I’m sorry to report this. I have purchased a replacement for my 500 Gb SATA drive, which had failed and was out of warranty. I purchased the replacement. That failed. I submitted a request for replacement via RMA, which came about 2 months ago. On this 3rd drive, I have spent, for the third time, many hours copying, zero’ing and repairing windows and linux.
I recently began getting failures on this third drive.
3 drives. All bad.
Others have made the same complaint regarding this particular drive.
WD diags shows a bad smart test on quick test, same as the others. This drive has always ended up showing I/O errors in Linux and lockups in Windows.
WD must admit at some point there is a fault in the design of this particular drive. However, I would check the power supply in your systems to make sure the 12 volts is within 0.1 volt. WD specifies their drives must have 11.9 to 12.1 volts in their specifications. This is very tight, and some supplies can not stay within this range. Other drives may not have the sensitivity that this one has.
I’m always using WD hardware, and I have several other’s which are performing flawlessly.
Again, sorry to say, but I do not recommend buying the 5000AAKX model. Others, go for it.