Summary: I just installed this last night. This is a replacement for a business computer that only had an 80 gig drive. The new drive was instantly recognized by the computer and formatting was not required. It is not excessively noisy. I cannot comment on the durability at this point.
Summary: Gave me a good 3 years of service, and failed 3 years and 3 weeks after I bought the computer. Funny how that works - the warranty for these drives is 3 years. The good news is that it was a slow failure and I was able to back up most of my data while the drive faded away (began with performance problem, degraded into bad blocks, etc). Western Digital is still my go-to company for drives...but I can't give them 5 stars based on this experience.
Summary: This is a bare bones drive- no cables, no cd, nothing. So if you have never installed a hard drive before do your research first and buy a sata cable. Amazon seemed to take their time shipping this item. All that being said I have used the drive for a month and it appears to be functioning well. It is quiet and I have had no crashes or any problems of that sort. I am using this drive with Windows Xp 32 bit and have it separated into two partitions. So far so good.
Summary: The drive seems to function properly, no problems and very quiet, but...my windows experience rating is telling me this is the lowest rated item on the list at 5.9, everything else(hardware) is 7.0 or higher.So i wonder. Could that be an issue?
Western Digital Caviar Blue 250 Gb 7200 Rpm Sata-ii Internal Hard Drive
27 December 2011
Summary: I have always been impressed with Western Digital hard drives. After reading some reviews I expected this product to be a little on the noisy side, this dose not seem to be the case. Data transfer is quick and quiet, no problems so far.