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Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 3 years limited
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The Western Digital Caviar SE Hard Drive is a clear leader in the race for the peak of desktop drives. Its 320 GB runs at 7200 RPM with up to 100 MB/s transfer rates. Its breakthrough 16 MB cache makes this hard drive suitable for high-performance home and business computing, as it can handle data-intensive applications and high-end multimedia applications. It offers average latency of 4.2 ms with an average seek time of only 8.9ms; and average write time of 10.9ms, resulting in both greater efficiency and safer data transfer.

This hard drive incorporates WD’s Data Lifeguard, an exclusive set of data protection features, including shock protection, environmental protection, real-time embedded error detection and repair. Its mechanism ensures automatic discovery, isolation, and repair of problems which may develop in a hard drive.

Despite a remarkable data transfer rate, WD's WhisperDrive makes the drive almost silent. The most common hard drive failure is due to shocks: ShockGuard protects the drive against damage from bumps and vibrations, and the stainless steel casing completes the protection, keeping it safe up to 250Gs whileworking, and 900Gs idle. Its SoftSeek technology offers smooth operation of read/write seek function, reducing seek noise, while the DuraStep Ramp technology locks the heads in a secured position, even when power is off.

  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface The next-generation SATA interface supports up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-pluggable point-to-point connections to allow the WD Caviar SE16 WD3200KS to deliver optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg WD WhisperDrive and SoftSeek Technology WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to virtually below the threshold of human hearing. To cut seek noise, SoftSeek technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms resulting in more efficient operation.
  • newegg WD Data Lifeguard Technology Exclusive Data Lifeguard data protection features include shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.
  • newegg WD ShockGuard Technology ShockGuard technology instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations during operation. This technology enables WD Caviar drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.

Learn more about the Western Digital WD3200KS

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Malgorzata T.
  • 6/21/2007 11:59:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Just about 300GB of usable harddrive space, fast!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Huge harddrive, very cheap, very fast. Definatly recomended to anyone

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  • Gregory F.
  • 6/8/2007 7:08:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo support for Native Command Queing = PROBLEMS

Pros: Very quiet and cool. Works with some MB & OS combos, not with others.

Cons: Doesn't support Native Command Queing. Some motherboards assume it does (like almost every other SATA drive), and enable that by default (eg. 680i). This leads to problems when large transfers are done, eg. copying many files from one drive to another.

Other Thoughts: NCQ is supported by WD's 160GB and 400-500GB models, but not the 250GB & 320GB models. I am throwing two of the WD drives I own away because of the problems with Vista on 680i MB, and getting Hitachi 500GB.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 5/20/2007 12:51:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRuns hot - Died after 7 Months

Pros: Worked ok while it lasted

Cons: Died after 7 months

Other Thoughts: I noticed it getting very warm after I installed it, so I put it in the bottom bay where it had plenty of space around it for ventilation and added a hard drive cooler. It ran considerably cooler after that, so I seriously doubt that heat was a factor. Hopefully WD will honor their 3 year warranty since it’s hardly over 7 months old.

By comparison, I’m using another WD SATA drive in the bay above it, and it’s running very cool. However, it’s only 80GB.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/16/2007 7:42:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweeeet

Pros: Great drives, have been running 24/7 for a year now with no problems. Windows detected them at bootup, came pre-formated.

Cons: None
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/6/2007 11:07:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great drive. Quick and quiet, and everything I have come to expect and enjoy with all of Western Digital's products!

Cons: None about the drive itself...see below.

Other Thoughts: Took a bit to get my board to recognize the drive - my first experience with SATA. I would recommend checking for compatibility with WD on their site, as some older chipsets(like mine on my MSI K8MM-V) don't like the compatibility for the newer drives like this - had to use a jumper setting on it before it would recognize. Now that I got it running, I love it! Tempted to order another one if they come back in stock...

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  • Peter T.
  • 4/6/2007 6:59:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SATA drive

Pros: Fast, ultra quiet, 16 MB makes a world of difference, option to power by sata cable or ide power cable for older power supplies. Formatted like lighting with a maxtor formating software. I can't believe i used dos f disk for all my previous formats. Vista gave this drive a rating of 5.4 on disk speed.

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: Recommend use with a modern motherboard that has good sata support built into bios. Oh and no ghost, i have never used it but it rarely seems to work in my opinion.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 4/6/2007 7:41:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFollow Up To "Prone To Failure"

Pros: None

Cons: The orginal drive bombarded me with "delayed write error" messages. RMA'd it and the replacement is doing the same thing. Western digital really dropped the ball on this model.

Other Thoughts: I have a WD Raptor 150GB and a Hitachi 320GB and both run fantastic. These WD 320GB drives must have been made on a Friday at 4:59pm. JUNK!

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  • James L.
  • 3/31/2007 6:21:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It was the item i ordered.

Cons: I tried several times to ghost my other HD to it and it would finish and when i tried to start windows up it wold try and load and the kept restarting,error message bad hard drive when i ran my xp sp2 disk to try and boot off it ,no luck .I presently own 3 wd hard drives and it is my only bad failure.

Other Thoughts: I rma it back and am trying another one with better results,i hope.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2007 6:35:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsDied after 1 month

Pros: Easy to install. Was recognized. Was the primary drive for a home made PC and worked great first time out. After putting all the parts in system booted right up and windows xp pro was installed.

Cons: After about a month of working great died. Wouldn't work at all. I put in an older HD to verify it was bad and indeed it was.

Other Thoughts: Luckily NewEgg has great customer service and they are sending me a replacement as we speak. They were very friendly on the phone and the process of returning it for a working one has been easy. I only hope the next one works or I'll leave WD for seagate, and get the 750G model.

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  • Ian M.
  • 3/20/2007 8:02:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast, Quiet

Cons: Started causing BSOD after about 4 months of operation. Took forever to retrieve the data off before being able to RMA, was great before then.

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