Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVE
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Drive may come with little or no warranty
15 April 2014
Summary: Western Digital uses the date of manufacture as the default start date for the warranty on its drives, but its Worldwide Warranty Policy and Limitations say your warranty on a new drive will run from your purchase date. I usually contact the warranty department after I get a new drive, send them proof of purchase, and they update the warranty start date. Unfortunately, that's not what happened after I bought a new WD3200BEVE in February 2014.
Summary: I am quite happy that, after a long time looking for this drive, I found it available. I have several of these, though a couple of them have a slightly different model number, the descriptions of the drives are the same. It is quiet and works, as it should. It is a little bit of a put-off that the price is so high for these drives, but if one needs one, I guess one must pay the price.
Summary: I purchased this drive at another site and it works well on my HP Pavilion dv1000 laptop (Win XP SP3). My only real concern is how hot this drive runs; much hotter than the original 60, or the 120 and 160GB drives I have had in this laptop in the past. None of my previous drives failed, I just kept needing more space. Hopefully this drive can handle the heat it generates. It has only been operating for a few hours.
Summary: I have used Western Digital hard drives exclusively in over 500 computers I have built and repaired and in that time I have had just two failures - both of which were DOA and were replaced immediately by my usual dealer. This drive in particular is the first I have ever purchased through Amazon and I was delighted with the speed it was shipped to me and MOST IMPORTANTLY - the packaging was absolutely first rate.
Summary: I bought this for a backup drive, so far so good. I'm using it in an external enclosure to back up the drive in my laptop with a cloning process and it works well in that capacity. Be sure you use a good partitioning program. You can download it for free from many online sites. The cloneing software is there too, or you can purchase it thru' Amazon.
Summary: Older laptops do not use 48-bit addressing needed for the BIOS to handle more than 120GB. Since the BIOS interacts only with Drive C, you must make Drive C 120GB or smaller (as reported by Windows Explorer); then make a second drive partition (Drive E:) with all the rest of the space. I use the free EASEUS Disk Copy and Partition Master software for these tasks. Put the new drive in an external USB case, boot to Disk Copy, copy all of Drive 0 to Drive 1.
Pros: This is a great drive to extend the life of an older laptop. I have used several of these drives in older P3 and P4 laptops that came with Windows XP or Windows 2000. Be sure to split the hard drive into two logical drives, and make sure Drive C has 120 GB or less (as reported by Windows Explorer).
Cons: Windows 2k and XP will let you give Drive C all 320GB -- you will be VERY SORRY if you do this. If you make Drive C 120GB (as reported by Windows Explorer) and let Drive E: have all the rest, you will have no trouble. If you let Drive C have all 320GB, you will get the major file corruption errors reported by other reviewers.
Summary: I recommend having a can of compressed air handy. If you are replacing the drive on on your powerbook and trying to squeeze out some life, your computer has at least 4 years of dust inside of it. Blow out the dust from the fans. Also, you should be able to find installation instructions on the web for taking the system apart/installing the drive.
Pros: 1. Easy part for part replacement for dying 80gb drive
Cons: No real cons for the drive. It was just painful taking the mac apart and putting it back together.