Summary: I have several older servers that run these drives 24/7, over the last 10 years they have been nothing but reliable! They last an average of 5 years under the 24/7 use in several SMB application servers. But 'em if you need 'em.
Summary: Formatted and cloned fresh windows install with all desired applications to new WD 80GB Caviar PATA drive via USB to IDE converter. Since drive will accommodate the OS and applications only, 80GB is more than large enough. USB interface was very slow, but the drive works quickly, flawlessly and is very quiet when directly connected to my computer. Great price, and proven reliability. I am very happy with this transaction.
Nice upgrade in storage capacity for aging desktops.
C. P. Misitano, Amazon
1 March 2012
Summary: I have a Dell Dimensions 4500s desktop PC that's about 9 years old and it came with a tiny 20 GB hard drive. The drive was full and the small RAM made the desktop run terribly slow. I decided to increase the hard drive capacity, and the Western Digital 80 GB Caviar Blue PATA was a perfect choice. It's incredibly easy to install (15 to 20 minutes) and the data I backed up loaded onto the new drive without a hitch.