WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives scored a 5.9--the highest possible score--on the Windows Experience Index performance tests built into Windows Vista. These drives combine 16 MB cache with 300 MB/s transfer rate for lightning-fast performance and cool, quiet operation. Enhanced reliability features help protect the drive and the data stored on it.
Top performance for Windows Vista - The WD Caviar SE16 500 GB SATA drive received a 5.9, the highest possible score on the Windows Vista Experience Index.
16 MB Cache - Bigger cache means faster performance. A massive 16 MB cache combined with advanced acoustic and power-reducing technologies make these ultra-fast drives the perfect solution for the fully loaded PC.
IntelliSeek™ - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration. View demo>
Ramp Load - Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long term reliability due to less head wear, and improved non-operational shock tolerance.
Preemptive Wear Leveling (PWL) - The drive arm frequently sweeps across the disk to reduce uneven wear on the drive surface.
Designed for use in the fastest PCs on the market, including high-performance business computers and multimedia or gaming systems. Perfect for Windows Vista.
How this WD hard drive protects your data
Data Lifeguard™ is an exclusive set of data protection features, including shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates, and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.
Data Lifeguard Tools™ are software utilities designed for WD hard drives that work with the embedded Data Lifeguard features to make hard drive installation,diagnostics and repair both simple and worry-free. (Download Data Lifeguard Tools)
ShockGuard™ instantaneously protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations while it is running. This technology enables WD Caviar drives to achieve industry-leading shock specifications.
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One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
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Western Digital definitely has a relative speed demon on its hands with the WD5000KS. While it can't keep up with the company's Raptor, it can definitely win most battles against competing high-capacity hard drives.
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Great little hard drive for everyday use. Western Digital is always been a leading hard drive manufacturer which I have never had a problem with. Their drives are well build. The price of under $40 is well worth this drive.
i love western digital hd's, but this kinda disapointed me, everything about it is great, fast, quiet, seems to be very cool, not much heat came off it, but as i use my pc more and more, there was this hummm, not very audible, but can almost feel it, the drive gave off lots of vibrations, the disc spinning must have cause the vibrations, either way i took it back out and used my old samsung 250gb drive, and just used this 500gb as external drive storage
i use this harddisk on a budget build. it's a good harddisk for the price. you can't make a mistake when you buy a western caviar hd. i didn't buy it on ncix at this time but it's clearly less expensive here now..! next time i will buy it here! i recommend this product to everyones who is on a low budget build!!
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