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

  • Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing
  • Perfect for Desktop PCs
  • 2-year limited warranty

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Terry H.
  • 9/1/2015 8:09:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat drives for money

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 drives for the money, reliable...

Cons: If using in a high frequency write installation, these drives seem to fail somewhat early compared to black drives, but still a great value.

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  • Anil B.
  • 8/27/2015 7:25:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after one use

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: ?

Cons: I had used it only once to clone my OS hard drive. I kept this HD in my desktop (unpowered and SATA disconnected). I came back to check it and plugged it it. All it did was made hard clanking noises.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2015 4:55:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFailed after 1 Year of Use

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: was a pretty good price for the drive
-7200 RPM
-6.0GB/S

Cons: It failed on me after 1 single year of use. When I started up my computer, all I heard was the drive grinding and sometimes the OS wouldn't even boot. It ended up corrupting a lot of my files.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/10/2015 2:23:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlright HDD

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: Good (less than 50$ at time of purchase) GB/dollar of most other well reviewed HDDs.

Cons: Died after 2 years, 9 months of nearly continuous service.

Other Thoughts: Bought a pair of these to be setup as a RAID1 for a new PC build.
The drive(s) functioned as both the OS drive and torrent drive for the first 2 years of service.
They were essentially in use 20+ hours a day until that job was shifted to a 1TB RAID1 I added to the tower later on.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/1/2015 4:06:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

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: Stores your stuff

Cons: So slow, I got a 1 TB WD Blue 7200 RPM and 64 cache for only just a few bucks mire

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/1/2015 4:33:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsso far so good

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 has been working fine for a year so far and I haven't seen any performance loss

Cons: slow for os and programs, I recommend an ssd for boot drive and this thing for storage

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  • Raymond E.
  • 7/18/2015 11:34:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

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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  • James K.
  • 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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  • Anonymous
  • 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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  • Sage T.
  • 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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