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WD - Mainstream 500GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Laptops

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Give your laptop a performance boost with this WD Mainstream internal Serial ATA hard drive, which features a spacious 500GB capacity for storing media. Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps deliver efficient operation.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • WD Mainstream 500GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Laptops
    • Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1814 out of 1865)

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    Features


    500GB storage capacity

    Provides plenty of space for your music, movies, photos, documents and other files.

    Serial ATA interface

    For connecting to your computer.

    Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps

    Ensure a quick response when updating files.

    8MB cache buffer

    For rapid processing speed.

    5400 rpm speed

    Enables fast performance.

    12 ms average seek time

    Offers quick read and write times.

    Low power consumption

    Allows cool, quiet operation.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1865 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dell Computer and Best Buy are on MY team!

      Posted
      Jeannie
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Dell worked with me to provide important information on a disk for Best Buy's Geek Squad's use in replacing my hard drive. There was only a 9-day turnaround from the moment I took it into Best Buy...and the day I walked out with my computer turn-keyed. That's unheard of...especially with the coordination of service/product information that was needed to ensure the repair and replacement would actually happen. And, I was the middle-man! Dell treated me with the utmost respect as a consumer...realizing Best Buy was indeed willing and able to repair their product versus Dell thwarting repair efforts in hope of me purchasing a new Dell laptop. It never crossed my mind...as I received, "flash-drive service". In retrospect, that ideal experience...was not coincidental...but intentional...from both parties. Therefore, I envision myself purchasing a Dell in the future, from Best Buy, due to the spectacular service experience I incurred. That's a "match made in heaven"...and I am living on earth! Envisioning myself purchasing another Dell is a big statement coming from me, considering I have mentally prepared myself for the day when I can afford an Apple product...this is definitely a head-turner experience. I like the advancements available in Apple technology...but, I don't have to incur more expense to receive a quality product. I believe everyone should have access to affordable technology...ranging from our very young...to our very old...and in that regard, I think it should be free for them after a certain threshold of age! I would love to open their eyes to the "promised land" while they are here on earth! Our elderly suffer with tunnel-vision while the rest of the population's world is opening to vision beyond belief. We can connect them with phone service through their internet...and they wouldn't have to incur a mobile service charge. Now, we're talking about freedom!!! (A girl's gotta dream...). Again...an affordable product and service provider would make this doable. So, let's re-cap... the disk from Dell came overnight mail at no charge to me, the hard drive cost was $49, purchased at Best Buy, and my Geek Squad service price was exactly what I was quoted before the hard drive failure discovery. I'd say that's a "fair shake". My Dell computer is polished up shiny and new...and cruisin' at speeds as originally intended to. This family of 3 is especially grateful as we share this 1 device, and it accommodates all of our needs...efficiently and effectively. Thanks Dell and Best Buy...we make a great team! :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Defective

      Posted
      nerdKing

      Bought this hard drive (WDBMYH5000ANC-NRSN) to replace a Toshiba MK1237GSX on my HP Pavilion dv9420us with bad blocks. During the initial setup (using Win PE booted from usb), out of 10 to 15 reboots (didn't record the exact count), the drive showed up 3 times as unreadable in diskpart. When I finally got back into my Win XP installed on the second hard drive (the computer has two hard drives and the WD was going to replace the first one), the first time I was able to access the WD hard drive without any problem, but when I ran WD's own "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic" tool to test it, it showed up as having 0GB capacity, while ironically, the tool correctly reported the second hard drive (Toshiba) as having 120GB capacity. I rebooted and ran the tool again, now it correctly reported the WD hard drive's capacity of 500GB. However, after I shut down the computer and turned it back on, the hard drive showed up as "unformated", though in fact I had already made two partitions both formatted as NTFS during the initial setup. I rebooted the computer without doing anything to the hard drive to see what would happen, and again it came back to normal. I am not going to trust my system and data with such an erratic hard drive, and I want to caution future shoppers of potential data, money and time losses if they choose to buy it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great hard drive for the money

      Posted
      Raymond
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Five stars for the drive. Purchased to replace the failing OEM hard drive in an HP Pavilion laptop. Installation was painless and the new drive runs great. Spindle speed 5400 RPM is technically slower than the OEM drive it replaced, but I don't notice a difference in access speed. Five stars also for WD's downloadable Acronis TrueImage (ATI) software. ATI will backup all partitions including hidden Windows partitions and the boot sector, so the entire contents can be transferred to the new WD hard drive. Bootable ATI recovery disk can be created on either a CD-ROM or a USB stick, though the WD edition will only run if a WD drive is installed. ATI gets a fifth star for its ability to be installed and run from the old hard drive AND wipe the old drive in place. This is useful if you only have one SATA cable and you're replacing a non-WD drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      mixed feelings

      Posted
      appreciativewithquestions
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      Hi. So far the hard drive and Webroot have functioned properly, although I've already seen a few moments when they could have been faster. I also appreciate that your service person offered to install Windows 10. My problem is the way you sell the extra year service. You are not really going to give me a bad hard drive are you? And if you did, won't you replace or repair anyway (within, say, a few months time)? Even if you did decide I needed to pay for another hard drive, it would still be only another $80, less than half the price of the service. Ok, and I really appreciate that I didn't need to ask the obvious, in that you offer the internet security as part of the package, but why are you charging for it [I wasn't asked ahead of time... maybe I would have preferred another brand]. Just seems a bit tacky that $199 for for 1 year of service I hopefully won't need in the first year (if you did the work correctly) doesn't cover that. So, about recommending, I'd give a friend a recommendation with a heavy dose of "but, if..."

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Harddrive to get you back on and running

      Posted
      WolfMan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bought the WD hard drive to replace a failing drive on my laptop. Easy to install for those who may be intimidated to replace a hard drive, as for me I have bought and replace HDD for different Laptops/PC. I did a fresh OS install for my laptop. So far, so good my laptop is working fine. WD does provide Acronis True image Software that you download free from WD website to clone your HDD that would save you the trouble of reinstalling a fresh OS install, but know that it will clone the HDD for only using in the same laptop or PC as a back up and it will save you the trouble of having to reinstall your programs. The price was fair and the availability in stock to buy the HDD in the store is good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      BASIC Laptop Drive, cheap for size

      Posted
      DirtCheapComputers
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      By 'basic' I mean this drive is a serviceable unit but lacks the speed one would desire. For older laptops, especially for something to salvage client data onto, this is fine. When replacing a laptop drive, check what the speed is on the drive you are replacing. You would be surprised how many, even newer laptops, are running pretty darn slow drives.........well, this would not speed up or slow down most mid to lower range laptops. If you have a fast laptop, you should really go with the PNY solid state drive. But when replacing a 5400 speed or more basic this is fine. Hey, building or rebuilding just a really basic desktop? These can make do just fine and are in-stock at more often than the smaller end of the desktop drives.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Solid Hard Drive Affordable

      Posted
      Matt
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This drive is AMAZING for its intended purpose. It is not a very fast hard drive - This is not the sort of storage that you would want as your primary drive to pair with you new 'gaming rig' with top of the line graphics and CPU. It will work just fine, but you will need to wait a few seconds longer for Windows to start up and for video games to load than you may be used to. If you want a fast drive, either get a Solid State Drive or 'WD Desktop Performance' or 'WD Black' hard drive (but these will be more expensive per GB and will consumer more power, except for the SSD which consumes less power). This drive has five very good aspects - 1) It has a LOT of storage for the price, 2) It consumes less than half of the power of a standard HDD, 3) It is extremely reliable, 4) It is much quieter than a standard HDD, and 5) It produces a lot less heat than a standard HDD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great hard drive, Fantastic included software

      Posted
      hubermania
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Five stars for the drive. Purchased to replace the failing OEM hard drive in an HP Pavilion laptop. Installation was painless and the new drive runs great. Spindle speed 5400 RPM is technically slower than the OEM drive it replaced, but I don't notice a difference in access speed. Five stars also for WD's downloadable Acronis TrueImage (ATI) software. ATI will backup all partitions including hidden Windows partitions and the boot sector, so the entire contents can be transferred to the new WD hard drive. Bootable ATI recovery disk can be created on either a CD-ROM or a USB stick, though the WD edition will only run if a WD drive is installed. ATI gets a fifth star for its ability to be installed and run from the old hard drive AND wipe the old drive in place. This is useful if you only have one SATA cable and you're replacing a non-WD drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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