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My Passport Essential WDBAAA5000AWT

My Passport Essential WDBAAA5000AWT
alaAverage 4.2

217 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 217 reviews of My Passport Essential WDBAAA5000AWT. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Hard Drives for all reviews.

On average, users rate this product 84/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of My Passport Essential WDBAAA5000AWT from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Hard Drives on

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2017

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Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Patrick Schmid (

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The new WD top model offers neat features and a whopping 400 GB, but little performance improvement over the 320 GB version. How does it compare ...

The WD4000 compares favorably to other WD drives, but remains behind its current competitor from Seagate (7200.8) when it comes to low level performance (except for the access time test.) This makes it rather clear that the next generation hard drives...

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: Matthew C. (

Not bad


static mount may reduce noise

Decent price for WD black

Noisy, 3gbs, slower than would like ; Get something 6+ if you have a board to support it

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Keiron K. (

Great Hard Drive


Purchase this item to install in my HP P2 desktop. This hard drive runs very smooth and quiet. This is great to use in a music production studio, as a condenser microphone couldn't pick up any noise from it as it would in a noisy hard drive system

Haven't found anything bad about it yet

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: Weldon B. (

Failed after one year


I know it was a refurb. but Iv owned plenty over the years, with my experience if something was going to go wrong it would do it fairly quickly, but not this time. There are too many quality drives at competitive prices to deal with this, don't waste...

At the time of purchase I thought the brand and price were good, that was early 2014, prices have changed

Drive was slightly louder than many of my other drives, but this didn't matter once my system stopped recognizing the drive altogether after about a year ; Of course I troubleshot, the drive failed, all data lost. The extended warranty I purchased had...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Jan W. (

Precisely as expected.


These are DELL OEM drives that have most likely been pulled from old servers. This is evident from the facts that they have 30,000+ hours on the clock with only about 30 power cycles, so they have been running 24/7. Very typical for this type of drive....

Enterprise level HDD ; Reasonable price for refurbished ; Most likely a "pull" from an old server ; Very well packaged


Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Michael O. (

Good Value


Added this HD to a Windows Server 2012E machine at the office for client backups six months ago. No issues.

Low Price ; No Bad Sectors

None. The HD is as advertised

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Christy S. (



I bought it on a good sale. Its refurbished and works great no problems

I'm kind of disappointed that WD couldn't put at least a 1 year warrantee on this product. It makes me feel hesitant to buy knowing they can't stand by a refurbished product longer than 90 days so it's up to you i have had it for at least 6 months now...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Mydung D. (

drive failed just out of warranty period



drive failed after less than two months of use. Was purchased for htpc build for brother in law for christmas present

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: ETIENNE H. (

1tb at a ridicule price !!!


Will order another one since its a cheap storage solution !!

1tb western digital for less than 50 ; Install it with OS and work flawlessly on a friend PC

Could be scary for some people cause it come OEM - Bare-drive

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications

WD Caviar Blue16 7200 RPM next-generation SATA hard drives feature 16 MB cache for lightning-fast performance, cool and quiet operation and up to 500 GB of storage for capacity-hungry applications.


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight


Disk Drive

Drive device, buffer size:8
File format system:NTFS
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 750
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 3.5
Host interface:USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A

Energy Management

USB powered: Yes

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Capacity:320


Manufacturer:Western Digital
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:WD Caviar Blue


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35 / 5 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 65 / 20 - 65

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard / Windows/Mac
Data transfer rate (max):480
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Fibre Channel: No
FireWire 400: No
FireWire 800: No
Internal: No
Mac compatibility: Yes
Transfer rate (Mbps):480 / 5000
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB required: Yes

Packaging Data

Cables included:USB
User guide: Yes


Card reader integrated: No
Data Transfer Rate:480
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Plug and Play: Yes
USB data transfer rates:12,480 / 480
Wi-Fi: No
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN connection: No
Fibre Channel: No
FireWire 400: No
FireWire 800: No
USB connectivity: Yes
USB connector type:USB Type-A
USB version:2.0 / 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
Wi-Fi: No


USB powered:Y


Type:Hard drive

Storage Controller

Type: None

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Average Seek Time:8.9ms
Buffer Size:16MB
Data Transfer Rate:300MBps
Form Factor:3.5" x 1/3H / 3.5 x 1/3H
Form Factor (metric):8.9 cm x 1/3H
Form Factor (Short):3.5"
Form Factor (Short) (metric):8.9 cm
Hard Drive Type:Internal hard drive
Interface:Serial ATA-300
Interface Type:Serial ATA-300
Spindle Speed:7200rpm

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.27 / 4.96 / 5.31
Height:0.591 / 6.5
Weight:2.6 / 7.05
Width:1.89 / 3.07 / 4.33