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

  • Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing
  • Perfect for Desktop PCs
  • 2-year limited warranty
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Learn more about the Western Digital WD5000AAKX

Model

Brand
Western Digital
Series
WD Blue
Model
WD5000AAKX
Packaging
Bare Drive

Performance

Interface
SATA 6.0Gb/s
Capacity
500GB
RPM
7200 RPM
Cache
16MB

Physical Spec

Form Factor
3.5"

Features

Features
Solid performance - WD Caviar Blue drives are built to deliver rock-solid performance ideal for family and business computing.

Ultra cool and quiet - Keeping the drive cool enhances reliability. WD continues to develop new and innovative ways to keep drives cool while they are operating which helps protect the drive and the data stored on it.

NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.

ShockGuard - Instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations while it is running. This technology enables WD Caviar Blue drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.

Compatible - WD perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.
Usage
For Daily Computing

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Aaron H.
  • 4/23/2014 7:17:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Value

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

Pros: As good as the flagship model from any other manufacturer. The only better HDD is the WD Black.
I've seen a lot of these over the years, and they hold up pretty well.
This is a good pick for any mid-range PC.

Cons: Can't think of any cons.

Other Thoughts: Stay away from the WD Green. It's a brick.
Also, if you don't understand that HDD's have high DOA rates, no matter how well made, you shouldn't be commenting.

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  • Brian R.
  • 4/22/2014 9:13:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good

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

Pros: It's a functional SATA drive with a decent cache.
Performance is average, about 130mb/s sustained read on the 6g/s connectors on my board. Access times were around 17ms.
Good price.

Cons: It's a hard disk.

Other Thoughts: I'll return to this review in the future and share what I can of it's reliability, but I doubt there will be problems.
If you're considering this drive, you might as well get it.

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  • Lindy D.
  • 4/15/2014 8:41:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

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

Pros: I bought this because my other hard drive burnt out. So far so good, works great like it should. Arrived really quickly as I bought this the day my original hard drive died.

Cons: None

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  • Barry M.
  • 4/12/2014 5:40:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVoting? Let you know in a year or so

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

Pros: Reliable, so far: my previous drive, Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5", is 2.5 yrs old and runs perfectly. NewEgg apparently still carries it because the link from my 2011 email confirm pulls it up, @ $5 less. Don't what the diff is except for model #. I'm using 2 5000AAKX in a hot swap, finally doing the safe-deposit routine, become adult after 25 yrs of computer use: DUH!

Cons: None yet. I hope that I don't have to edit this...

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  • Tyler J.
  • 4/10/2014 11:59:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWDC500AAKX Hard Drive

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

Pros: I love Western Digital. I have never had one fail yet since i worked on computers for 14 years. I sure hope Western Digital Keeps up what they are doing producing a nice efficient hard drive, That runs fast. runs cool. And never has problems.

Cons: I have nothing to say for this.

Other Thoughts: But. Please beware of Hitachi's They are Western Digital Now but they don't work to great. And Seagate. They have went down hill since maxtor was in place. And Samsung is bad. I would stick with Western Digital. Thanks Newegg! Again for the great product as always!!! Nice package to!

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  • John R.
  • 4/9/2014 10:27:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFRUSTRATED!!!

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

Pros: Newegg shipping is fast! As usual.

Cons: The initial unit received was not detected by my mobo's BIOS (MSI A78m-E35) and was accompanied by a repetitive clicking sound (the actuator arm flailing about). This situation was made more to my disliking by the fact that I had to pull my CPUs heatsink/fan assembly in order to extract the drive. OK, that's cool. It happens. Newegg RMA to the rescue. Received the replacement drive and...DOA. The first HDDs behavior is replicated with stunning similarity. Come on now! Two in a row!? Fine. Newegg RMA for a refund and I'm going with another manufacturer. Ordered a Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 on Monday (4/7) and it was delivered Tuesday morning (Go Newegg!). I mounted the unit in the top portion of the chassis drive cage this time so it could clear the heatsink/fan if it needed to be extracted at some point. Alright, system power on, slow BIOS POST... hmm, drive not detected. I try a different SATA cable... nope. I try another SATA port that detects my DVD burner... nope. While the machine is on I lean in closer and I can hear the drive emitting a repetitive buzzing sound. You have got to be s*itting me! Third time...unlucky!!? Newegg RMA for a replacement. I'm a masochist that way. Others may have had better luck with WD, but I have become ever more worrisome with them. In the past, I've had two WDs experience sudden death on two separate occasions and I lost some data during one of the events due to my lack of diligence in maintaining a backup. I gotta tell ya, though... Seagate ain't exactly warming the cockles of my heart, just yet. Cross your fingers and say a prayer for me 'cause if drive #4 don't work... I think I'll be making for the deep end... in a hand-basket... on the red-eye... express ticket... one way.

Other Thoughts: Can I just have a drive that works?

Manufacturer Response:

Hello H. Hughes, we are sorry to hear you had a bad. All Western Digital products are tested and determined to meet WDs stringent quality standards before they are shipped to our resellers. We understand your situation and will gladly replace your in-warranty drive, as we stand by our products and their associated warranties.
How to get an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8

We would appreciate the opportunity to assist you directly in order to address any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • Daniel C.
  • 4/7/2014 9:33:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat fast drive

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

Pros: Installed lots of wd and seagate drives. Never any problem.

Cons: none

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  • Matthew S.
  • 4/7/2014 8:11:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk - Till the Warranty Ran Out

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

Pros: Ran fine, till 2 months after the warranty ran out.

Cons: All WD drives I have ever bought did the same thing. Usually just after the warranty is over.

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  • Julian R.
  • 4/2/2014 10:25:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital Blue

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

Pros: Works great. Western Digital reliability. WD also my first choice for Hard Drives.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have multiple WD drives some more than 7 years old and they still work with no problems.

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  • Gregory S.
  • 4/2/2014 1:03:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital WD Blue 500 gig

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

Pros: Came packaged very nicely
Arrived on time
Plugged in and installed OS
No problems

Cons: None

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