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

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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
    — Debbie C. 2/13/2012

    Top Critical Review

    Bad experience with this one

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

    Learn more about the Western Digital WD5000AAKX


    Western Digital
    Bare Drive


    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    7200 RPM


    Storage Capacity Up to 6TB
    Boost your PC storage with WD Blue drives, the brand designed specifically for desktop and all-inone PCs. The WD Blue family now delivers data storage capacities up to 6TB.

    Improve PC Performance
    Pair a larger capacity drive with an SSD to give your desktop a performance and storage boost. The SSD maximizes speed of data access, while the WD Blue drive stores up to 6TB of movies, games, files, applications and more.

    Upgrade and Backup with Ease
    WD hard drives come with free access to WD Acronis True Image. Backup and restore functions make it easy to save and retrieve your personal data without the need to reinstall the OS.

    Future-Proof Your Storage
    With better technology comes bigger storage needs. Cameras that record ultra-high definition video at 4K resolution at 30 frames per second require a ton of storage. Handling all that media is a snap with our 6TB drive, capable of storing up to 281.25 hours of 4K video.

    Additional Features
    NoTouch Ramp Load Technology - Safely positions the recording head off the disk surface to protect your data.
    IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
    Data LifeGuard Advanced - algorithms monitor your drive continuously so it stays in optimum health.
    For Daily Computing


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    Customer Reviews of the Western Digital WD5000AAKX

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    4 out of 5 eggs Based on 1003 Reviews

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    • Anonymous
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: Seller fixed an error with order

    Cons: Took a long time to arrive

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    • Anonymous

    1 out of 5 eggs DO NOT BUY! This drive WILL fail!

    Pros: There is no pro to this drive.

    Cons: I have had 30 of these WD500AAKX drives come preinstalled in Dell 7010s for my work.
    EVERY SINGLE ONE has failed within a year. Yes Every single one.

    These drives will be fine one day and then without any warning, the system will stall, when you reboot it will hang.
    The drive from that moment on is essentially garbage. You won't be getting anything off it.

    Bottom Line: If you have one of these drives, contact WD and demand a fix. If it hasn't died yet... Backup your stuff now!

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    • Shawn K.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs DOA

    Pros: not any. WD used to be good HD, what happened to quality control??

    Cons: DOA

    Bottom Line: would not recomend.

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    • Troy B.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Great drive for backup purposes

    Pros: I purchased this back in 2013 for use as a backup drive for my main drive. Still does the job three years later.

    Cons: None

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    • Derek Y.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Great HDD

    Pros: Have it for more than 2 years and still working fine. No issues

    Cons: None

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    • Alexandre L.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs fast shipping, good price

    Pros: abused it for 3 years and still no problem

    Cons: none

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Steven A.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Lasted 4 Years

    Pros: -lasted 4 years

    Cons: Dying...418 bad block errors in last hour

    Bottom Line: Bought a 1TB one as if today.

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    • Corey D.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Dependable Storage

    Pros: Reliable for me. Owned and in continuous use since fall of 2012. I'm horrible and almost never turn off my computer so it's literally been on for years; not that the HDD is running that entire time, but you get the idea.

    Modest amount of storage for a modest price. I've never been a professional user or a content hoarder, so 500GB, is all I ever have needed. It's been close to full a few times but that was due to storing too many copies of Fallout and Elder Scrolls mods. Like I said, I use my PC to write, browse the internet and play games.

    Cons: None. I have an SSD drive for games, and if I wanted greater storage capacity I would get a drive with greater storage capacity. I can't fault this drive for being what it is intended to be.

    Bottom Line: I'm building a new machine soon and I'm going to use mostly cheap TLC drives ( they're almost as fast as MLC drives these days, and are good for over 10gigs of writes per day, which I do not come close to, so I'll take the $ discount over MLC ), but I'll slap this old platter box into it as well for the occasional back up mirror.

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    • CASEY M.

    5 out of 5 eggs Review

    Pros: 1000th review :D it's a great product i have had mine in my computer for a year nothing bad yet.

    Cons: There aren't any yet

    Bottom Line: none

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    • Anonymous
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs referb hit or miss

    Pros: Cheap and quick delivery. Easy to install.

    Cons: Used. One of two crashed after only two years, took the system down with it.

    Bottom Line: WD is usually a good brand.

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