Average Bench: 47.9% (337th of 1015)

more Based on 28,095 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, WD5001AALS-00LWTA0, 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 52.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.03MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2008) is 39.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2008) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 63.7MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 80.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,095 samples)
Min Avg Max
47.1 Read 85.7 123
45.2 Write 81.7 118
38.9 Mixed 63.7 84.4
44.5 SusWrite 80.8 122
57.6% 78 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.59 4K Read 0.8 1.2
1.28 4K Write 2.03 2.5
0.6 4K Mixed 0.87 1
168% 1.23 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
382GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 109 108 105 107 108 MB/s
Read 121
Write 111
Mixed 77.2
SusWrite 108
77% 104 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
181% 1.3 MB/s
460GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 90 90 91 92 92 MB/s
Read 91.3
Write 89.4
Mixed 65.8
SusWrite 90.7
62% 84.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
170% 1.27 MB/s
404GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 85 84 83 83 83 83 MB/s
Read 87.5
Write 80.5
Mixed 65
SusWrite 83.4
58% 79.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
404GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 84 81 83 81 82 MB/s
Read 87
Write 81.7
Mixed 73.1
SusWrite 81.7
60% 80.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.37 MB/s
278GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 79 80 78 78 78 MB/s
Read 78.9
Write 81.2
Mixed 58.3
SusWrite 79.1
55% 74.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
184% 1.27 MB/s
103GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 72 72 73 72 73 72 MB/s
Read 70.4
Write 73.8
Mixed 61.8
SusWrite 72.5
52% 69.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.8
166% 1.37 MB/s
392GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 42 56 51 57 48 55 MB/s
Read 88.4
Write 82.8
Mixed 63.7
SusWrite 51.4
53% 71.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
180% 1.23 MB/s
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Workstation 2%
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