The WD3200AAKS Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7.2K RPM SATA-II 16MB Buffer Hard Drive is a high-performance hard drive that is optimized for use in desktop computers, laptops, and other consumer-level devices. The 320GB capacity provides ample storage space and the 7,200 RPM spindle speed, SATA-II interface, and 16MB buffer provide fast data access and transfer rates. Additionally, this drive features a 3.5-inch form factor, which is commonly used for internal hard drives in desktop computers and other devices. It's recommended to check with the manufacturer of your system to ensure compatibility and also to check if there are any firmware or bios updates that need to be done before installing this hard drive. Note that this hard drive is using the older SATA-II interface, which has a data transfer rate of 3 Gbps, and systems that use the newer SATA III interface, which has a data transfer rate of 6 Gbps, may not be fully compatible with it.
Performance and ReliabilityThe Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a storage capacity of 320 GB. It has a spindle speed of 7200 RPM and a buffer size of 16 MB. It uses the SATA-II interface and is designed for use in desktop computers. This hard drive will provide relatively good performance with faster read and write speeds compared to slower 5400 RPM hard drives, but it will not be as fast as a 10k or 15k RPM hard drives in terms of data access. It is a good balance of storage and performance for desktop computers, and is suitable for use as a primary or secondary storage drive
The Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a SATA-II interface. It is compatible with most desktop computers that have a SATA-II or SATA-III connection. It will also work with most motherboards that have a SATA-II or SATA-III controller.
Additionally, the hard drive can be used in RAID configuration, as long as the RAID controller is also compatible with SATA-II or SATA-III.
It is important to note that, this hard drive is a legacy product, which means that if you are planning to use it in a new system, you should check the system manual and confirm the compatibility before purchasing.
General Information about this Western Digital WD3200AAKS
- Manufacturer: Western Digital
- Model Number or SKU# WD3200AAKS
- Type : Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
- Sub-Type : SATA-II
- Product Line: WD Caviar
Technical Information for SATA Hard Disk Drive
- Form Factor: 3.5" x 1/3H
- Capacity: 320 GB-7.2K RPM
- Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
- Buffer Size: 16 MB
- Compliant Standards: S.M.A.R.T.
Performance of 320GB Hard Drive
- Drive Transfer Rate: 300 MBps (external)
- Seek Time: 8.9 ms (average) / 21 ms (max)
- Track-to-Track Seek Time: 2 ms
- Average Latency: 4.2 ms
Dimensions & Weight 3.5Inch HDD
- Width: 4 Inch
- Depth: 5.8 Inch
- Height: 1 Inch
- Weight: 1.52 Lbs
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About Refurbished Products
Serial advanced technology attachment denoted as SATA or Serial ATA, or S-ATA is a computer bus interface mostly connecting host bus adapters to mass storage devices including hard drives. It is the most commonly used technology to connect hard drives to a PC's motherboard.
There have been multiple versions of the SATA interface developed to meet the need for increased storage capacity and bandwidth. The SATA technology was first introduced in 2000 to replace ATA and PATA to provide faster data transfer rates and hot-swapping. Advanced host controller interface (AHCI) is the standard interface for SATA which supports hot swapping and native command queuing (NCQ). Hot swapping refers to the ability to replace components of a computer system without having to shut down the entire system. NCQ allows improved performance through the ability to augment the orders of implementation of reading/writing commands. That means commands will be rescheduled and permits the host to send more commands to the hard drive as it searches data for another command. The 6Gbps data transfer throughout makes it superior to previous technologies such as ATA and PATA. SATA is able to run in IDE emulation mode, but it will not support advanced features.
We have helped all our clients across the board to understand how the technology works with HDDs, SSDs, and modules by knowing the specifications of the different SATA versions. A good grasp of these versions of SATA helps in the identification of the right storage capacity options for your application.
SATA II HDD generation or SATA 2.0 of the SATA technology is part of a series of revisions that happened in 2003, 2004, and 2008 that culminated in SATA III or SATA 3.0. With every revision, there was an increase in speed and additional features that support speed and allow for reliable storage drives. However, the physical appearance of the SATA connector was not altered. SATA III is the most commonly used SATA interface and has been through five revisions from 3.1 to 3.5.
SATA II hard disk was previously referred to as SATA 3Gbps which reflected its speeds. This second generation of the SATA technology has a SATA interface with 3Gbps transfer speed and a bandwidth throughput of 300MB/s. The following are SATA II drives you can choose from depending on specific need: 1.5TB-5.4K RPM, 1.5TB-5.9K RPM, 1.5TB-7200 RPM, 160GB-5.4K RPM, 160GB-7.2K RPM, 1TB-5.9K RPM, 1TB-7.2K RPM, 200GB-7.2K RPM, 250GB-5.4K RPM, 250GB-5.9K RPM, 250GB-7.2K RPM, 2TB-5.4K RPM, 2TB-5.9K RPM, 2TB-7200 RPM, 300GB-10K RPM, 300GB-7.2K RPM, 320GB-5.4K RPM, 320GB-7.2K RPM, 3TB-7.2K RPM, 400GB-7.2K RPM and 360GB-7200 RPM.
Notable features of SATA II include:
- Hot plugging – refers to the ability to change a drive as the computer runs.
- Staggered Spin Up – refers to the ability to start disk drives in sequence to ensure even power load at the starting of the system.
- Native command queuing – SATA 2.0 drives have an in-built algorithm that chooses the most efficient order to execute commands to improve performance and efficiency. The feature helps to reduce mechanical overhead and improve performance.
- Port multipliers – these help to connect as many as 15 drives to a SATA controller. This feature facilitates the easier building of disk enclosures using SATA drives.
- Port selectors – the feature allows the connection of two hosts to one drive. It helps create redundancy to the drive connection which is very critical in enterprise environments. That means if one of the hosts experiences failure, the second host will take over thereby ensuring continued access to storage.
All SATA generations are compatible both forward and backward. It, therefore, means that SATA II hard disk is backward compatible to function with SATA I ports. Likewise, SATA III is compatible backward to function with SATA I and SATA II ports. In backward compatibility, the maximum speed of the drive will slow down in line with the speed limitations of the port it is connected to. The same is true for lower SATA generations being compatible with higher SATA generations but are limited to their inbuilt speeds.
For users seeking greater speeds than the SATA III limits at 1.5Gbps, 3Gbps, and 6Gbps, there are M.2 and NVMe drives that offer greater performance. These drives have no limitations and will perform more efficiently and are chosen by users focused on speed and performance above everything else.
We have different motherboards with SATA connections and more particularly with SATA II connections and will come with a few SATA cables for the connections that you will use to build a new rig or do upgrades on a rig. Choose from the wide range of SATA cables dependent on what you need and especially when upgrading an older hard drive or other components on your computer. To ensure that you achieve enhanced speeds and performance, you need to buy SATA cables and adapters for compatibility. It may help to depend on profile and budget to get the latest SATA III standard.
You can fully trust our team to walk you through the options available with SATA II technology and help you choose the best storage for your applications.
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