Summary: I have a Mac pro desktop computer and had some of the hard drives fail ( It can hold as many as four drives and is best with a dedicated drive for backup). I purchased this drive just for that purpose. By todays standards it is rather small, but for the use intended it is more than adequate and sits and does what it is used for. It hsa been in service for quite a while and is running great.
Summary: This is a review of a hard drive I have had for several years. I waited to write a review until I could see how this drive worked in the long run. It has now been running continuously for over 2 years and has not failed. In the mean time I've had 4 - 1TB drives (Maxtor and Seagate) that have failed within a few months of use and had to be exchanged (which both companies honored their warranties). It may not be gigantic like the newer drives, but it is reliable.
Summary: This version is intended for the "techies" that know what they are doing, thus the "OEM" tag. The drive is completely clean w/o instructions. I bought it because PATA drives are rather limited in choices now and I needed to upgrade my older laptop from an 80GB to this 250GB. Also the price was good.
Summary: If you have the blinking cursor of death, you could try run a defrag on your hard drive, and that "may" fix the issue temporarily. Then you can use http://www.partition-tool.com/ (a FREE parition tool) to partition your drive w/o re-installing. Be careful though. If you get it back up and running with a defrag COPY ALL YOUR IMPORTANT DATA to an external HD before running a partitioning utility.
Pros: This drive replaced my old laptop (2005) hard drive. Initially, I had what other people posted about -- would randomly and permanetly die with the blinking cursor. I was able to resolve this issue and the drive has been work great!
Summary: Laptops made before 2007 usually are not compliant with the 48-bit logical block addressing used by this large drive; instead, the laptop BIOS will use 28-bit addressing and therefore will not report the hard drive parameters correctly and also will not be able to read or write to the entire drive.
Pros: This is a very nice hard drive. It seems reliable, although I had one of three fail prematurely. You need to know a lot to install it into a laptop. If you wish to clone your old drive to this new one, try the free EASEUS Disk Copy and Partition Manager software. You'll put the new drive in an external USB EIDE 2.5" case with its own supply, use Disk Copy to clone your old drive to the new one, and then use Partition Magic to adjust the drive C partition as well as cr...
Cons: WD Support and documentation is very lacking.
Summary: Probably the highest capacity, highest speed, lowest noise and best power figures for any older pata notebook hard drive. If you want to give that older notebook a boost this will definately help keep it usefull for a few more years.
Pros: Well I swapped out a 7200 rpm 60gb drive from an older dell with this one. The horrible horrible noise is gone now this thing is nearly silent. Battery life went up, and it is much faster. It's all about that data density even at 5400 rpms this is easily twice as fast as that old 60gb 7200rpm drive.
Cons: Lousy dell put the thing under the keyboard, nothing against this hard drive though just keep in mind your installation varries. It only took a few minutes to get it apart but if you're squeemish about taking notebooks apart make sure your hard drive is in an easily accessable place before purchasing this. I love my gateway t-series, the hard drive comes out with 2 screws on it.