Summary: Why is the spindle speed not known/shown ?
Pros: In comparison to the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s model: There don't seem to be any at all, except that it probably comes with a data cable and 4 mounting screws. But, the photos don't show these ...
Cons: In comparison to the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s model: Unknown spindle speed, fifteen bucks more expensive and has only a 3 year warranty compared to 5 years for the 7200 rpm Black bare/OEM model.
Summary: I purchased 4 of these drives back in February (2012) for a desktop I was building to serve as my all-in-one virtualization lab. All four drives arrived in perfect condition and installed without any problems. I've now been running all four drives non-stop for about the last 4 months without issue.
Summary: purchased to replace the OEM hard drive. this unit offered more capacity and was faster than my 5400 rpm drive which came with my laptop, however it didn't feel any faster. worked great for 9 months then one day it just wouldn't boot up.
Summary: This WD Black 7200rpm drive is the perfect solution for a relatively easy and hugely beneficial switch from a 5400rpm drive to a 7200rpm drive. Another benefit is that the 16mb buffer size will give you an edge over most 5400rpm drives that only have an 8mb buffer.
Summary: I actually bought a 320gb Caviar Blue at a local best/buy for the same $49 the egg wanted. I opened the box after getting home with it and to my surprise it was a Caviar Black! Western Digital added a note in the box that says "Free Hard Drive Upgrade". So I cant really complain.
Pros: Wow fast. Scored 5.9 on Windows Indexing. Replaced a tachi hard drive in my laptop with this. Average read on HDtach is 97.6mb/s for me. A nice upgrade from 42.3mb/s from the stock drive (SATA I). Also whisper quiet!
Cons: *Read other thoughts first* I actually the Caviar Blue. I wanted a 5400 rpm drive to save on the battery and to keep the temperatures down. However this 7200 rpm Black only shortens battery life by about 7 minutes and the temps are about the same as my 4 year old 5400rpm stock drive. Didn't get i...