Summary: Ordered several of these drives to install into our home computer. All arrived well packaged and easy to install. Even though this was some time ago and much larger drives are now available, don't expect to reqjuire additonal replacements for a few more years.
Summary: I purchased this hard drive in March of 2011 and it is still going strong without incident. I thought I was having issues with it for a while because it would make a noise when accessing data. Turns out this was a power saving feature in Windows 7 that was set to put the hard drive in standby mode after 7 or so minutes.
Summary: I have had this drive for several years and it still going strong. It was easy to install. No drama there. I installed it in a Thermaltake BlacX and use it as an external backup drive. Speeds are good, this was a good purchase. I'm not sure if this is common or normal, but this drive runs really hot to the touch.
Summary: Bought this WD5000AAKS in 12/2008 for $58. It is $97 in 12/2011 ? Do hard drive prices actually increase over time? This drive has worked flawlessly in my desktop PC as a secondary data drive with much activity. PC is running almost 24/7 since I installed the drive it in 2008. Western Digital drives run a little hotter than Seagate drives (my experience), so ensure there is proper cooling.