Average Bench: 47.6% (357th of 1015)

more Based on 12,628 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 52.3% 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 2MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2008) is 39.3%. 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 62.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 79.1MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 12,628 samples)
Min Avg Max
46.8 Read 86.5 122
42.9 Write 82.2 116
35.5 Mixed 62.6 85.4
39.6 SusWrite 79.1 116
57.3% 77.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.8 1.2
1 4K Write 2 2.5
0.6 4K Mixed 0.89 1
170% 1.23 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
93GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 44 50 51 56 56 55 MB/s
Read 75
Write 71.2
Mixed 53.8
SusWrite 51.9
47% 63 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
164% 1.2 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,228,386 HDDs tested.


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Desktop 57%
Workstation 22%

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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $527

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