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Western Digital Caviar Blue Sata 300 7200RPM 500GB 16MB (WD5000AAKS)
5.1 out of 10

Western Digital Caviar Blue Sata 300 7200RPM 500GB 16MB (WD5000AAKS)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Blue Sata 300 7200RPM 500GB 16MB (WD5000AAKS)

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Overall 6
6.0

Failed just after 3 years

Anonymous, Newegg
8 March 2016
  • Summary: Good thing all important data was backed up. I still recommend WD drives. Failures happen, but WD isn't exempt from my business just because of a failure. Replacing with a WD Blue 1 TB HDD.
  • Pros: Fast Stable Good OS Drive
  • Cons: Bad vibrations since it was bought in January of 2013. Drive started reading bad sectors on 3-7-16. On 3-8-16, the drive no longer turns on.
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Overall 6
6.0

It was OK -

P. Hanson "Kalicopat", Amazon
1 November 2013
  • Summary: Arrived in good order and was well packed. I think for the price there should have been mounting hardware (4 screws) and a spec sheet. Drive was easy to install and worked well.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Taylor W., Newegg
3 June 2013
Overall 6
6.0

Verify DMI pool data

Brian V., Newegg
10 April 2013
  • Summary: Hark Disk Sentinel Report Power on: 662 days, 3 hours, Health: 100%
  • Pros: I got it at a cheap sale price
  • Cons: It one day stalled at Verify DMI pool data. I was able to backup the files. I am reformatting it right now and hoping it doesn't happen again.
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Overall 6
6.0

Died after almost 4 and a half years

Thiago I., Newegg
30 March 2013
  • Summary: I can still get it to read data off the disk if I rotate it so that the front of the drive points downwards. I'm guessing maybe this helps the head move out onto the platters?
  • Pros: I've been using this as my backup hard drive and it's served me well until recently when it all of a sudden started to fail.
  • Cons: Would have liked it to last longer, but considering it's warrantied for 3 years and I've long since filled it up, I guess I can't complain too much. I do recall hearing the occasional clicking noise for the past couple years which always scared me that the drive was dying. Whether this is related...
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Overall 6
6.0

stay away from caviar blue

Anthony C., Newegg
8 September 2010
  • Summary: will not buy caviar blue again...3 stars for replacements but now they are just collecting dust uninstall - will eb** it...however will buy WD again in Caviar Black w/ 5rys wrnty and hopefully it won't be change to 3 later on.
  • Pros: my 250gb WD still running 3yrs+ but it seems 500s are troubled.
  • Cons: got 2 of these "bare" 500 drive and 1 400 retail, all with 3yrs warranty vs 1yr now. all from egg about 2.5yrs ago was having same problems as most reviews below, failure to boot, need to repair system files, overheats in 1hr use and needs 5hrs cool down to be detected again, lost most data, send...
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Overall 6
6.0

no cable?

CHARLES M., Newegg
29 December 2009
  • Summary: Hope mine lasts longer than some of the more recent posters.
  • Pros: Very quiet, very fast drive. Easy install, used WD downloaded Acronis software to clone existing drive.
  • Cons: Was very disappointed that a SATA cable was not included with retail drive. That was the main reason I went for the retail version, as in the good old days of ATA drives, they always included a cable, mounting brackets and a floppy or CD with their utilities on it. Probably should disclose what e...
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Overall 6
6.0

Died Just Out of Warranty

STEVEN J., Newegg
9 October 2008
  • Summary: I usually stick to drives that have 3-5 year warranties, but bought this one 'cuz it was on sale at the time. Wish I hadn't now. WD offers 'upgrades' to new HDs for slightly out of warranty ones, but the cost is nearly equivalent to buying a new HD elsewhere anyway.
  • Pros: Was fairly inexpensive at the time I bought it. Both SATA and Molex power connector (latter covered up). Fairly quiet and reliable while it worked.
  • Cons: Died just outside the standard 1-year warranty. Computer was even idle at the time it died! Spins up and makes some head clunking noises, but not even recognized by PC BIOS.
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Overall 6
6.0

Does not have legacy power port

Jayakumar, rakuten
11 August 2008
  • Summary: I bought this hard drive to use as a backup harddrive for my Athlon system which had an extra SATA1 port. The drive came with no extra jumper (I guess that is because it is OEM), had to swipe a jumper of another harddrive to jump the OPT1 jumper to make it work with my older SATA1 port.
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Overall 6
6.0

Another Western Digital DOA!

Kurt T., Newegg
21 February 2008
  • Summary: If problems continue, I will select another manufacture. NEW EGG has a wonderful warranty program and will take care of you!@ We LOVE newEgg.com!
  • Pros: Price, tons of space. Works well, as the C drive is this exact drive and this was to be the second drive in the system.
  • Cons: Quality out of the box is not too good. Chalk another one Dead On Arrival! Seems to be a pattern here!
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