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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing
  • Massive capacity,Slim design
  • Height:7.0mm
  • 2-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Ved J.
  • 12/2/2013 6:55:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDEFECTIVE

Pros: GOOD BRAND

Cons: IT ONLY LASTED A 2 MONTHS

Manufacturer Response:

Dear User, it is unfortunate that you have experienced a drive failure so soon after it was installed in your computer. Our drives are rigorously tested to ensure they are in good working condition before they leave our warehouses however there are many variables that can result in a failed drive, such as power outages, accidental physical damage, internal component failure, and computer viruses, just to name a few. As we want all our customers to have a good experience and understand your situation we try to provide world class customer service, and part of that goal in this situation would be to replace your drive, and investigate the cause relating to the products defect.

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

Please contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/ for any questions you may have.

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  • David D.
  • 11/13/2013 12:35:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjust got it 2 hours ago

Pros: Not DOA. Installing Win7 as we speak. Seems very quite for such a small drive with little mass (sound insulation). A few clicks as it writes.

Cons: The negative feedback from some makes you leery about buying the product. After reading the comments about head parking, you wonder why Tomshardware didn't have the same problems.

Other Thoughts: Very well packaged. The person who put this item in the box must really care what they are doing. Drive was in its antistatic bag inside a special hard drive airbag. I was impressed.

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  • Walter S.
  • 2/20/2013 1:49:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood replacement drive

Pros: Not a bad price for 500gb capacity and it works well.

Cons: Drive a little slow, but not to bad for 8MB Cache

Other Thoughts: none

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  • Leonard E.
  • 2/16/2013 8:21:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLaptop upgrade

Pros: I bought this drive to upgrade a laptop I recently acquired. This drive installed effortlessly and allowed an uneventful installation of Windows 7 Pro. Even though it is only a 5400 RPM drive, for the applications I use on it the speed is impressive. I will probably buy another one for a notebook upgrade I'm doing soon.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Nicholas J.
  • 2/5/2013 8:58:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works... with a warning

Pros: It works and it's cheap. For the price, capacity, and the physical format (7 mm thick) it's a pretty good deal. There is a single, important caveat however.

Cons: The Intellipark "feature" that this drive comes with causes the drive to spin down every 4 seconds. This means that the GUI hangs, videos stutter, music skips. Every 4 seconds, like clockwork. Just imagine that for a second.... borderline unusable.

This affected debian, ubuntu, and Mac OS X. The problem manifested as a loud periodic clicking noise every 4 seconds, followed by extremely high latency (~800 ms) as the drive spins back up. Not only was this somewhat irritating, but I suspect it caused greatly increased power consumption and would have shortened the life of the drive dramatically (mechanical wear and tear).

I managed to disable it, with a somewhat sketchy utility supplied by WD, that only runs in DOS. I mean, I eventually got it working, but only after spending 2-3 hours of my time on this problem. If you buy this drive, you should factor that into your decision.

In the future, I'm probably more inclined to get a drive without this type of power management. The problem essentially is, if the operating system can't coordinate power management with the HDD firmware, you're likely to end up with poor results. I mean, if the OS thinks that it's a good idea to spin down, then it probably is. On the other hand, the firmware on the HDD has no idea what demands are coming down the line. The only possible thing it can do, is spin down after a set period of inactivity, which is bound to yield poor results.

Other Thoughts: I understand where WD is coming from here. They're trying to make the drive nominally more efficient. However, the way they're going about it, by enabling overly aggressive power management on the firmware level, gives me the impression that Western Digital is trying to inflate their efficiency figures, at the expense of usability.

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the WD Blue, as this is not the typical experience with the product. Please note that even though your drive is designed to be as energy efficient as possible, it will never sacrifice stability to achieve it. As a troubleshooting step, we recommend running either our WINDLG diagnostics software or Macs built-in Disk Utility to check your drives health.
How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Win
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940
How to test a drive for defects or problems on a Mac
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/866
How to tell if the noise or sound the drive is making is normal
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/568
How to disable power management for WD internal drives
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/295
Is there anything we can do to further assist you at this time? You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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  • William M.
  • 10/30/2012 8:38:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It works, which is more than I can say for the junk drive that came with my new laptop.

Cons: None so far.

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  • David W.
  • 6/25/2012 5:42:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice & quiet, but overaggressive spindowns

Pros: Quiet, fast, low power. Basically better in every spec than the two-platter, 9mm, 500GB Scorpio Blue. Low profile is probably a plus, but didn't matter for my Mac.

Cons: Clunk, clunk, clunk. The spindown time defaults to around 1 second. OS X does not reset it when you tell it not to spin down the drives when idle. Search "hdapm" for the fix. Linux has this built in (hdparm?).

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