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WD Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

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  • 7200 RPM 8MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
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The Western Digital Caviar SE Hard Drive is a clear leader in the race for the peak of desktop drives. Its 160GB runs at 7200 RPM with up to 100 MB/s transfer rates. Its breakthrough 8MB cache makes this hard drive suitable for high-performance home and business computing as it can handle both data-intensive and high-end multimedia applications. It offers average latency of 4.2 ms, an average seek time of only 8.9ms, and an average write time of 10.9ms, resulting in both greater efficiency and safer data transfer.

This hard drive incorporates WD’s Data Lifeguard, an exclusive set of data protection features, including shock protection, environmental protection, real-time embedded error detection, and repair. Its mechanism ensures automatic discovery, isolation, and repair of problems which may develop over time in a hard drive.

Despite a remarkable data transfer rate, WD's WhisperDrive makes this hard drive almost silent. The most common hard drive failure results from shocks: WD's ShockGuard protects the drive against damage from bumps and vibrations, and the stainless steel casing completes the protection, keeping it safe up to 250Gs while working, and 900Gs idle. Its SoftSeek technology offers smooth operation of read/write seek function, reducing seek noise, while the DuraStep Ramp technology locks the heads in a secured position even when power is off.

  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface The next-generation SATA interface supports up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-pluggable point-to-point connections to allow the Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS to deliver optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg WD WhisperDrive and SoftSeek Technology WhisperDrive technology reduces noise below the threshold of human hearing. To cut seek noise, SoftSeek technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, also resulting in more efficient operation.
  • newegg WD Data Lifeguard Technology Exclusive Data Lifeguard features include shock protection, an environmental protection system, and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.
  • newegg WD ShockGuard Technology ShockGuard technology instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations during operation. This technology enables WD Caviar drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days

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  • Michael T.
  • 7/25/2015 6:11:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReally?

Pros: None

Cons: Broken SATA connection. Useless drive
Yeah, I know, $8.99 hard drive...I just needed a little extra storage space because my main drive is a 128Gb SSD. Windows 10 will be out soon so I needed to make space. This drive came with a broken SATA connection. The metal connections were exposed, but there was no plastic plug for the SATA cable to plug into. How "refurbished" could this possibly have been if even GoHardrive could not have plugged it in to test it. Where is the quality control? There were no broken plastic pieces in the packaging so it obviously shipped like this. I had one time before used a GoHardrive with better luck. It isn't worth the return shipping cost so I blew the cost of this drive plus shipping. What a waste!

Other Thoughts: There are no short cuts in life and no real bargains...

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  • Andrew L.
  • 7/21/2015 6:16:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Customer Support

Pros: Cheap, Awesome Customer Service, Works Great!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Very friendly and helpful customer support helped me figure some things out with shipping issue not of their fault, but they solved it and i couldn't be happier with their service.

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  • Robert R.
  • 7/3/2015 12:54:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: good shipping time. item good

Cons: none

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  • Peter k.
  • 5/16/2015 7:57:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap, shipped quicker than expected

Cons: Burned out within a month, albeit with heavy use as a home file server drive.

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  • Marcus A.
  • 4/7/2015 2:19:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price!

Pros: I spent $18.99, so I was very happy with the price. It worked 10x faster on my system for some reason than the PATA drives I tried before which would not load Windows, so I suspect something is wrong with my board...I'm glad I tried the SATA drive.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Would buy from them again!

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  • KEVIN C.
  • 10/26/2014 1:00:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking

Pros: Working as intended so far. Slapped this into a camera system, so it's running 24/7. I'll update when it goes out.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I am throwing this drive into the front lines. I'd be happy to get a few months out of this drive with what I paid for it (~$20).

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  • Gordon S.
  • 4/30/2014 11:43:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThis harddrive sucks

Pros: It worked for the first month or so and then crashed.

Cons: Made terrible screeching sound and completely died.

Other Thoughts: Would not pick this up again

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  • John B.
  • 12/3/2013 10:39:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSo-so

Pros: It works
Was cheap at the time

Cons: Slow, even for a 3.0Gb/s

Other Thoughts: Picked this up for my mom who simply needed a hard drive to replace hers that killed over. Was on sale and I was short on cash, so picked it up.

Had it since May and it's still working, so that much is a bonus. Installing things on it or running an program that reads the disk a lot will see slow down, at least on the one I had gotten her.

That made installing the OS, drivers and the like a slow process. This wouldn't have been too bad as a second hard drive, but for her boot drive it's a PITA. So, I do intend to replace it later on... but as it's been running steadily for 6 months with no major issues, saw no reason to give it below 3 eggs.

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  • Mason W.
  • 7/30/2013 12:49:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot looking forward to a replalcement of the same model

Pros: fast for 3 days

Cons: Installed XP on it for an elderly individual. It worked swimmingly for 2 days until it started clicking, and then ceased to boot windows. Dell diagnostics gives it a code 7, which is drive failure, and it already has a good number of bad sectors.
Now I get to play the waiting game with WD's RMA process.

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  • Karen K.
  • 6/21/2013 9:21:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSecond One Ordered

Pros: Used to pair with another 160GB drive in a RAID1 array in an old workstation. Was happy with the last one I ordered so got another.

Works in an HP dc7900 SFF paired with the Seagate that came with the system and is working well. Would have preferred both drive be the same, but this is more for redundancy than performance anyway.

Cons: The drive already has 39,873 hours on it.
Makes questionable noises.
SMART logs report the drive has been overheated and reports a high multizone error rate and the Spin-Up time is slower than normal.

I doubt this drive will last very long. However the quick SMART test passed and HDTune reported to back sectors.

Other Thoughts: If this was going to be the only drive in the system I would send it back.

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