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Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive

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Caviar Blue 500GB
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Hard disk drives are today\'s fastest permanent storage media and have a large capacity. For this two reasons they are the most used storage medium in computers and servers. When buying a new hard disk, there are three important things to consider:\
- The connection of the disk to the computer or other device you will be using it with has a big influence on the speed with which data can be read from/written to the disk. Make sure the connection of the disk you buy is compatible with your computer!\
- The rotational speed is also important for the speed with which data can be read from/written to the disk and determines the time it takes to find a file on the disk.\
- Last but not least, the storage capacity of the disk, i.e. the amount of data that can be stored on the disk.
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Long product name Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive :
The short editorial description of Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive

8.89 cm (3.5 ") , 500GB, PATA, 16MB Cache, 7200RPM

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive:
The official marketing text of Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive as supplied by the manufacturer
WD Caviar® SE16 EIDE drives feature up to 500 GB of storage and a 16 MB cache for lightning-fast performance. Yes, these reliable drives are fast, but they still deliver technologically advanced acoustics and cool operation. Designed for high-performance computers, multimedia or gaming systems these drives are the perfect choice as an upgrade or replacement for your EIDE system.

Product FeaturesTop performance for Windows Vista™ - WD Caviar SE16 SATA and EIDE drives are certified for Windows Vista and are top performers 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.

SecurePark™ - 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.

Ideal for

Designed for high-performance business computers and multimedia or gaming systems. Ideal as an upgrade or replacement drive for any high-end EIDE system.
Short summary description Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive:
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Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB, 3.5", 500 GB, 7200 RPM, Parallel ATA, 16 MB, HDD
Long summary description Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive :

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB. Hard drive size: 3.5", Hard drive capacity: 500 GB, Hard drive speed: 7200 RPM, Hard drive interface: Parallel ATA, Device type: HDD, Drive device, buffer size: 16 MB

This is an auto-generated long summary of Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 500GB Parallel ATA hard disk drive based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Hard drive
Hard drive capacity *
The maximum storage capacity of the hard disk, usually measured in bytes e.g. GB.
500 GB
Hard drive interface *
The way that a hard disk drive (HDD) is connected to the rest of the computer through a 'bus' such as ATA or SCSI.
Parallel ATA
Hard drive speed *
The rotational speed of a hard disk expressed in rotations per minute. The faster the better.
7200 RPM
Hard drive size *
The amount of data that the hard drive can store.
Device type *
Type or category of the device.
Drive device, buffer size
A reserved segment of memory within a drive device that is used to hold the data being processed.
16 MB
Full stroke seek
The “full stroke seek” is the time required to travel from the first to the last track of the disk.
1 ms
Start/stop cycles
Power consumption (standby)
The amount of electricity that is consumed when the product is on standby.
1 W
Power consumption (PowerSave)
1 W
Power consumption (read)
8.3 W
Power consumption (write)
8.3 W
Power consumption (idle)
7.7 W
Input voltage
The voltage (V) which is required to power the product.
System requirements
Windows operating systems supported
Windows vesions wich can be used with the device.
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
The minimum and maximum temperatures at which the product can be safely operated.
0 - 60 °C
Storage temperature (T-T)
The minimum and maximum temperatures at which the product can be safely stored.
-40 - 70 °C
Weight & dimensions
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
4" (101.6 mm)
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
1" (25.4 mm)
The distance from the front to the back of something.
5.79" (147 mm)
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
21.2 oz (600 g)
Packaging content
Storage drive adapter included *
The number of products there are.
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 17 expert reviews for Western Digital Caviar® SE16 500GB EIDE and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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This month, WD joins the 500GB party with its Caviar SE 16 drive. Because the 400GB model is already our favorite 7,200rpm drive, we expected big things from its four-platter successor—and we were mostly satisfied. The drive runs on a SATA 3G interface...
Hard drive capacities have been reaching for the skies, while the prices have been nose-diving; even the highest-capacity drive is within reach. We got our hands on one of the hottest drives in the market today, the Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AA...
Good Fast, runs cool, silent, perpendicular magnetic recording technology, huge capacity, inexpensive, 5-year onsite warranty...
Bad None...
Bottom line The Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS is backed by a solid 16 MB of cache. It is good to have one big drive instead of several smaller ones; this drive boasts of fantastic performance, and is one of the best mainstream drives weve tested. "Mains...
Most people when dreaming of building our ultimate gaming PC automatically start thinking about what graphics card we will get or what type of cooling we will have in our unit. Hard drives are considered an afterthought and some people will even just m...
If we were to play a word association game with a PC enthusiast and said "Western Digital," its likely his geek reflexes would immediately trigger and force him to reply "Raptor" before he even realized he had spoken. Western Digital makes many more stora...
Good Excellent performance...
Bad Meager software bundle...
Its been a while since we last took a serious look at the best bang-for-the-buck in mainstream-priced desktop hard drives. Hard drive manufacturers havent remained idle either, as all of the major players have been busily increasing performance while decr...
we expect great things of them.
Bottom line For once, a hard drive has lived up to its marketing claims. The 500 GB Caviar SE16 is the quietest 3.5" desktop drive that we know of on the market today. Not only is it quieter than all of the other high capacity drives that weve looked at, it also...
Storage space is the new blue LED, everybody wants as much of it as they can get. I swear that in the next five years well all look back on this day and think, “WTF were we doing with spinning media? We were totally crazy!” Until then, though...
Bottom line This drive performed surprisingly well, definitely due to the large cache size. Though the random access time suffered in comparison to the other two drives, this was of course due to the large capacity and, in the case of the Raptor, slower rotation...
Bigger is Better In this every increasing world of data hungry software and apps, the old 50 gig drive, which a couple of years ago would be considered mammoth in portions, just doesnt cut it. Multimedia Apps, 3D games, DVD burners and home movies can...
Updated March 9th, 2006, with Raptor 10K 150GB resultsUpdated March 10th, 2006, with WD5000KS 500GB results The new "darlings" of the storage community are the "half-terabyte" Serial ATA II (300 gigabit/sec) hard drives. In this evolving article, we c...
August 22, 2007 In our first hard drive survey a year ago, we had to plan on spending almost 300 € for a storage capacity of 500 GB. This price has since been decreased by two-thirds and now it’s no longer rare to find such a capacity for 100 € or l...
I cant get away from it; I am just a sucker for storage. I try to keep myself away from the HDD scene because I know I will just buy everything I can afford to buy. Hard drives and Chassis are my weakness, and today Western Digital is going to smack m...
TODAY, THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY two classes of 3.5" Serial ATA hard drives available to consumers: drives designed for desktops, and those targeted at the enterprise. Desktop drives make up the bulk of the market and tend to favor lower noise levels and f...
Bottom line Western Digitals 500GB Caviar SE16 and RE2 have a lot in common, especially when it comes to their exceptionally well-balanced performance. Most drives tend to excel in one area of our exhaustive suite of storage benchmarks and falter in another, but...
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