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Western Digital Caviar WD5000AACS 500 GB - Hard Drive - Bulk - WD5000AACS

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5 out of 5
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Ease of Use

Pros: Quiet, fast, reliable, GREEN! Cons: None! Needed a hard drive for all my data (work, pictures, videos, music, etc). My old hard drive was loud, a Seagate Barracuda which was loud, very loud. This one I don't even hear it when it's reading.

-Malik quote

the hard drive is very quiet and fast, i would recommend to family and friends.

-Anonymous quote

A Good Value

on 10/12/2008

I got a great price for this 500 GB drive. As other reviewers have noted this is a bare drive - no cables, no software. Fortunately I already had cables. The drive utility software can be downloaded from WD's web site. One import note - this drive does not have a molex power socket like some other SATA drives I have purchased in the past. If you have an older power supply that doesn't have SATA-style power connectors you will need a molex-to-SATA adapter to power the drive.

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on 11/2/2008

Easy to install....Doesn't make any noise.....I LOVE IT!!!....5 stars

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Product Overview

As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation.

Reduced power consumption
WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to standard desktop drives with the combination of WD's IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and IntelliPower technologies.

Helps enable eco-friendly PCs
WD Caviar Green drives yield an average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over standard desktop drives making it possible for our energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation. This power savings equates to reducing CO2 emission by up to 13.8 kilograms per drive per year - the equivalent of taking a car off the road for 3 days each year. By using environmentally-conscious PCs with our WD Caviar Green drives on board, large organizations with many desktop computers can minimize their carbon footprint and save real money on electricity costs.

Cool and Quiet
WD GreenPower Technology yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.

Perfect for external drives
External drive manufacturers can eliminate the need for a fan in a high-capacity product with a WD Caviar Green drive, the coolest and quietest in its class. External drives with WD Caviar Green drives on board can save up to $14.00 per year in electricity costs. See our power savings chart for details.

A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. Additionally, WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted.

Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.

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.

Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR)
Employs PMR technology to achieve even greater areal density.

Ideal For:
PCs, external storage, and other devices that require lower power consumption and cool, quiet operation.


Manufacturer Western Digital
Mfg Part# WD5000AACS
SKU 205838351
UPC 718037724652
UPC 14 00718037724652
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Hard Drive Interface 1 x 7-pin Serial ATA/300 Serial ATA
Rotational Speed 7200 rpm
Manufacturer Western Digital Corporation
Product Type Hard Drive
Package Type Bulk
Product Model WD5000AACS
Manufacturer Part Number WD5000AACS
Product Line Caviar
Product Name Caviar GP WD5000AACS Hard Drive
Manufacturer Website Address
Weight 1.61 lb
Height 1.03"
Compatible Drive Bay Width 3.5"
Width 0.46"
Compatible Drive Bay Height 1/3H
Form Factor Internal
Depth 5.79"
Storage Capacity 500 GB
Tech Specs
Performance Specifications
Transfer Rates: Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 3 Gb/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Formatted Capacity 500,107 MB
Capacity 500 GB
Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive 976,773,168
Physical Dimensions
Height 1.028 Inches (Max)
Length 5.787 Inches (Max)
Width 4.00 Inches (+/- 0.010 inch)
Weight 1.32 Pounds
Environmental Specifications
Operating Shock (Read) 65G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 300G, 2 ms
Idle Mode 24 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 29 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 3 25 dBA (average)
Operating Linear 20-300 Hz, .75G (0 to peak)
Operating Random 10-300 Hz, 0.004 g² / Hz
Non-operating Low Frequency 5-20 Hz, 0.195 inches (double amplitude)
Non-operating High Frequency 20-500 Hz, 4.0G (0 to peak)
Electrical Specifications
Read/Write 5.4 Watts
Idle 2.5 Watts
Standby 0.46 Watts
Sleep 0.46 Watts
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