Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance.
32 MB cache - Bigger, faster cache means faster performance.
Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture
StableTrac™ - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.
NoTouch™ ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
5 Year Limited Warranty
Massive Capacity - WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities up to 1 TB.
Compatible - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab™ and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.
Power computing applications such as multimedia, video and photo editing, and maxed out gaming computers.
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.
- by David_W @Oct 06, 2008
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There is not much to say about this product that has not been said before. You picked this product for it's size (500GB), cach (32MB), price (after PriceMatch) and WD brand. That is my 2 cents. Hope the product serves you well for years to come.
I have 2 of these drives running in raid stripe for my system for 2 years now with no problems and 32MB cache makes them a fast drive. They are a quiet drive and affordable. I would recommend for main drive or storage.
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I use the black western digital hard drives in 99% of my builds and have yet to have one fail. I found that the Black drive give the best performance and depedability in mechanical drives. I will definaty purchase again
I bought this drive for a friend who needed an external hard drive to transform her Bell receiver in a PVR. I've read that the receiver can be tricky to work with slower disks so I got this drive. It was recognize by the receiver in a few seconds and works perfectly.
Bought this drive because I needed something to put into my MAME cabinet computer. Its pretty cheap pricewise, and reasonably fast. Not too loud either. Its worked great for the 3 months I've had it so far.
I wanted to upgrade a Desktop PC and researched all the drives. I chose this one mainly because I thought it could help boost the speed, and it comes with a 5 year warranty. Can't go wrong with this one.
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