Summary: I just got this so i cant say anything about it's durability. I did format it and install windows and it works fine. But the packaging is keeping this from a 5 star item. Box wasnt taped up, and only thing keeping it from shaking in the box is a few cardboard like grooves. I was concerned it might be broken. Hopefully it doesnt brake down on me like other reviewers say.
Summary: worked great, only thing that kept it from 5 stars was lack of mounting screws. make sure you order a sata cable if you don't have one. I am using as back up drive for now. mounted quickly, plugged in power and sata cable and restarted computer. hit f1 to make enter setup, made sure it found drive, then saved and rebooted.
Summary: I was surprised to find ONLY a hard drive in the box when it arrived. It costed another $12 at the computer store by my house to properly connect the hard drive to my PC. The drive is great, I just would have liked to know to purchase the correct parts online rather than make a trip to the store. This should have been visibly marked at the time of purchase.
Summary: An excellent drive for the money. Very quiet, fast and runs cool. My only complaint is that it does not format to 500 gig as the specs say. After formatting about 40 gig disappeared. I formatted it using Windows Disk manager to NTFS file system.
Summary: Not much to say really. a hard drive is a hard drive :P It went into my PC and worked fine until I replaced my PC. can't comment much on how long it would have lasted or anything as this was just a cheap replacement until I could afford a better PC
Excerpt: I bought the OEM version of this product, which therefore meant in came in very simple packaging with no instruction manual. Fortunately, I did not need this and therefore doesn't bother me too much. The packaging was easy to open and the hard drive itself was easy to install into the computer case, with very little effort needed. After installing the hard drive, I was extremely impressed with how quiet the hard drive was and the speed accessing it was.