing works. The Mother Board is an MSI 880g-E45 I you are looking for a drive avoid this one.

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  • 4/3/2015 8:54:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot so much

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: reasonable price

Cons: short life. Hard drive has a light load and is accessed rather infrequent. It's not even six months since installed and its about to fail. At least its giving me warning.
Not the quietest, but they don't advertise it to be, but it gets loud when spins up from idle and getting louder as its about to die.

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  • 3/26/2015 11:35:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFailed after two years

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It was reliable and cost effective

Cons: Hard drive received several reallocated sectors and became really sluggish after two years. Purchased in 11/2013. Going to buy another hard drive for the machine.

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