Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Blue Sata 300 7200RPM 250GB 16MB (WD2500AAKS)
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VERY SOLID DRIVE - KEEP BETWEEN 30-40 IF POSSIBLE, MAYBE UP TO 45, BUT UP TO 50 MIGHT CAUSE PROBLEMS
Richard Estes, Amazon
24 November 2014
Summary: i NORMALLY BUY ONLY WD - THEY ARE PRETTY GOOD DRIVES, AND THE SMART DATA (HD Tune health data) makes sense, unlike some others that use long lists of hex numbers, tracking several sets of variables that don't really tell me that much about drive condition. BUT DON'T LET THEM OVER=HEAT (there are several free utilities that will help you keep track of heat, like hdtune, or speedfan, and I was surprised that my paid utility, HD Sentinel, actually reads the temps of the...
Summary: Bought two of these to make my first RAID0 array. Very fast and very quiet. And when I say quiet I mean silent. I literally cannot hear them churning like I could my old EIDE drive (WD also, of course). Maybe the reviewer from 3/02 needs some better mounting hardware (they DO make rubber stand-offs for mounting HDs). Mine are on the soft plastic rails provided by the Ultra X-Blaster case and I cannot hear them. I will be getting a third of these for 3-way RAID0.
Summary: I ordered this to upgrade my imac G5 160GB stock hard drive. I wasn't sure if it would be compatible as a replacement for the Caviar but it is. The SATA plugs fit just fine. I would recommend this if you are looking for an upgrade to your existing western digital drive.
Summary: This item was affordable and very simple to install in a few minutes, even though it was sold OEM without installation instructions. The drive is functioning as expected. My only annoyance was that it arrived without a connecting cable, so I had to pay an extra three dollars and order that separately.
Summary: Western Digital & Seagate both produce excellent drives in which I have a high confidence. My purchase was the WD Caviar Blue with a fairly large buffer. It has a good warranty period (longevity rating in this case). The old WD drive it replaced fell within expected lifetime. The new drives have amazingly fast throughput, but users should not waste their time on drives with rotational speeds less than 7200RPM and buffers less than 16M.
Summary: I bought this hard drive to put in a 4 year old computer because I toasted the old hard drive. I installed the drive in place of the old one with no problems, I popped in a Windows 7 DVD and was off to the races. As soon as Windows 7 was done installing I ran the Windows Experience Rating program and the drive got a 5.9.