Western Digital WD1600BB 160GB Hard Disk Drive
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Western Digital WD1600BB 160GB Hard Drive 7.2K RPM IDE Ultra Refurbished

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WD1600BB Caviar 160Gigabytes(GB) Hard Disk Drive 7200 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) IDE Ultra 100 40PIN 2Megabytes (MB) 3.5inch Buffer | Made by Western Digital | Refurbished
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Product Details about the Western Digital WD1600BB 160GB Hard Drive

In the realm of computer hardware, storage devices play a crucial role in preserving and accessing data. One such integral component is the Western Digital WD1600BB Caviar Hard Disk Drive, a device boasting a substantial 160 Gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity. This article aims to provide a detailed exploration of the features and specifications of the WD1600BB, unraveling its intricacies for a better understanding of its capabilities.

Overview of Western Digital WD1600BB

The Western Digital WD1600BB is a 3.5-inch Hard Disk Drive (HDD) designed for desktop computers. With a storage capacity of 160GB, it caters to the ever-growing need for ample storage space in modern computing environments. This drive operates at 7200 RPM, signifying a balance between performance and reliability.

Technical Specifications Storage Capacity

The 160GB storage capacity of the WD1600BB provides users with a substantial amount of space to store documents, applications, multimedia files, and more. This is particularly beneficial for users with demanding storage requirements, such as gamers, content creators, and professionals dealing with large datasets.

Rotational Speed RPM

The 7200 RPM of the WD1600BB indicates the speed at which the hard disk platters rotate. A higher RPM generally translates to faster data access and transfer speeds. The 7200 RPM of this drive positions it as a suitable choice for tasks that demand responsive storage, including gaming, video editing, and multitasking.

Interface Advanced Technology Attachment ATA

The WD1600BB utilizes the Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) interface, which is a standard interface for connecting storage devices to a computer's motherboard. This compatibility ensures ease of integration with a wide range of desktop systems. ATA interfaces have evolved, and the inclusion of ATA in the WD1600BB speaks to its adherence to industry standards.

IDE Ultra 100

IDE, or Integrated Drive Electronics, is a standard interface used for connecting storage devices to a computer's motherboard. The WD1600BB supports IDE Ultra 100, a variant that offers data transfer rates of up to 100 megabytes per second. This feature contributes to the drive's overall performance and responsiveness.

Connector 40PIN

The 40PIN connector is a key component of the IDE interface, facilitating the connection between the hard disk drive and the motherboard. The 40PIN is a standard in IDE interfaces and ensures compatibility with a wide range of systems.

Cache Size 2 Megabytes MB

The WD1600BB is equipped with a 2MB cache, also known as a buffer. The cache serves as a temporary storage area for frequently accessed data, enhancing overall system performance by reducing data access times. A larger cache size, such as the 2MB in the WD1600BB, contributes to smoother operation and quicker access to frequently used files.

Applications and Use Cases Multimedia Content Storage

The ample 160GB storage capacity makes the WD1600BB well-suited for storing multimedia content. This includes high-definition videos, large audio libraries, and high-resolution images. Users engaged in content creation or consumption will find the drive accommodating to their storage needs.

Gaming Environments

In the realm of gaming, where large games and frequent updates are common, the WD1600BB's 160GB capacity provides a dedicated space for gaming enthusiasts. The 7200 RPM ensures swift loading times and responsiveness during gameplay.

Professional Workstations

Professionals working with resource-intensive applications such as video editing software, 3D modeling tools, and virtual machines will benefit from the WD1600BB's combination of storage capacity and rotational speed. The 2MB cache further aids in handling large files efficiently.

Reliability and Durability

Western Digital has a reputation for producing reliable and durable storage solutions, and the WD1600BB is no exception. The drive is engineered to withstand the rigors of everyday use, offering a dependable storage solution for users with diverse needs.

Western Digital's Legacy

As a product of Western Digital, the WD1600BB inherits the legacy of a reputable and reliable storage solutions provider. Western Digital has been a key player in the storage industry for decades, known for producing durable and high-performance hard disk drives.

Built for Longevity

The combination of a robust design and advanced technology in the WD1600BB makes it a reliable choice for long-term use. The 7200 RPM operation, coupled with Western Digital's commitment to quality, ensures that the hard drive can withstand the rigors of continuous operation.

Compatibility and Connectivity

Broad Motherboard Compatibility

The IDE Ultra 100 interface and 40PIN make the WD1600BB compatible with a wide range of motherboards. Whether you have an older system or a contemporary one, the standardized interface ensures a hassle-free process.

Seamless Integration with Desktop Cases

The 3.5-inch form factor of the WD1600BB aligns with the standard dimensions of desktop hard disk drives. This ensures that the hard drive seamlessly integrates into most desktop computer cases without requiring any modifications or additional hardware.

Technological Advancements Advanced Data

The WD1600BB incorporates advanced data technologies to ensure the integrity and security of stored information. Error detection and correction mechanisms are employed to safeguard against data corruption, providing users with peace of mind regarding the reliability of their stored data.


In the realm of storage devices, physical durability is paramount. The WD1600BB features ShockGuard technology, a mechanism designed to protect the drive from shocks and vibrations. This is particularly advantageous in mobile computing environments or areas prone to mechanical vibrations, enhancing the overall lifespan of the HDD.


Silent operation is a desirable trait for any HDD, especially in environments where noise reduction is a priority. The WD1600BB incorporates WhisperDrive technology, which focuses on minimizing noise levels during drive operation. This not only contributes to a quieter computing experience but also ensures a less intrusive working environment.

Cool Operating Temperatures

Efficient heat dissipation is critical for maintaining the longevity and reliability of a hard disk drive. The WD1600BB addresses this concern with a design that promotes cool operating temperatures. This is achieved through a combination of airflow optimization and material selection, contributing to the overall stability of the drive.

Main Information for the Western Digital WD1600BB Hard Drive

  • Manufacturer: Western Digital
  • Part Number or SKU# WD1600BB
  • Product Type: Hard Disk Drive

Technical Information

  • Drive: 3.5 Inch
  • Capacity: 160 GB with 7,200 Revolutions Per Minute (7.2K RPM)
  • Interface: IDE/ATA
  • Buffer: 2 MB

Outline, the Western Digital WD1600BB Caviar 160GB Hard Disk Drive stands as a robust storage solution with a balance of capacity, speed, and compatibility. Its 7200 RPM, 160GB storage capacity, and compatibility with the ATA interface make it a versatile option for a variety of applications, from multimedia content storage to gaming and professional use. As technology continues to advance, storage demands will likely increase and drives like the WD1600BB play a crucial role in meeting these evolving needs. Whether you are a casual user in need of reliable storage or a professional seeking a capable solution for demanding tasks, the WD1600BB offers a compelling blend of features to cater to your requirements.

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