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).
Pros: Pretty fast and so far reliable can't say too much though as I have only had it for a little over a week now
Cons: While I was downloading SCII onto my new computer I suddenly was surprised with a BSOD I tracked it down and it turned out it was from the HDD after rebooting and testing everything, it hasn't had any problems since but I felt that I had to mark an egg off because of this but for this price and since the flooding in Thailand making the cost of hard drives to go up im not giong to complain too much
Summary: Western Digital's quality has been in decline, but so far, so good. I would have waited 3 months before posting a review, but Newegg asked me to, and regardless of how bad any particular product tuns out to be, Newegg is great! P.S. I only gave it 4 eggs because I haven't used it long enough be sure it isn't one of WD's more recent failures!
Summary: i live in a dusty town in a dusty state (i have to air out my case every 3weeks). in my neighborhood, anything with electronics AND moving parts lasting a year+ is a good investment (ie, ps3's burn out in about 6-8 months, 360's are a joke)
Pros: Still working, still quiet. Tray has stuck only 1 time, required a physical ejection. i live in a dusty town in a dusty state (i have to air out my case every 3weeks). in my neighborhood, anything with electronics AND moving parts lasting a year+ is a good investment (ie, ps3's burn out in about 6-8 months, 360's are a joke)
Cons: none. i rarely give 5 eggs, so dont think of it as negative, just not AMAZING! afterall, its never gone out and mowed my yard for me.
Summary: make sure you have a sata cable of adequate length. I measured mine and thought I had a good #. Next time I'll go 2" longer. I'd use wd's drivers and find free backup sw rather than the backup sw they have at the support site.
Pros: sata, quiet, fast
Cons: wd backup software. Had to reformat master drive and wd's acronis? sw almost lost it all.