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Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB (WD5000AAKS)


$75.00

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Good speed upgrade over the 5000KS. Really quiet, no heat issues. Great warranty, Western Digital really steps up when it comes to service/replacement.

The Cons:Today the 6400AAKS represents better value (for 10 dollars more you get 2 platters with higher capacity, allowing for lower thermals and noise while improving speed and stability).

The  Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB (WD5000AAKS), now part of the blue series, is a hard disk drive for use within a closed computer system. Similar to the WD5000KS, the 5000AAKS features 1 less platter, with higher density platters for improvement in speed and heat output.

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Featuring 500GB of capacity, a 16MB cache and a 7200RPM spindle speed, the WD5000AAKS provides good balanced performance while maintaining low noise levels and manageable temperatures. As of late 2008, the 5000AAKS represents a good price:performance point for budget PC construction: featuring high performance and a fairly standard capacity - enough for a wide variety of programs and media.

Features

  • Capacity: 3 x 160GB platters (vs 4 x 125GB in the 5000KS)
  • Cache: 16MB
  • Interface: SATA II
  • Speed: 7200RPM
  • Dimensions & Weight: 147 x 101.6 x 25.4 (LWH), 1.4 pounds
  • Warranty: 3 years

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    good speed upgrade over the 5000KS

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    really quiet, no heat issues

  • 2

    great warranty, Western Digital really steps up when it comes to service/replacement

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    high reliability

Cons
  • 2

    today the 6400AAKS represents better value (for 10 dollars more you get 2 platters with higher capacity, allowing for lower thermals and noise while improving speed and stability)

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Yale: #western_digital_caviar_se16_500gb_wd5000aaks Bought this drive in October 2007 for $100. I've been using my older 2500JB (250GB) so it sat in my PC pretty much unused until recently when I attempted to install Vista. The drive failed then, and even though I was able to get XP installed on it SMART had been tripped and alerted me the drive was facing imminent failure. RMA'd it just over a week ago and received an upgrade (7500AAKS) tonight, for only the cost of shipping to Western Digital! My 2500JB has lasted ages, and after such a positive RMA experience I have no problems or sour feelings! Will continue to buy WD into the future. Sep 20, 08
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