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...
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...
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...
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.
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.