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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500 GB SATA II 8 MB Cache 2.5-Inch Internal Retail Kit Drive - WDBABC5000ANC-NRSN (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Massive capacity
  • Low power consumption
  • Ultra-cool and quiet
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  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 7.1 cm ; 100 g
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Item model number: WDBABC5000ANC-NRSN
  • ASIN: B0047A9FQ4
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 22 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,516 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Wd scorpio blue 5400 rpm 2.5-inch sata and pata hard drives from western digital deliver lightning-fast and ultra-quiet performance hand-in-hand with low power consumption. in addition, these hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and data-protection features that actively watch over valuable data. capacities range from 160 to 750 gb.

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Hello Guys! What's going on there ? Look, the current review does not have anything to do with the product quality, condition compliance or relevancy whatsoever. I've bought from Amazon before and I'd be inclined to trust them for on this product.

I am interested in this item but am confused at this time. Is this a 500 GB or a 320 GB drive. It's somehow labeled as a 500 but is clearly identified as a 320 (Please, take a close look at all the 12 displayed pictures and specifically the one that shows the drive itself with the Manufacturer's Specifications label).

My decision is latent since I can't seem to conclude whether it's a 500 GB or a 320 GB drive. Please, let's be straightforward and rectify the whole description once for all.

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this WD HD sucks. It does not show up on any of my laptops, neither with windows 7, 8 or vista. I tried troubleshooting with different downloadable softwares that were designed for this product, but non were successful. My advice is, if you are not an expert, don't waste your time with it.
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Been wanting to increase my memory for more music, movies, games and demos and was fast decent priced and good packaging!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa38efb34) out of 5 stars 65 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3372a50) out of 5 stars Excellent 1-TB drive: compact 9.5mm height for laptop use, very quiet, low power consumption, fairly fast, at a great price! April 27 2013
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I previously added two of these 5400-RPM Western Digital Scorpio Blue drives in the 1-TB size on a laptop that is often used for the editing of photos, images, and very large video files. I liked them so much that I added this 750-GB to a four-year old Windows laptop. My older laptop has a weaker battery and 90-watt AC adapter, so I choose this Scorpio Blue instead of the Scorpio Black because I do not need maximum performance, and I prefer the lower-power, cooler, and quieter operation of this hard drive.

The 9.5mm-height form factor of this drive means that it can fit inside most laptops. There are four threaded inserts on the two longer sides of the drive for use with standard mounting screws; no mounting screws or hard drive bracket/caddy are provided with this hard drive. This drive is rated at a very quiet 22 dBA sound level when idle, and 25 dBA when the drive is seeking/reading/writing. With this drive installed inside my laptop, I can only barely hear the drive's operations in a very quiet room when my ears are about one to two feet away from the drive's location inside the laptop and the drive is actively reading/writing. When the laptop is idle, I do not hear the drive at all. And even if this hard drive is actively seeking/reading/writing, its tiny sound is masked by my laptop's fan noise even if the fan starts running from its slowest speed.

When tested using the "HD Tune" hard drive performance benchmarking tool, it turns out that this 5400-RPM Scorpio Blue drive compares favorably to the 7200-RPM Scorpio Black drives, even though the faster Black drives also have a 16-MB cache compared to the smaller 8-MB cache on the Blue drives. On my installed 750-GB drive, HD Tune reported a minimum/maximum/average read speed of 53, 110, and 85 MB/sec, and a minimum/maximum/average write speed of 40, 108, and 84 MB/sec. This is only about 15% to 18% slower than the performance of the 750-GB 7200-RPM Scorpio Black drive, which runs faster and hotter, and uses more power. This 5400-RPM drive is slightly faster than Seagate's 7200-RPM Momentus drive, and it even compares favorably to Seagate's Momentus XT Hybrid Drive. This drive's random access read and write times are also comparable to both the 7200-RPM Scorpio Black and Seagate's 7200-RPM Momentus drives. If you are trying to decide between the 7200-RPM Scorpio Black drive (or some other faster 7200-RPM mobile-form-factor drive), the Black drive will be about 15% to 18% faster than this drive. However, this 750-GB drive is slightly slower than the WD Blue 1 TB Mobile Hard Drive: 2.5 Inch, 5400 RPM, SATA II, 8 MB Cache - WD10JPVT. So if you can spend about $20 more for 250-GB of extra space on the 1-TB version of this drive, you get a slightly faster read/write speed compared to this 750-GB drive.

Western Digital offers an "Acronis TrueImage" that can be downloaded from their Web site to let you copy all your data from an old drive to a new drive so you do not have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive. If you do replace your main system drive, you can either use cloning software such as "Acronis True Image" to mirror all your system files and applications back onto the new drive, or you can perform a fresh OS install and reinstall all applications that you were using. The advantage of cloning your system files and applications is that it is much faster to put everything back onto the new drive. The advantage of performing fresh installs of the OS and applications is that it can often declutter your files and free up hundreds of megabytes of space (which is like totally cleaning out a basement that has accumulated years of stuff).

If you are trying to decide between the 7200-RPM Scorpio Black drive (or some other faster 7200-RPM mobile-form-factor drive), the "Black" drive will be about 10% to 15% faster than this "Blue" drive. This drive has pretty good performance for a 5400-RPM drive and it does not use as much energy or generate as much heat as a 7200-RPM drive. If you frequently use your laptop unplugged and you want to maximize the number of hours that you can run on battery power, 5400-RPM drives drain the battery less than 7200-RPM drives. The Scorpio Black drives already use less power than many 7200-RPM laptop drives. But these Scorpio Blue drives use 20% less power when reading/writing and 25% less power when idling than the Scorpio Black drives. I can dream about the day that it becomes affordable to equip a laptop with two 1-TB SSD drives, but for now, this 5400-RPM drive is really not that much slower compared to most 7200-RPM drives.

I rely both on my own research and the opinions of others to help me make informed buying decisions. I hope that this review helped you to be a wise shopper! :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3372e58) out of 5 stars A very good drive that is hard to beat for quality and price Dec 21 2012
By Ronald L. Toews - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this drive to replace the one in my Lenovo U350 laptop; it had a 320 GB before and I wanted to add a bunch of car repair data onto it but it was too small. The new drive holds everything and is just as fast as the old drive. I went online to Western Digital and downloaded a free disc cloning software tool that enabled me to copy the entire old WD hard drive onto the new WD drive. Worked perfectly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa337a2a0) out of 5 stars So far, so good. June 26 2012
By Bob-O-Link - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this to replace a failed Toshiba HDD (2nd one in less than a year ... Grrr). Microsoft system restore worked fine, so didn't try the downloadable Acronis True Image utility. So far, so good, so happy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa337a2b8) out of 5 stars Great upgrade for Macbook May 17 2011
By Strangely Different - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second HD upgrade I have installed in my macbook. It being 7200rpm, it will be a little noisier than your 5400rpm unit. Speeds are noticeably quicker than the original HD, battery life is a little less. I could get 6 hours with the original 120GB 5400RPM drive, now its about 5 but my battery is also 4 years old and at 85% life. But the unit itself is perfect, the HD is large and worked great with no issues. I have had it in for a few months now with no problems.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa337a2dc) out of 5 stars WD Blue Notebook 1TB SATA 3.0 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Internal Notebook Hard Drive 4 stars June 6 2013
By flyersguy - Published on Amazon.com
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It was fast shipped. Well Packaged. Great hard working hard drive. Only downside is that when I tried to register the serial number online at WD site, It gave me a out of date - no warranty. The drive was made in 2012. That's a bummer. Overall great deal.