Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT
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Really good HDD replacement for MacBook Pro
26 September 2011
Summary: This Hard Drive Disk(HDD) was bought to replace my the aging HDD in my mid 2009 MBP which was close to full and was getting very slow. The replacement of the drive was a snap and the increase in performance was significant. All I did prior to replacement was ensure that I had a good back-up on my time capsule and watched a couple of instructional videos since this was my first time working on a Mac. I was really suprised at how easy it is to upgrade the RAM and HDD.
Summary: Got this drive to upgrade a hand-me-down Dell Inspiron 6400 / E1505, one of the earlier (2006) duo core models with a factory installed 60 gig drive. Installation was simple (one caution--if you're doing this for the first time, this package comes with no instructions, though it's so easy that a quick perusal of the internet or your computer manual will yield all the info you need), performance is impressive. Fast, quiet, not alot of heat.
Summary: I got this hard drive because I was in serious need of more space. I bought this for a mid-2009 white MacBook and it replaced a 5400rpm 160GB hard drive. Although this hard drive spins faster, I haven't noticed much of an increase in speed, but then again I never had a problem with the speed of the previous drive. My only misgiving with this hd is that it's noticeably louder than my last one.
Pretty quick, little noisy, we'll see how it holds up
The Pop Monster, Amazon
12 July 2011
Summary: Bought it to replace a friend's dying drive - I always thought that 5400rpm vs 7200 wasn't really worth it, but subjectively it felt at least twice as quick booting off the new drive - used Acronis True Image WD edition to do the copy, so unless it does a defrag while it's resizing partitions then I'm going to have to say it's noticeably quicker than a 640G Blue. Value for money? Definitely, seeing as they run AutoCAD. Would I buy one?
Nice so far, impressed with the speed of the drive.
8 June 2011
Summary: If you have a SATA 2.5" HDD then you've found the higher quality model. I've been fixing computers for 15 years and this is a great value drive and faster than what your are accustomed to. It's a very quick drive that's for sure. But then again, if you have big money, might I suggest looking up 10,000 RPM drives? (They do exist, and so does SSD :) I've had the drive for two days and transferred a 200GB+ image to this 7200RPM drive without any issues.
Summary: I bought this HD to replace the internal drive of my Dell Vostro notebook, that had an WD Scorpio blue 250GB disk. The new drive is noticeably faster, but also it's quieter and colder! I'm very satisfied with the purchase.
Summary: This 7200 RPM Hard drive is a bit faster than my old 5300 RPM (100G Toshiba). I upgraded because I was running out of space on my hard drive - The speed difference is a bonus. The drive is reasonably quiet - no clicks or clanks, just a little bit of a whirring noise. I would say that the audible noise level is about the same as the previous (slower) Toshiba. Installation was easy - although the drive comes with no instructions.
Summary: So far it work perfect for me, fast than 5200 RPM for sure at file transfer and access, but heat is big problem with WIN7 so I have to buy a two fans notebook pad to make it work smoothly, some time has noise but not big deal.
Summary: I purchased both a WD500BEKT and a WD5000BEVT (aka "Black" and "Blue" models). I ended up trying both in a new Macbook Pro 15" i5 (early 2011). I first used the Black model as it rated at a faster spin rate - 7200 RPM vs Blue's 5200 RPM. I did notice an improvement in boot speed and application launch over the machines factory installed Seagate Momentus 320GB 5400.6 model. This was great until I noticed a disturbing vibration within the machine.
Summary: I bought this Hard Drive for a netbook acer aspire one AO531-2588 that has a 160 GB Hard Drive factory installed, which is a crappy one. As soon arrived i proceeded the disk swap, and that was easy, just remove 3 screws, remove the old hard disk, remove the mounting shield between drives and put everything back in place. I installed windows 7 later with no problems.