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Western Digital Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
  • SATA 6.0Gb/s
  • For Power Computing
  • 5 years limited
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  • newegg 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.
  • newegg High Performance Electronics Architecture The electronics architecture of WD Caviar Black 500GB SATA 3Gb/s drive employs dual processor - twice the processing power, and 32 MB colossal cache to maximize performance.
  • newegg IntelliSeek Technology WD’s IntelliSeek technology proactively calculates an optimum seek speed to eliminate hasty movement of the actuator, resulting in lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
  • newegg SATA 6 Gb/s Interface SATA 6Gb/s (SATA Revision 3.0) provides twice the bus bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s (SATA II) along with enhancements including a new Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and improved power management capabilities. SATA 6 Gb/s uses the same connector as SATA 3 Gb/s and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS X.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Arthur G.
  • 6/11/2015 6:59:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOnly up to date hardware in my system...

Pros: Quick
Long life
Low Failure rates
Long warranty

Cons: All hard drives can ship a brick

Other Thoughts: Bought this in 2011 during the flooding in thailand (~80% of THE WORLD'S supply of HDs come from there) for almost $200. WD Black are the best IMO, backed by manufacturers warranty. This is the only piece of technology left in my computer besides my case that is still relevant. I understand some people might get bad hard drives but that is the case with any technology. I haven't had a single problem with any WD product. 4 years strong.

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  • Joseph G.
  • 4/8/2015 7:47:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

Pros: Going on 4 years, no issues.

Cons: None.

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  • Neill R.
  • 11/28/2014 7:19:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Pros: The drive was easily installed, and loading it with an operating system (Windows 7) and transitioning to daily usage was a breeze. After installing an SSD around a year later, it works equally well as a backup and media drive while the SSD runs all of the operating system files. No problems to report.

Cons: None to report in two years of ownership.

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  • Richard G.
  • 11/16/2014 7:44:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery Disappointed

Pros: Worked great in the beginning. Decent speed.

Cons: Died three years later. I mean completely dead. Tried on three separate systems. None of them will even boot with the disk attached, even when it isn't the boot disk. Took to a data recovery company and they want $1600 to recover the data. They say it has both bad sectors and mechanical failure.

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  • LOGAN P.
  • 11/8/2014 9:19:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive!

Pros: Bought in 2011, only $49.99 then and for some odd reason it jumped drastically in price but I say it's still worth it. Very reliable and no problems after 3 years. It is very quiet and fast.

Cons: None

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  • Matthew P.
  • 2/25/2014 1:32:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome WD reliability

Pros: bought this 2011 for $50, gone up in price since then? probably cause these drives are awesome and 5 year warranty, looking back wish i had gotten more for raid 0.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: definitely will but WD again for disc drives, need that ssd now though :)

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  • Michael C.
  • 12/19/2013 12:02:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFail but still Happy

Pros: Good solid WD Black quality. Easy RMS process. This device was replaced with another WD black. Only out of pocket was <$7 shipping to WD.

Cons: Yes, this drive started to fail after 3+ years and it was noticed before complete failure. I was able to transfer nearly all my data over to another drive prior to RMA this drive to WD. The data I didn't transfer was by choice not because it was lost. Acronis and WD Data Lifeguard are good tools, they stay on my system and I check my drives regularly.

Other Thoughts: System started running sluggish and especially when accessing 500GB secondary drive. Acronis and WD Utilities shows bad drive, would not finish tests ended in premature failure. Followed WD RMA process and choose non-prepaid return (since this was a backup drive). I was able to save 95% of data on my main drive prior to sending it back. No fuss. These drives are 3+ years old. I cannot conplain one bit. System is on 24/7/365

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  • Jason M.
  • 12/9/2013 4:26:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill going strong.

Pros: Got it 2-23-2011 and it's still going strong.

Cons: it's not a ssd ha

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/29/2013 8:24:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnever had a problem with the blacks

Pros: using in an external enclosure on occasion. still running great, very fast, no complaints. not loud.

Cons: nothing

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  • Dillon D.
  • 9/11/2013 4:43:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsStarting to fail.

Pros: Quick, quiet, and never had any trouble out of it.. until now. (see below)

Cons: I've had this very hard drive since March of 2011, and just the day before yesterday my PC started throwing me BSODs one after another. After some debugging and testing, it's the hard drive. The diagnostic program straight off of Western Digital's website failed on both a quick and extended test, within seconds of starting them.

The drive will boot to safe mode (it's the main drive, unfortunately) and seemingly stay there just fine, but seconds after booting normally and logging on to a user profile (which takes substantially longer than normal), I get another BSOD.

I see this drive is now discontinued despite being under the 5 year warranty. Hopefully I'll be able to return it or something. This is the second or third drive from WD I've had fail well within the warranty period.

Other Thoughts: The drive was never heavily used despite being the main drive for this PC. Other than normal day-to-day operations, there was never a time when the drive was really stressed (ie: large amounts of data being put on to or taken off of it in short periods of time, etc.)

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