Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10TPVT
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Thicker than a standard 2.5" drive.
Sean Martin "-famousj6-", Amazon
26 February 2014
Summary: This hard drive is bigger than a standard laptop hard drive. I originally bought it with plans to upgrade my PS3. It looked fine in the shot, and I trust Western Digital as a brand, so I ordered it. Unfortunately, I realized my mistake as soon as I pulled it from the anti-static bag. I have put the drive the alternative uses, but it really stinks that I could not use it in my playstation. The page for the drive in question doesn't explicitly state drive thickness either.
Excerpt: The drive is a great buy for price. My only Caution is make sure you know what you are doing to install a large drive like this. Partition are not compatable with Windows Vista. I had to install Windows 7 to get computer to work.
Summary: If it actually has to fit inside an enclosure or laptop, then make certain to find the other model number that is actually 9.5 mm thick, not this one. It probably isn't fair to dock 2 eggs for Newegg not being more up-front about it not being the right size, but because it actually can not fit where it was bought to go, I wanted initially to put it at 1.. still do, but it is a great drive, as is the case with every other WD I've owned...
Pros: High capacity for 2.5" drives
Cons: Doesn't actually fit in the laptop. Newegg's claim is that it does mention on the details page that it is 12.5 mm and not the standard 9.5 mm. Really? Who would have thought you need to check the physical dimensions of a hard drive that hasn't had any variations in those dimensions, since it came out? Yeah, they got me with that one. It isn't worth paying $37.20 to ship them back to Newegg either. Now we know why the price was so low!
Summary: This originally was in my Laptop but now it's in my Desktop because it was replace with SSD drive by OCZ on M.I.R...again I was cheap! It's current residency is so slow...SATA II! It is used for my lower class games and load times are fine, not seriously annoying but a little respectable. Desktop icons with the source from this drive is slow to refresh on boot up with Windows 7. My Samsung SSD OS drive is too fast for it.
Pros: It works. Cool, low wattage drive. Form factor A. okay!
Cons: Only Sata II...I was being cheap. Slow when compared to SSD...shh!
Does not fit in optical drive caddy in MkbPro15/2011
ALK "AK", Amazon
2 February 2012
Summary: I got this drive with a single purpose of getting it into the Macbook Pro 15 early 2011 as a second drive. I have an optical drive caddy holding a hard drive in it but this thing is too fat to fit into the caddy it sticks up way too much. come to find out there is newer model but i don't know if i will be worrying about changing this over again until they get a model that's a little faster.
Summary: I have seen some people writing reviews that that they have installed this drive in a macbook pro. It fits, but not without it's side effects, at least with the new 13" macbook pros. This Scorpio Blue drive is 12.5mm thick. The original 320GB drive that comes with the macbook is a 9.5mm drive. What happens when you try to install a 12.5mm HDD in one of the 13" macbook pro is that you have to really force the back cover of the macbook over the drive to close it up again.
Summary: i gave this drive 3/4 when really it should deserve 4/5 because of its quality and reliability throughout the time i have had it in my laptop... but i am sticking with the 3/5 because i just was not that impressed with the speed and performance of the drive and ended up switching back to my old 600Gb with the space that i was able to free up...
Pros: If you are looking for more space, then I would recommend this drive. I have had this drive for over a year know and still squeezing files into it... i just recently archived all my old data to my server freeing up some space for some up and coming projects...
Cons: With mainly working with video editing, rendering, and Photoshop manipulation (with mid-heavy game-play on my breaks) i found this drive to be, not laggy, but sluggish... comparing it to my original (600Gb 5400rpm that i upgraded from). although knowingly i was dropping down to 5200rpm with this 1Tb i did not expect to see for feel such a drastic drop in performance... maybe it is because this drive is almost 2 times as big as my original that the 200rpm difference is...