Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD5000AAKB
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WD PATA 500GB HD, 16mb Cache, OEM
29 August 2010
Summary: Home PC Dell 8250 XPS with Win XP with SP1, 1.5GB RAM. Easy installation into mini desktop PC. Installed Win XP software using long format (NTSF) without incident. However, after all software was uploaded, windows did not open. Could not resolve issue at that time so I reinstalled a WD 250GB HD with 8mb cache that works. At this time I do not know if this was caused by a HD size limitation or a cache limitation (8mb vs 16mb, or even a faulty HD.
Summary: This drive works fine, but be advised that this particular product is not the "retail" version. If you order this you will get a drive in a bag. No cables, no instructions, no software, etc. You can find all the stuff you need online, and HD's are easy to install...but be aware unless you're comfortable with things like master/slave configurations, jumper settings, etc. you ought to make sure you can round up all the documentation.