Designed with top-of-the-line notebook computers in mind, this high performance drive delivers the capacity and speed needed to supercharge a notebook PC without compromising battery life or quiet acoustics. Features like these also make this drive an outstanding option for compact desktops, external hard drives, gaming systems, and blade servers.
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"Western Digital may have taken its sweet time bringing the Scorpio Black up to the half-terabyte mark, but the time invested was very well spent...Our overall performance index agrees, scoring the Black higher than the other three drives—by a decent margin.... Performan
With a 7200 RPM drive speed, 16 MB cache, and 3 GB/s SATA interface, the Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB hard drive looks impressive on paper and had solid performance numbers in the benchmarks. Seeing 120MB read and 101MB/s write in the CrystalDiskMark sequential read/write tests was very impre
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I bought this drive to upgrade my 2 y+ macbook pro with a new hard drive (and new RAM), hoping to extend it's useful life. The upgrade process of a macbook's hd is a pain, but the result is very satisfying. More than quadrupled my available space and boot / load times have improved appreciably. I didn't own comparable items to compare with other drive, but I would recommend this one to anyone looking to upgrade a laptop.
Very affordable 500gb drive. Drive noise seems high compared to the 5400 rpm drive it replaced. This may be just a trait of a 7200 rpm drive and may not be of concern but it is worth noting that drive life may be lower than expected.
No problems installing the hard drive. Everything is working to spec, it makes noise when at full rpm but overall fairly quiet. Its a good volume size for a laptop computer. Very good value for gb/price compared to a ssd option.
Not much to say here, the drive is quite fast, has a great warranty, and is an awesome deal when on sale. Picked mine up for $53, will stick to these drives for 2.5" applications going forwards. If you're picky on noise, consider flooking for other options (SSD) if you're looking for a laptop drive, as this drive is louder than most.
I bought this to put in the 2nd HD caddy in my thinkpad. I read some of the reviews about the noise level but I got it anyway. It is definitely audible in a low-noise room, it sounds like a fan, but it doesn't bother me much. It is faster than the 5400rpm 250GB Toshiba drive that it is replacing and it doesn't seem to put too much of a dent into the battery life.
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Warranty length may vary per specific model. Western Digital Raptor and Caviar RE series enterprise drives are covered by a 5 year warranty. Caviar and Caviar Blue & Green desktop drives are covered by a 2 year warranty for OEM drives, and a 1 year warranty for Retail.
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