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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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  • Jeremy J.
  • 8/21/2014 11:37:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD's customer service

Pros: WD's customer service is great. I had an unfortunate failed after 2 years. But I back up my data. Anyway. After my failure WD gave me a 1tb black as a replacement.

Cons: In my experience. Drives usually only last a few years of heavy use. Good to have the 5yr warranty. I have had drives go the distance, but when you have a lot of drives your chances of 1 failing go up. Still good mechanical drives for the money.

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  • Alex W.
  • 8/20/2014 7:25:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThought I ordered the 1tb

Pros: Works, fast. Using it as my storage drive.

Cons: Clicked this while searching through 1tb hdd's, thought I was getting it for a steal but I actually ended up paying a bit more.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/10/2014 10:41:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood Drive

Pros: Good reasonable drive with my highpoint dock!!

Cons: when WD will have 6TB drive available?

Other Thoughts: will try stripe 2 of these drives with my 2 bay dock, should be able to break 200MB/s speed

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  • Joseph M.
  • 7/18/2014 7:53:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works great, a good drive from western!!

Pros: In the past I didn't hear the best things about Western Digital, but this drive is really good. I ran some hard drive health tests and it's held up great. It doesn't make much noise if any noise.

Cons: I haven't run into any issues yet and I don't plan too for some years hopefully.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 7/18/2014 8:28:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs500GB

Pros: Formatted and installed as a drive should.

Cons: None yet.

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  • Kyle L.
  • 7/16/2014 9:15:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD Black 500G

Pros: works well as my data drive

Cons: No issues so far

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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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