WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX
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- IntelliSeek: Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
- Data LifeGuard: Advanced algorithms monitor your drive continuously so it stays in optimum health.
- NoTouch Ramp Load Technology: Safely positions the recording head off the disk surface to protect your data.
- 2-year seller waranty
- Package includes a hard drive only - no screws, cables, manuals included. Please purchase mounting hardware and cables separately if necessary.
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Could not get it to format or stay formatted on two different computers, one Windows 7 and the other Windows 10, both through administrative accounts using disk manager. The drive would fail a format, or would format and then disconnect, reconnect and not be formatted after. Gave up after 6 tries between both computers using various different byte allocations.
Amazon like a champ though refunded my money and I shipped it back to them.
First Western Digital drive I've had problems with out of the box in over 15 years.
UPDATE: Seller is reselling OEM drives! These cannot be replaced under WD warranty policy! NOT OK! :(
I originally upgraded to 8.1 because Windows Media Player quit working. As far as I can tell you cannot download a version of WMP for Windows 8, certainly not from Microsoft itself unless you upgrade to 8.1. Upgrading to 8.1 fixed that issue, but having automatic updates turned on for 8.1 was a big mistake. The computer hung after the most recent update package, requiring a separate drive for recovery.
Microsoft is currently having major issues with their updates. The most recent (May 2014) package of updates apparently has some bad bugs itself. If you are running Windows 8 or 8.1 turn off automatic updates and manually update the computer yourself. Go to any of the various support sites that aren't run by Microsoft and they'll tell you which updates to avoid downloading.
I have trusted WD for years (I have a terabyte external drive for backups) and this drive performed flawlessly as expected.