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Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Item #: 9B-22-136-769  |  Mfr. Part #: WD5000AAKX  |  UNSPSC: 43201803
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    Top Favorable Review

    Pretty good but fair QC

    I have bought several of the AAKX drives in various sizes. All are a speed improvement over previous AAKS drives. HDTune4.6 Pro reports of MAX MB/s 125-ish and MIN MB/s 65-ish. Access times sub 13ms. This is the standard Benchmark reports. ... Read more
    — Donald M. 2/13/2012
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    Top Critical Review

    Bad experience with this one

    It arrived DOA. Read more
    — Matthew G. 11/3/2013


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    • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
    • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


    • newegg High Performance Combining high speed cache and large capacity, the WD Caviar Blue internal hard drives provides solid performance to meet the most demanding environments and applications.
    • newegg SATA 6Gb/s Interface The industry leading SATA Revision 3.0 compliant SATA ports provides up to 6Gb/s data transfer rates for optimal performance and efficiency.

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    • Raymond E.
    • Verified Owner

    2 out of 5 eggs Failed.... after 6 MONTHS??!??

    Pros: It was a good boot drive... while it LASTED.

    Cons: I write this review after i find the drive failed me this morning, this was a brand new build and the drive only lasted 6 months being in the machine as my boot drive. this is HIGHLY uncharismatic of WD drives as ive had WD drives last me YEARS as a boot drive in other builds.

    Dosnt show in BiOS, dosnt show on disk manager, dosnt even spin up as far as i can tell. Its not a power consumption issue either.

    im lucky to have had a 1tb as extra storage to put the OS on to get my machine running again to write this review, but the fact that i have to re-install over 200 GIGABYTES OF SOFTWARE AND GAMES IS A WASTE OF MY SATURDAY as Steam and Origin DO NOT simply recognize already installed games and software on other drives!

    i would love to have my drive replaced or my money back so i can replace it and have my machine configured how i originally intended it, but given its now July and i ordered the drive in January of 2015, i wouldnt be surprised if i was told flat out "no". so whatever.

    Bottom Line: i loved WD... but this is the first black eye ive gotten from them. ironically the drive that i had to fall back on is a 2.5" WD drive....
    but its not like i had much of another option.

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    • James K.
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs Wow so slow...

    Pros: It wasnt DOA.

    Cons: Its insanely slow.... Its taken me 2+ days to install the windows updates. 147/219 on day two.

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    • Anonymous

    1 out of 5 eggs underwhelming

    Pros: Not noisy at all.

    Cons: it is slow, very slow, I don't recommed it for gaming, specially simulation games. it takes 4 mins to boot after just 2 weeks of format and installing FSX with its addons. So I'm gathering some coins to buy an SSD.

    Bottom Line: just for rarely PC use, iternet, music, movies...

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    • Sage T.
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs Underwhelming

    Pros: It Works
    Price

    Cons: It's Slow

    Bottom Line: For an "average" performance HDD, I find the performance lacking. I wasn't expecting Velociraptor performance, to be sure... but I at least expected it to beat the 5200 rpm Seagate drive I had in my laptop.

    I'll always buy WD, but I won't be buying Blue drives again. If I wanted mediocre performance, I'd have bought Green.

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    • Anthony D.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Reliable

    Pros: I've been using this drive for over two years, and i'm still using it today. It runs just as good as it did when I bought it.

    I also love the speed at which the drive transfers, with 6Gb/s, it reduces load times in games significantly.

    Cons: If your planning on gaming in the future, get a hard drive with a bit more cache, just to keep things smoothly running.

    Bottom Line: I recommend getting a one to two terabyte hard drive, since you can get a Western Digital one for around the same price as this one. You may have to sacrifice speed and cache size, but the larger storage is definitely worth it. (In many cases, it's actually and upgrade in which you Don't have to sacrifice anything)

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    • Hailey M.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Great Product; Great Price

    Pros: Great product for the price. Perfect for my first gaming build. Works great after 3+ years of use.

    Cons: No issues.

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    • Hailey M.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Great price; great product

    Pros: Great product after 3+ years of use.

    Cons: No issues

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    • George M.

    1 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: So far there aren't any.

    Cons: I bought this drive 12/31/14 I just installed it in my computer as a back drive. I have 3 other drives a Seagate 1T, and 2 Western Digital drives 650 gig Sata and a 150 gig IDE.

    The drive checks out as good but neither my Mother Board Windows will recognize this drive. I have tried everything Western Digital suggested but nothing works. The Mother Board is an MSI 880g-E45 I you are looking for a drive avoid this one.

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    • LAWFORD S.
    • Verified Owner

    2 out of 5 eggs not so much

    Pros: reasonable price

    Cons: short life. Hard drive has a light load and is accessed rather infrequent. It's not even six months since installed and its about to fail. At least its giving me warning.
    Not the quietest, but they don't advertise it to be, but it gets loud when spins up from idle and getting louder as its about to die.

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    • Josef A.
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs Failed after two years

    Pros: It was reliable and cost effective

    Cons: Hard drive received several reallocated sectors and became really sluggish after two years. Purchased in 11/2013. Going to buy another hard drive for the machine.

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