Average Bench: 46.5% (372nd of 1015)

more Based on 14,168 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2, WDC WD50 01AALS-00F41, WDC WD50 01AALS-00E3A0, WDC WD5001AALS-32E3A0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00L3B, WDC WD50 01AALS-00LWTA0, WDC WD5001AALS-00LWT, WDC WD5001AALS-00LWTA0, WDC WD5001AALS-00E8B0, WDC WD5001AALS-00E3A, WDC WD5001AALS-00J7B, WDC WD5001AALS-00J7B1, WDC WD5001AALS-00J7B0, WDC WD5001AALS-0, WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B, WDC WD50 01AALS-32E3A0, WDC WD5001AALS-00F41A0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00L3B2, WDC WD5001AALS-00F41, WDC WD5001AALS-00L3, WDC WD50 01AALS-00J7B1, WDC WD50 01AALS-00J7B0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00E3A, WD5001AALS-00L3B2, WDC WD50 01AALS-00J7B, WDC WD50 01AALS-00F41A0, WD5001AALS-00L3, WDC WD5001AALS-00E3A0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00LWT

Below average average bench

The WD Black 500GB (2008) averaged 53.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.01MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2008) is 41.4%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2008) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 62.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 76.3MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 14,168 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.4 Read 85.3 126
44.3 Write 81.4 118
40.3 Mixed 62.8 86.9
38.4 SusWrite 76.3 117
56.5% 76.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.79 1.2
1.07 4K Write 2.01 2.6
0.6 4K Mixed 0.89 1
168% 1.23 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
28GB free
Firmware: 01.01S01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 119 120 120 119 119 MB/s
Read 120
Write 116
Mixed 71
SusWrite 119
78% 106 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
154% 1.07 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 74 40 41 90 96 MB/s
Read 129
Write 116
Mixed 77.2
SusWrite 69.6
72% 97.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1.1
182% 1.2 MB/s
148GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 74 76 75 74 75 MB/s
Read 71
Write 66.5
Mixed 51
SusWrite 74.9
48% 65.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.9
186% 1.47 MB/s
146GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 69 73 73 71 72 73 MB/s
Read 62.3
Write 64
Mixed 53.7
SusWrite 71.7
46% 62.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 1
178% 1.2 MB/s
168GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 52 49 62 60 61 61 MB/s
Read 74.8
Write 63.7
Mixed 49.1
SusWrite 57.6
45% 61.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
156% 1.07 MB/s
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Desktop 60%
Workstation 24%

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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $405

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