Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT
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Poor vendor, great product
Buford N., Newegg
24 September 2014
Summary: I did my homework for this purchase because the Mini is so difficult to work on. I only wanted it in the shop once so I chose the Samsung SSD and the WD Scorpio Black based on user reviews. Research revealed that a Time Machine drive should be 2-3 times the size of the boot drive so 750gb was the choice to keep a 250gb SSD backed up. This drive had the highest MTBF, fastest numbers and best customer reviews of any other 2.5" HDD.
Pros: Great hard drive. I refreshed my Mac Mini with a 250gb Samsung Evo 840 SSD and wanted to install an internal Time Machine backup drive using a 2nd HDD kit from OWC.. It's a little spendier than other 2.5" drives but if the numbers and reviews are right it's worth it.
Cons: Action Packaged is the WORST online purchase experience I have had in a very long time! I placed my order before Labor Day and lingered in processing forever. It was 3 weeks before I received the drive. This vendor will never see another cent of my money again. I have been a Newegg customer for 8 years and it has always been a great experience...except this purchase.
Summary: After a bad experience with another drive manufacturer, I've stayed with Western Digital ever since.
Pros: Bought this back in Sept of 2013 to replace a 320 GB drive that was running out of room in my notebook. First drive started doing the "clicking" within a few weeks. Happily I had not committed any data to the drive yet, so replacing it just took some time. Drive has been solid since September. Running three OS on it (Kubuntu, OpenSUSE and Win7) on a Vostro 1500.
Summary: My only problem with this drive is that the price dropped by $10 and added free shipping just a few hours after i purchased it. I guess just bad luck on my part. Wish i could have canceled the order and put it back in but it was already being packaged at the time. Other problem is that it doesnt come larger than 750GB, i would have loved to have this drive in 1TB, 1.5TB or 2TB.
Pros: -Fast for a mechanical drive -Decent seek times -Decent power usage
Cons: -Doesn't come in larger capacities than 750GB, wish they had 1TB+ -Price dropped by $10 and added free shipping just hours after i ordered it! -Cache could be larger, would like to see mechanical laptop drives with 32MB to 64MB caches -Its not a hybrid drive, would be nice to see WD make one.
Pros: Great HDD. Been using it for about 3 months now its a definite speed improvement over the 5400RPM that I had.
Cons: Very loud. Not sure if it's because it's spinning too much or just very bad at noise cancellation. The old HDD it replaced I never heard it running, except for it was terribly fragmented and that's when I could hear the head seeking. But this one, way loud even when idle.