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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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  • John R.
  • 8/26/2014 10:43:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo bad for me I guess

Pros: It was delivered quickly

Cons: The drive failed to show up in BIOS even though I could tell it "spun up". Perhaps in the process of troubleshooting, disconnecting and reconnecting SATA and power cables, the bezel was cracked. Or maybe it started that way. RMA'd but Newegg says no dice:

Unfortunately, the below item# 22-236-345 HDD 500G|WD WD5003AZEX 7K 64M % was physically damaged and beyond the applicable Newegg.com warranty coverage as indicated in our Standard Warranty Policy.

Other Thoughts: I supposed I will probably shell out another $70 of the company's money so I can get this build moving (I need a pair for a RAID 1 build) rather than wait 5-10 days for the "damaged" drive to be returned, after which I can RMA it to Western Digital, blah blah. I guess after spending $1000's with Newegg they could at least see if the drive was really dead before pronouncing it "physically damaged" (bezel cracked by SATA power connection) and slow-boating it back to me.

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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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