Summary: I purchased this hard drive in 2009 when my older 100GB hard drive finally started to show its age - and when programs started needing 5-15GB each. It was priced right at the time and was close to the upper end on the size scale, although if memory serves - 500GB may have been the standard back then. That being said, the Blue series of HDD from Western Digital are part of their budget line. (Blue, Green, Red, Black in respective order).
Summary: A hard drive is a simple, basic computer component; it either works or it doesn't. I bought a matched pair of these for a NAS/RAID I put together for a client. One of the drives was DOA. I contacted the vendor and never even received a reply. I will never purchase from "Sidian" again. However, I contacted Western Digital directly and they promptly issued an RMA and we affected the exchange simply and quickly. The replacement arrived and there were no further problems.
Summary: I did not know this was an OEM item without accessories when I purchased it. This presented me with cabling issues, especially because it does not have a four-pin Molex power connector. However the vendor was very accommodating and the issue was resolved. The drive is extremely quiet and is working fine for my purposes, which is average home use, no extreme gaming, etc. The reason I purchased it was more space for VHS to DVD conversion, and it was successful at that.
Summary: Drive works - I tested that - but the External case I ordered at the same time was as dead as a Dodo - so I RMAd it 2 weeks ago and I'm still waiting..... So Aprt from knowing the drive works - I won't know how it performs until I get a replacement drive case and I can hook it up!
Excerpt: ему не изменю даже если поставлю ссд, куплю коробочку для превращения его во внешник.
Pros: работает уже 5 год несмотря на последние 3-4 месяца экспериментов с виндоусами. Стояла в своё время ХР потом сразу перескакивал на 7 с помощью знакомого у которого системник покупали. Летом научился винду 7 переустанавливать и пошло-поехало, ставил висту, пытался ХР-не смог, вернул 7, менял разрядность на х64 ставил 8 несколько раз потом возвращал 7 в общем менял системы раз 20. Вывод: неплохо тянет все ОС 21 века от Майкрософт. Планирую ставить на него Убунту и возмо...
Cons: скорость копирования/перемещения больших объёмов ~5 МБ/с максимум а в среднем 1 МБ/с да и то меньше, что тогда, что сейчас