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WD Black 500GB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5003AZEX

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  • Desktop performance hard drive.
  • Designed for creative professionals, gamers and system builders.
  • Performance storage available in up to 6TB capacities.
  • WD's StableTrac and Dynamic Cache Technology increase reliability and optimize performance.
  • 2X DRAM cache up to 128MB (6TB only) for faster read operations.
  • Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.

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WD Black Performance Desktop Hard Drive

The WD Black drive is designed to enhance your PC experience across heavier computing tasks whether you are a digital artist, video editor, photographer, or gamer. Featuring 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gbps host interface and high-speed cache, the WD Black is born for performance, empowering you to spend more time experiencing the things you love most.

1_For Loading Games or Large Files

For Loading Games or Large Files

The WD Black drive features a dual-core processor that offers twice the processing capability as a standard single-core processor to maximize drive performance.

2_Increased DRAM cache

Increased DRAM cache

The WD Black drive delivers high-speed transfer speeds and read rates of your files with impressive cache sizes of up to 256MB of DRAM on our high capacity models. WD's Dynamic Cache Technology improves caching algorithms in real time to allocate and optimize cache between reads and writes. This movement of cache for read data helps to reduce congestion and increase overall performance.

3_Increased Reliability

Increased Reliability

The WD Black drive is equipped with StableTrac Technology (2TB and larger models) by securing the motor shaft inside to increase reliability and help reduce impact due to system-induced vibrations from other components. By stabilizing the platters inside, the WD Black drive results in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations, optimizing performance and reliability.


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great HDD 9/18/2020 8:13:42 AM

Pros: Fast and reliable. Never had an issue with WD. Awsome transfer speeds.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this for anything from gaming to standard computing. Lots of space. fast and reliable.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good so far 9/7/2020 12:14:43 PM

Pros: have only had this in operation for a couple of weeks but like most WD drives it seems to work quietly with no problems

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: See pro's

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Arrived DOA, RMA'd and second was also DOA 9/4/2020 6:12:03 PM

Pros: None

Cons: Two DOA HDDs in a row, What are the odds.

Overall Review: No much more to say. Apparently it was a bad batch delivered to Newegg. I bought a third from a different vendor and I'm in business. Not Newegg's fault, but does go a long way to show you WD no longer QC's their HDDs.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi Paul Y.,

We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.

We understand that you had a bad experience with the WD Black Hard Disk Drive and appreciate for bringing this matter to our attention.

We were unable to locate you in our system with the information provided in the review. We want an opportunity to make this right therefore we request you give us a call so that we can gather more information to isolate the issue and provide an appropriate resolution. We'd be happy to help.

All our products must pass our stringent quality standards before leaving our factory to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship. We stand behind our products throughout the device's factory warranty period. Please contact us via the phone with reference to the Newegg review to ensure an overall good experience with Western Digital. We'd be happy to help.

Need Help? Please see our "'Contact Us" page for information
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
great hard drives 9/4/2020 1:04:59 PM

Overall Review: Love the WD Black drives! -reliable - long warranty

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
DOA 9/3/2020 8:27:38 AM

Overall Review: Drive was dead on arrival, RMA is pending and I still haven't been sent the replacement at this point.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi Anonymous,

We regret to hear about user experience with WD Black Hard Disk Drive and thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention. 

We were unable to locate you in our system with the information provided in the review therefore we request you give us a call so that we can gather more information to isolate the issue and provide an appropriate resolution. We'd be happy to help.

All our products must pass our stringent quality standards before leaving our factory to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship. We stand behind our products throughout the device's factory warranty period. Please contact us via the phone with reference to the Newegg review to ensure an overall good experience with Western Digital. 

Need Help? Please see our "'Contact Us" page for information
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Roughly 4 years and dead. 9/3/2020 5:55:45 AM

Pros: - Game loading Speed barely noticeable compared to SSD from my experiance
- 1 of the 2 2TB Black drives i bought is still running strong

Cons: - 1 of the 2 2TB Black drives died after 4 years of use

Overall Review: WD is one of the 3 companies i use unfortunately they are not doing as good as the used to since 4 of their Drives I've bought over the past 4 years.
5TB WD Black 7200rpm Arrived DOA - RMAed and returned working.
2TB WD Black 7200rpm Arrived DOA - RMAed and returned working.
2TB WD Black 7200rpm Died after 4 years of use - (checking to see if its still under warranty).
2TB WD Blue 7200rpm OEM Died after 6 months use - denied RMA.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi jason b.,

We regret hearing about your experience with WD Black Hard disk drive and appreciate your time for providing the feedback. Please let us confirm that there can be multiple factors that may work with or against the drive and we would like to have the opportunity to address your concerns directly as we think there were greater underlying causes that needed to be investigated with care resulting to a positive outcome.

In order to isolate the cause of the drive failure, it is recommended to connect the drive as secondary storage via SATA port to the computer and check the drive for any damage or defects.

The Best practice is to run diagnostics with Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows when a drive does not perform as expected or is behaving abnormally. We have placed a few helpful links below providing more information for your convenience.

"Testing a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows":
https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?ID=940

If the test is unfortunately inconclusive and you just purchased the drive then you should be able to return it to the place of purchase. However, if you are past their return policy, you can create an RMA through WD and replace the drive under warranty if necessary.

"How to get an RMA to replace a defective product, or obtain a power supply or USB cable for a WD product":
https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?ID=8

We would like to get a chance to work with you directly to determine the root cause of this abnormal behavior and help provide a positive resolution. You can contact us by phone regarding the Newegg review.

Need Help? Please see our "'Contact Us" page for information. We'd be happy to help.
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
gamer pc 9/2/2020 1:31:20 PM

Pros: everything is up and kicking
thanks many thanks !!

the only problem that as occurred is the WD black 4TB hard drive

no matter how we tried we could not partition it even the WD program sees it but says that it is not working my comp does not see it!!

so i returned it via ups to you

everyting else is super i like it all very much

it is fast very fast and the monitor it is simply fantastic for sure ! lol


thanks again Newegg!

Overall Review: if it wasn't for the hard drive id give you 10/10

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
as expected 9/1/2020 9:51:15 AM

Cons: did not bring a sata cable, this is my first buy for this type of device so I expected it would bring anything necessary for it to work.

Overall Review: will try to update this review once it has been at least 6 months

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