WD Caviar SE16 SE16 500 GB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SATA - 7200 rpm - 16 MB Buffer - MPN: WD5000KS
Product Details
Description
WD Caviar SE16 7200 RPM next-generation SATA hard drive features 500 GB of storage and a 16 MB cache for lightning-fast performance. Yes, this reliable drive is fast, but it still delivers technologically advanced acoustics and cool operation. Designed for high-performance computers, multimedia and gaming systems.
Quick Glance
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type SATA
Form Factor Width 3.5"
Drive Type Hard Drive
normalized-Cache Size 16
normalized-Capacity 500000
normalized-Rotational Speed 7200
Expert Reviews
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low-Noise Champ?
5 Star Review  silentpcreview.com - Dec 31, 1969

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. The key to its excellent noise performance is seek noise. While the amount of noise it produces at idle is also low — about the same as the Samsung Spinpoint P80 — we have never before encountered a full sized drive with seeks that are nearly inaudible from one meter. For many people, it is seek noise, not idle noise, that is the most important noise factor. The peak power consumption during seek is significantly lower than the competition. With AAM enabled, there is virtually no difference between the amount of power consumed at idle and during seeking. In a system where the drive sees heavy use — a render farm, for example — the power savings and lower heat could be quite worthwhile. The exemplary noise levels of this Caviar SE16 are compelling enough to earn a strong recommendation.

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Western Digital Caviar SE16 SATA150 WD-KS Series
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Aug 18, 2009

Testseek.com has collected 17 expert reviews for Western Digital Caviar SE16 SATA150 WD-KS Series 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.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Losing faith in Western Digital
1 Star Review   By member jartz_1086894880 - Oct 28, 2008   

Strengths: High Capacity, Good price

Weakness: Reliability

I have 8 of these drives. One failed just 2 weeks after installing it, and was returned for an RMA. Two more just failed (at the same time!) - now about 8 months old. I am in the process of RMA'ing them now. I have pleanty of cooling and power. No problems withsoever with the Samsung drives in the same system. I used to swear by Western Digital, but with these failures, I can't recommend these drives at all. (But YMMV...)

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Quiet but HOT
2 Star Review   By member geogecko - Sep 17, 2007   

Strengths: Quiet, Quick, Large

Weakness: Too Hot

I use a couple of these drives in a fanless enclosure (4 drives total), and have had 3 failures. I have two Samsung drives in the same enclosure (even with these hot bricks), and they have never given me a problem. As someone else mentioned, thank goodness for the 3 year warranty, but when you are constantly replacing drives in an enclosure that requires you to remove about 2 dozen screws, it's annoying. The replacement drives I just got are going on ebay, and my new 500GB Samsung drives should be arriving shortly. I would not buy these drives again, at least, for this application. The drives (WD 500GB) I have in my regular computer, and in an external enclosure, work just fine though.

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Time does tell...
1 Star Review   By member PotomacMd-NetEng - Mar 8, 2007   

Strengths: Size, obviously

Weakness: High failure rate, not so great speed in a RAID configuration.

I've had a high failure rate so far. I have 5 of these in an nVidia RAID5 using SATA II. I've had 2 drives fail within an 8-10 week period after first use. Thankfully, they come with a 3 year warranty, and my RAID 5 is holding up, but 2 out of 5 seems high to me. No, heat was not a factor. I have kept a thermometer between the drives for weeks. During heaviest use, temperature was 110F (43C), and nominal was about 95F (35C). I keep these 5 drives in 2 disk bays, each bay with a 120mm fan blowing front-to-back. I even modified the top of my computer case to punch 2 large holes and mount 2 more 120mm case fans to suck the hot air up and out from directly over the back half of both drive bays. After implementing this 4-fan configuration, temperature never reached higher than 95F at worst.

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As Advertised - Good Drive
4 Star Review   By G on ClubIT - Feb 2, 2007   

Strengths: SATA, small, quiet, fast Works great for RAID

I decided to WD another chance after having some problems with their drives a few years back. After a few months, the drives seem to be holding up well. I use 2 of them for a small RAID JBOD.

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great drive
5 Star Review   By member ANFRAE - Jan 15, 2007   

Strengths: all out champ the drive is big,quick, and quiet

Weakness: there are none that i can see

I HAVE TWO,AND THEY ARE GREAT. THE DRIVE IS BIG,QUICK, AND QUIET. I CAN'T ASK FOR MORE. I HAVE THEM IN SMART DRIVE EXTERNAL ENCLOSURES WITH NO FAN THEY GET PRETTY WARM, BUT NOT HOT. THEY ARE USED A LOT, AND LEFT ON FREQUENTLY. SOMETIMES FOR DAYS AT A TIME, AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM. I WILL PURCHASE AT LEAST 2 OR 3 MORE SOON. CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THEM!

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Great silent 500 GB drive
4 Star Review   By HMan on Mwave.com - Oct 18, 2006   

Strengths: fast and silent

I did investigate a lot before deciding to buy it and I have to say I do not regret my decision. Great drive, fast and silent at the same time. The perfect backup medium. I think I will get a 2nd one.

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Today's Average: $102.43
Today's Lowest: $42.92
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Product Details
Description
WD Caviar SE16 7200 RPM next-generation SATA hard drive features 500 GB of storage and a 16 MB cache for lightning-fast performance. Yes, this reliable drive is fast, but it still delivers technologically advanced acoustics and cool operation. Designed for high-performance computers, multimedia and gaming systems.
Quick Glance
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type SATA
Form Factor Width 3.5"
Drive Type Hard Drive
normalized-Cache Size 16
normalized-Capacity 500000
normalized-Rotational Speed 7200
Summary
Product Title WD Caviar SE16 SE16 500 GB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Manufacturer WD
Lowest Price $42.92 from UpgradeBay.com
Power Score 4.0 | 8 Reviews
Storage
Capacity: 500 GB
Interface
Interface Connection: Serial ATA - 7 pin
Performance
Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
Cache Size: 16 MB
Dimensions
Dimensions: 1.03" Height x 4" Width x 5.79" Depth - Approximate
Weight: 1.32 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 3 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Product Series: SE16
Product Line: Caviar SE16
SATA Pin: 7-pin
Height: 1.03 in
Access Time: 8.9 ms
Host Transfer Rate: 300 MBps (2.3 Gbps)
Drive Interface Standard: SATA/300
Brand Name: WD
Drive Interface: SATA
Drive Width: 3.5"
Width: 4 in
Depth: 5.79 in
Maximum Internal Data Transfer Rate: 93.5 MBps (748 Mbps)
Today's Average: $102.43
Today's Lowest: $42.92
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Expert Reviews
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low-Noise Champ?
5 Star Review  silentpcreview.com - Dec 31, 1969

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. The key to its excellent noise performance is seek noise. While the amount of noise it produces at idle is also low — about the same as the Samsung Spinpoint P80 — we have never before encountered a full sized drive with seeks that are nearly inaudible from one meter. For many people, it is seek noise, not idle noise, that is the most important noise factor. The peak power consumption during seek is significantly lower than the competition. With AAM enabled, there is virtually no difference between the amount of power consumed at idle and during seeking. In a system where the drive sees heavy use — a render farm, for example — the power savings and lower heat could be quite worthwhile. The exemplary noise levels of this Caviar SE16 are compelling enough to earn a strong recommendation.

Read the full review »

Western Digital Caviar SE16 SATA150 WD-KS Series
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Aug 18, 2009

Testseek.com has collected 17 expert reviews for Western Digital Caviar SE16 SATA150 WD-KS Series 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.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Losing faith in Western Digital
1 Star Review   By member jartz_1086894880 - Oct 28, 2008   

Strengths: High Capacity, Good price

Weakness: Reliability

I have 8 of these drives. One failed just 2 weeks after installing it, and was returned for an RMA. Two more just failed (at the same time!) - now about 8 months old. I am in the process of RMA'ing them now. I have pleanty of cooling and power. No problems withsoever with the Samsung drives in the same system. I used to swear by Western Digital, but with these failures, I can't recommend these drives at all. (But YMMV...)

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Quiet but HOT
2 Star Review   By member geogecko - Sep 17, 2007   

Strengths: Quiet, Quick, Large

Weakness: Too Hot

I use a couple of these drives in a fanless enclosure (4 drives total), and have had 3 failures. I have two Samsung drives in the same enclosure (even with these hot bricks), and they have never given me a problem. As someone else mentioned, thank goodness for the 3 year warranty, but when you are constantly replacing drives in an enclosure that requires you to remove about 2 dozen screws, it's annoying. The replacement drives I just got are going on ebay, and my new 500GB Samsung drives should be arriving shortly. I would not buy these drives again, at least, for this application. The drives (WD 500GB) I have in my regular computer, and in an external enclosure, work just fine though.

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Time does tell...
1 Star Review   By member PotomacMd-NetEng - Mar 8, 2007   

Strengths: Size, obviously

Weakness: High failure rate, not so great speed in a RAID configuration.

I've had a high failure rate so far. I have 5 of these in an nVidia RAID5 using SATA II. I've had 2 drives fail within an 8-10 week period after first use. Thankfully, they come with a 3 year warranty, and my RAID 5 is holding up, but 2 out of 5 seems high to me. No, heat was not a factor. I have kept a thermometer between the drives for weeks. During heaviest use, temperature was 110F (43C), and nominal was about 95F (35C). I keep these 5 drives in 2 disk bays, each bay with a 120mm fan blowing front-to-back. I even modified the top of my computer case to punch 2 large holes and mount 2 more 120mm case fans to suck the hot air up and out from directly over the back half of both drive bays. After implementing this 4-fan configuration, temperature never reached higher than 95F at worst.

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As Advertised - Good Drive
4 Star Review   By G on ClubIT - Feb 2, 2007   

Strengths: SATA, small, quiet, fast Works great for RAID

I decided to WD another chance after having some problems with their drives a few years back. After a few months, the drives seem to be holding up well. I use 2 of them for a small RAID JBOD.

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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great drive
5 Star Review   By member ANFRAE - Jan 15, 2007   

Strengths: all out champ the drive is big,quick, and quiet

Weakness: there are none that i can see

I HAVE TWO,AND THEY ARE GREAT. THE DRIVE IS BIG,QUICK, AND QUIET. I CAN'T ASK FOR MORE. I HAVE THEM IN SMART DRIVE EXTERNAL ENCLOSURES WITH NO FAN THEY GET PRETTY WARM, BUT NOT HOT. THEY ARE USED A LOT, AND LEFT ON FREQUENTLY. SOMETIMES FOR DAYS AT A TIME, AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM. I WILL PURCHASE AT LEAST 2 OR 3 MORE SOON. CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THEM!

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Great silent 500 GB drive
4 Star Review   By HMan on Mwave.com - Oct 18, 2006   

Strengths: fast and silent

I did investigate a lot before deciding to buy it and I have to say I do not regret my decision. Great drive, fast and silent at the same time. The perfect backup medium. I think I will get a 2nd one.

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