Summary: I don't recommend this if it'll be seeing a lot of travel. After paying a $60 diagnostic fee at a local computer repair shop, they discovered that some of the harddrive's internal discs had lightly scratched areas, most likely due to excessive handling.
Pros: Handled everything just fine. Very stable and had no problems installing the OS.
Cons: Apparently, they're fairly fragile. It simply crashed on me one night, suddenly and permanently erasing all of my laptop data, including a nearly-finished novel. Very disappointed, but this is the only Western Digital HDD I've ever had that's failed on me, so I'm reluctant to give it a lower rati...
Summary: I have my laptop with 3 of the 320GB WD Blacks running. Two in drive bays and a 3rd that replaces my CD-RW drive. I had one fail after about one month of what I would consider regular daily use. It wasn't my primary boot/os drive either which makes it ever odder that it failed.
Summary: The image provided by Buy.com shows a clean original box. But delivered is in a plastic bag. No warranty information nor other product description. The HDD looks working normally, but really doubt if it is new or not.
Summary: I've had a frustrating time with this HD replacement in my lappy. Everything went swimmingly until I had filled the disc with just over 100GB, then all of a sudden, bluescreen city until one of them wrecked my Windows installation.
Seek noise is very loud if you're using in a quiet room
20 November 2008
Summary: Many find the WD scorpio series to be the quietest hard drive. To my ears the WD scorpio is downright noisy for a laptop drive. Would be good for a desktop and probably drowned out by fans etc. Trouble is the rest of my dell 1520 is silent most of the time. The idle noise is indeed quiet.