Reviews and Problems with Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" (WD1500BLHX / WD3000BLHX / WD4500BLHX / WD6000BLHX)
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Do not buy this
Brandon S., Newegg
25 June 2015
Summary: The seller seriously needs to rethink how they package their items. I expected more from a seller called "GoHardDrive".
Pros: Probably fast? I wasn't able to get that far.
Cons: Worst purchase of my life for 2 reasons: 1) It's FAR too thick to fit into your average laptop. I haven't measured it, but another commenter here said it was 15mm instead of the standard 9.5mm. I wish I would have read that comment before purchasing. I also wish that New Egg would list the thickn...
Summary: All of the replacement drives are labeled recertified. WD told me that the original drive cannot be replaced with a new drive. WD has told me the standard corporate phrase, "rigorously test and verify all of our drives, prior to shipping, with burn-in and diagnostic tests" many times.
Cons: The third replacement 450 GB raptor died right after a fresh install of Windows 7. The fourth and fifth replacements passed the WD Lifeguard Diagnostics, but failed to accept a fresh install. I ran the diagnostics a second time and it indicated a dead drive on both of them.
Summary: My previous 36gig Raptor finally bit the dust and I do not want a SSD at the moment, as so many people are still complaining about instability issues with always on systems and also the cost, so it was time to get a replacement.
Summary: Excellent drive. I setup an HP DL380 G6 and wanted to use the expensive 10K SAS drives for boot, the less expensive SATA for storage - turns out these drives are very fast indeed. The RAID 5 array had no problem being built, ordering more. Great bargain.
Summary: Please read the specs before you buy. Don't rate on ignorance.
Pros: Don't write a bad review for your own stupid mistakes. READ and UNDERSTAND what you're buying. These are designed for rack mounted systems and can be used for desktops with slot adapters. These drives are made for constant data transfer and have a great MTF rate.
Cons: Just the fact that they are WD and they do make low end drives give them a bad rep.