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500 Gb Western Digital 5000AAKS [ £89.17 plus delivery ]
500 Gb Western Digital 5000AAKS [ £89.17 plus delivery ]

500 Gb Western Digital 5000AAKS [ £89.17 plus delivery ]

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WD Caviar SE16 SATA II hard drives combine 300 MB/s transfer rate and 16 MB cache for industry leading performance. Yes, these reliable drives are lightning fast, but they still deliver technologically advanced acoustics and cool operation. The one-two performance punch of 300 MB/s transfer rate, state-of-the-art performance for SATA drives, and 16 MB cache make the WD Caviar SE16 family the fastest desktop-class hard drives available. Cool operation means the highest reliability even in high-heat environments such as personal video recorders. Thats why these drives, the coolest on the market, are the drive of choice for the worlds leading consumer electronics manufacturers as well as the worlds leading PC makers. The technology that Toms Hardware called very fast and nearly silent is repeated in this family of drives. We have minimized noise to levels virtually below the threshold of human hearing with our WhisperDrive" technology. And to cut seek noise, our SoftSeek" technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, resulting in the drive operating more efficiently when accessing and writing data.

£75.89 Ex VAT
£89.17 Inc VAT

same price on overclockers.co.uk/sho…-WD

quackstar84
On this site & page: ]http//te…g=2

It states the 500GB version of the Caviar SE16 drive does have Native Command Queuing, it's just versions lower then the 500GB (250GB) which don't have it.


silentpcreview.com/art…tml - glint

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I have several of the 320GB versions of this drive. My PC runs very quiet and I can barely hear these drives in action. They are also amongst the fastest drives available in the 7200RPM range.

genkgenk

I have several of the 320GB versions of this drive. My PC runs very quiet … I have several of the 320GB versions of this drive. My PC runs very quiet and I can barely hear these drives in action. They are also amongst the fastest drives available in the 7200RPM range.



Yep, echo that.

I have 2 x 320gb versions of this drive in my pc..........if I save a file, I actually make a point of watching the HD light on the case to check something is happening.......these drives are almost silent to the human ear.

Original Poster

thanks for your feedback on the drive, I normally go for samsung but this price is too tempting and as far as i can see it has at least a 3ry warranty

All Western Digital drives come with a 3 year warranty except the Raptor, which has a 5 year warranty. I think you may get longer if you register the drive with Western Digital. I always replace mine every 2-3 years. Seagate give 5 year warranties on all their drives.

very good price but there is no NCQ, which is a must for such a big drive, so i'll pass.

For those who are unsure as to what demonblade is refering to - ]http//en…ing

But what about this -

However, the current [NCQ] technology actually slows down HD access in … However, the current [NCQ] technology actually slows down HD access in certain applications, like games and sequential reads, because of the added latency induced by NCQ logic

Good for storing HD videos, great price

demonblade

very good price but there is no NCQ, which is a must for such a big drive



Of course that makes no difference if your motherboard doesn't support NCQ

Good price ordered 1 !

Banned

If it's just for storage then drive speed is somewhat secondary - hence no NCG = so what>?

Thats a great price, thanks!!!

Review if somene is interested:
]http//te…g=1
After reading it I'm 100% sure I will buy one

demonblade

very good price but there is no NCQ, which is a must for such a big … very good price but there is no NCQ, which is a must for such a big drive, so i'll pass.

The review link given above says different.

Decent drive, decent price...shame it's from the worst IT "retailer" in the country. I wouldn't touch it with the proverbial dirty stick.

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a choice of 2 and scan are great in my experience.

Mr No

Decent drive, decent price...shame it's from the worst IT "retailer" in … Decent drive, decent price...shame it's from the worst IT "retailer" in the country. I wouldn't touch it with the proverbial dirty stick.


Ive always found Scan to be very good. They deliver quickly and the goods are always in excellent condition, I really dont understand why you feel theyre a bad company!?

Mr No

Decent drive, decent price...shame it's from the worst IT "retailer" in … Decent drive, decent price...shame it's from the worst IT "retailer" in the country. I wouldn't touch it with the proverbial dirty stick.



Explanation?

Been using Scan for years. Never any problems.

Scan are fine. Dont worry about using them. They are one of the best retailers IMHO.

russ

Ive always found Scan to be very good. They deliver quickly and the goods … Ive always found Scan to be very good. They deliver quickly and the goods are always in excellent condition. I really don't understand why you feel they're a bad company!?



I'm wondering the same thing

Voted hot as this seems to be the only 500gb HDD for under £110 and works out at 17p/gb

Bargain.

Hi Guys, say some one like myself is more interested in a performance increase rather than data storage capacity, would it be a better idea to buy two “250 Gb Western Digital WD2500KS Caviar SE16” drives and set them up as raid 0? I ask because I’m new to raid settings and haven't got a clue =P.

Thanks for any advice.

Oh and Scan.com also have my support.

Please be aware P&P on this drive is £5.98, so totall cost is: £96.20

demonblade

very good price but there is no NCQ, which is a must for such a big … very good price but there is no NCQ, which is a must for such a big drive, so i'll pass.



On this site & page: ]http//te…g=2

It states the 500GB version of the Caviar SE16 drive does have Native Command Queuing, it's just versions lower then the 500GB (250GB) which don't have it.

Thanks for the extra info and feedback all Very useful and Welcome to HotUKDeals new members here too ;-)

Original Poster

don't you normally get an email confirmation from scan? I've ordered but not even had a confirmation email.

glint

don't you normally get an email confirmation from scan? I've ordered but … don't you normally get an email confirmation from scan? I've ordered but not even had a confirmation email.



It can take awhile, how long have you waited? remember it's the weekend too.

stings me an extra £23 to deliver to Belfast and then VAT on top!! doh!!
All and all £120 :-(

Original Poster

quackstar84

It can take awhile, how long have you waited? remember it's the weekend … It can take awhile, how long have you waited? remember it's the weekend too.

ordered yesterday, It wall seemed to go through ok I just expect an email with the order details normally.

@biglil, did you try overclockers, they maybe cheaper for delivery to you. £89 includes vat so £30 postage is way ott imo.

Original Poster

order went through and emails all came through this morning :thumbsup:

glint

did you try overclockers, they maybe cheaper for delivery to you. £89 … did you try overclockers, they maybe cheaper for delivery to you. £89 includes vat so £30 postage is way ott imo.



Worked out cheaper!

Sub Total : £75.99
Royal Mail Special Delivery Shipping : £8.95
Vat : £14.86

Total : £99.80

Cheers glint!

It's back up to £113.85 plus delivery.

quackstar84

Hi Guys, say some one like myself is more interested in a performance … Hi Guys, say some one like myself is more interested in a performance increase rather than data storage capacity, would it be a better idea to buy two “250 Gb Western Digital WD2500KS Caviar SE16” drives and set them up as raid 0? I ask because I’m new to raid settings and haven't got a clue =P.



RAID 0 will produce faster reads and writes but is only relevant if your main use for the PC is data processing. In normal home use, you will see little difference in speed between 2 x 250Gb as RAID 0 and a single 500Gb. The RAID setup also increases your risk of failure by a factor of at least 2 (if one drive fails you lose all your data). RAID also makes it more difficult to use backup imaging software such as Acronis TrueImage.

Having said that, I have 2 x250Gb as a RAID 0 and am perfectly happy. It worked out cheaper than buying a single 500Gb drive and I have external drives for backups. I am also sufficently tech savvy to get Acronis TrueImage to work with RAID. I like the idea of the extra speed being there when I need it and because of my backup routines, am not overly concerned about drive failure. One thing to watch out for - if you are using Windows XP - on installing the Operating system you will need to install the RAID drivers. This can ONLY be done via a floppy disk. If you don't have a floppy drive in your machine, you can't install XP onto a RAID 0.

Original Poster

^ if you can't afford a hardware raid card for raid5 I wouldn't bother, raid0 is much more troublesome that a normal disk and you can't just put into another system or stick in a caddy. also using nearly twice as much power draw from your psu.

^^ bummer, glad I got my order comfirmed :-)

glint

if you can't afford a hardware raid card for raid5 I wouldn't bother, … if you can't afford a hardware raid card for raid5 I wouldn't bother, raid0 is much more troublesome that a normal disk and you can't just put into another system or stick in a caddy. also using nearly twice as much power draw from your psu.



Most modern motherboards that support RAID will support RAID5. Trouble is that RAID5 (3 drives) is slower than RAID0 (2 drives) and doesn't give the complete backup of RAID1 (2 drives). It's a sort of halfway house that appears attractive but really isn't. If all you're after is speed - go for RAID0. If you want to ba able to hotswap and have 100% redundancy, go for RAID1, If you want both, go for RAID0+1 (4 drives). If you don't want the speed and don't want redundancy, don't use RAID.

My guess is that 90% of home users should not use RAID0 as they will see no benefit and that most home users couldn't justify the expense of a redundant disk for RAID1. In any case, if you go down the route of using RAID, you need to be a reasonably advanced computer user to understand what you have, make best use of it and maintain it. I fall into the 90% category but like the idea that I have the speed should it ever prove necessary (I'm also a bit of a geek and like to say that I use RAID).
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