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Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • Maximum performance for power computing
  • Dual processor speed
  • Rock-solid mechanical architecture
  • 5-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Brian A.
  • 7/6/2014 6:15:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother one

Pros: Cache, warranty. Latest of several.

Cons: OEM. Alarming packaging for shipping. If any at all. This one came loose in the box with the rest of the order. But it still works.

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  • Robert S.
  • 6/30/2014 9:38:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI Installed It, It Works

Pros: Easy to install, good partitioning and copy software included, and the price was easy on the wallet.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace an older drive that was dying and the process to copy the data over was seamless thanks to the included software.

Seems like a nice, solid drive. Hopefully it will stay that way for quite a while

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  • Lura T.
  • 6/28/2014 5:45:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black NOT For RAID

Pros: NOT For RAID SYSTEMS - i made an Error on my last REVIEW...

USE THIS DRIVE FOR RAID's: ~~~~
Western Digital RED NAS Hard Drive WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Cons: No Not Use for RAID Systems use:
WD RED NAS Hard Drive WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Other Thoughts: WD Black is NOT FOR RAID Systems - I made a mistake in writing this review.
USE the WD RED NAS Hard Drive WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for RAIDS
I will see if i can get the other Review Deleted as it is Totally Wrong on RAIDing Solutions

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  • Lura T.
  • 6/24/2014 4:14:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWestern Dig has Come a Long Way

Pros: This is a Great HDD for a 500gig'er. It is very quiet and performs with Zero issues installing OS Win & Pro 64 Bit version. Fast for a 7200rpm drive.
I used to be a Maxtor Only HDD fan then when they got bought out by Seagate i bought only Seagate, but after reading many reviews and technical specifications on Western Digital i have switched to using them on New Builds and have not been disappointed.
They RAID well and have excellent read write capabilities in any of the RAID modes.
I wanted to try a SSD, but all companies are having issues with those in one way or another. Some are size varied, or chips used or actual internal design.
The 6.0Gb/s 3.5" drive is a Excellent performer and so far with 5 used and running no DOA's or partition problems and they RAID in 0/1/5/10 modes with no problems. I use Security mode on every build just for that drive that just might go Kaput.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: No buy one get one Free

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  • Charles H.
  • 6/23/2014 11:03:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot so smart take 2

Pros: looks good.
This is an up date on my previous review.

Cons: I discovered the reason that the drive did not work for me. I have a multi drive computer, I do not have raid, I use the extra drives to try out distros and have many on each drive. This drive, it says on the Western Digital page, is not for RAID systems. I wish I had seen this before I partitioned and formatted it, I could then return it in exchange for a Blue drive that is OK for multi disk systems.

Other Thoughts: I think Newegg should mention this in their blurb on the drive

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Charles, we apologize for the miscommunication caused by the site listing. Please note that WD Black, WD Green, and WD Blue hard drives are not recommended for and are not warranted for use in RAID environments utilizing Enterprise HBAs and/or expanders and in multi-bay chassis. For all Business Critical RAID or multi-bay applications, please consider the WD Enterprise or WD Red Hard Drives that are specifically designed with RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER), are tested extensively in 24x7 RAID applications, which include features like enhanced RAFF technology and thermal extended burn-in testing. Visit the following links for more information.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/enterprise
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • Charles H.
  • 6/23/2014 10:36:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot very SMART

Pros: It looked good.

Cons: My computer hung on boot for a very long time when I installed this drive. then it announced that the 3 other drives had been recognized but this one was not "SMART". It said to hit enter to continue so I did. Using a live CD of GParted, I was able to partition it and format it. Then I tried to install a distro. Again the long wait, eventually the same message appeared and again I hit enter. I was able to install the distro, re booted and then the wait took hours before I gave up and removed the drive. Booted again and the computer booted fine with the 3 other drives. I do not know what the "SMART" message was about but this drive was not smart.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Charles, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced. 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

For additional assistance, please contact us at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • Joseph W.
  • 6/17/2014 5:59:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 out of 3

Pros: Nice brown box it comes shipped in.

Cons: Ordered 3 of these and one of them was bad right out of the box. Third time in 2 months I've had one of these drives be bad right out of the box. I've been a WD buyer for a very long time and their quality has gone down hill fast in the past few years. May be time to consider another company for my hard drives.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Joseph W,
There are many variables that could affect the drives integrity between leaving our warehouses prior to being installed in a computer. Please note that all Western Digital products are tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards before they are shipped to our retailers. We will gladly replace your device for you under warranty, which you can do online at the link below.
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 are happy to follow up with you on this directly via email or phone as well. You may contact us at (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs

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  • Joshua M.
  • 6/6/2014 8:08:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuy it

Pros: Great quality and is near silent. 64MB cache and great performance from a 7200rpm drive.

Cons: Wish I could afford a Velociraptor 10krpm drive.

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  • Kenneth C.
  • 6/2/2014 9:02:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB

Pros: Western Digital quality and reliability, 5 year warranty, Fast quiet drive, Free shipping.

Cons: None

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  • Cameron B.
  • 5/7/2014 6:52:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect so far

Pros: I believe it is a great drive. worked right out of the packaging just as it should. should have more pros once i get it installed into the customers computer. But since i normally only use WD drives I am going to say that it will help the costumers computer breath a bit more of new life.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: the only thing that questions me is running a test on the disk it showed low relocated sectors on one program, but on WD and HDTune Pro it shows its smart status is fine. other then that the packaging was perfect. much better then i have gotten else wear.

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