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Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 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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  • Luis V.
  • 11/25/2014 4:29:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWD Black drive

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great drive, Durable and reliable. i have other black drives (760Gb) and thaty have been working for eyars with no problem.

Cons: For the size and cost I have seen other black drives offers for better $/gb.

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  • John B.
  • 11/8/2014 8:52:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdo not buy

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: none

Cons: I bought this to replace a drive that was on its last legs. the first one I got was not recognized by my bios. I returned it and it was replaced with one there was also faulty it was just spinning and clicking. I ended up getting a drive from a different store and now I am up and running

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  • Alexander M.
  • 11/4/2014 9:04:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well, good warranty

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: The drive is fast and reliable. You can't beat the 5-year warranty. No problems cloning another drive to it. Came in good protective packaging.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I will buy more of these drives, reliable for workstations and office PCs, fast for everything else.

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  • george m.
  • 10/26/2014 1:46:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs2nd failed drive in 3 months

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: worked very well when it did

Cons: 2nd hard drive to fail in 3 months.

Other Thoughts: had my son order one for his build and it was DOA.
Had this one and was working well till 2 days ago when it started to make a grinding scratchy noise now the bios will not even recognize a HD. now have to waste down time and pay to RMA. May just get this on taken care and buy a different brand and keep this as a backup.

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  • george m.
  • 10/26/2014 8:32:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsanother failed hard drive

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: when it worked it worked well

Cons: This is the 2nd drive to have problems .

Other Thoughts: Had my son oreder the same drive for his computer DOA. This one Lasted less then 3 months and is making a horrible scratching noise and the bios will not even recognize the drive. Think I may go back to Seagate drives,seem to be more reliable.

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  • Michael N.
  • 10/15/2014 11:11:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStopped working

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - There are probably many.

Cons: - Stopped working

Other Thoughts: Lasted well under a year.

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  • Robert M.
  • 10/7/2014 6:45:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HDD

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet, fast, and a 5 year warranty.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: In my opinion, having a 5 year warranty on a HDD is critical. If a motherboard or a PSU goes out, you are looking at a 30 minute fix. If the HDD goes out, you have loads of software that will need reinstalled and you have to dig through all your backups to get your file system back the way it was. This could take hours.

I have never had a drive with a 5 year warranty drive fail (order 100+), but I have had a few drives with 1-3 year warranties fail.

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  • Robert D.
  • 10/6/2014 8:25:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFaster than Seagate's 64MB Drives

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Well its faster than a Seagate 500GB 64MB Drive... and way faster than my RAID-0 (2x150GB Seagates 16MB)

Cons: It was just a bare drive so no USB Key for Western Digital Web site for Hard Drive Coping, but found out after reinstall that I could have downloaded it anyways.

Other Thoughts: It's a Bare Drive. It's faster than Seagate's comparable drives. Windows install only took less than 8mins. (WD Drive) Were as my 500GB Seagate 64mb drive took 20mins for install...

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  • Bruce W.
  • 9/24/2014 12:27:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive while it lasted!

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - Great price!
- Fast performance when used as my project drive for editing.
- I can't complain about its overall function because I literally beat the living heck out of this hard drive while it was installed - High heat, constantly rendering long videos, both reading and writing to itself because I did not have a scratch drive - ect. But hey, all things fail, just wish it didn't give me such a hard time with my precious data in the process - Just one egg knocked ;)
- Strong Warranty & WD Support is ALWAYS a plus!

Cons: RMA'ing this drive because it keeps randomly turning into an unrecognizable format, and or prevents boot- three times in the past 1.5 yrs . It all started at about the 6 month mark, when it would no longer allow my computer to boot up. It would hang up on the (GIGABYTE) motherboard logo. I troubleshooted a bit, unplugged the drive (because it's not my used for my OS) and everything worked fine again - Plugged it back in... and it went back to not booting. So likewise, I resorted to uninstalling the drive and plugging it into my laptop through a SATA to USB adapter - Was immediately prompted that the disk needed to be "checked for problems" so I did so, and clicked the option that said something like: 'attempt to recover bad sectors' - All went well, and I successfully got my data off the HDD. The 2nd, and third times, I was NOT SO LUCKY! And now this time it will NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE as being a hard drive. Cutting my losses, I am RMA'ing the unit. Thanks for the 5 year protection WD

Other Thoughts: Still going to use this line - Just wish it was MORE reliable.

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  • Mark M.
  • 9/18/2014 10:25:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine so far

This review is from: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Had it for just over a month and so far it works fine. I don't run benchmarks, but I haven't noticed any poor performance regarding startup time or games.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Only time will tell, but it's good so far.

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