Average Bench: 89.4% (26th of 1015)

more Based on 8,133 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5000HHTZ-04N21V0, WDC WD5000HHTZ-04N21, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-75N21V0, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-75N21, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-04N21, WDC WD5000HHTZ-6, WDC WD5000HHTZ-75N21, WDC WD5000HHTZ-7, WDC WD5000HHTZ-75N21V0, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-60N21V0, WDC WD5000HHTZ-04N21V1, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-60N21, WDC WD5000HHTZ-60N21V0, WDC WD5000HHTZ-0, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-04N21V1, WDC WD50 00HHTZ-04N21V0, WDC WD5000HHTZ-60N21

Very good average bench

The WD VelociRaptor 500GB averaged just 10.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD VelociRaptor 500GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.56MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 4.22MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD VelociRaptor 500GB is 51.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD VelociRaptor 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 100MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 145MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 8,133 samples)
Min Avg Max
118 Read 165 209
101 Write 151 187
58.6 Mixed 100 131
81.4 SusWrite 145 188
103% 141 MB/s
Min Avg Max
1.1 4K Read 1.61 1.9
1.61 4K Write 4.22 4.97
0.9 4K Mixed 1.56 1.8
318% 2.46 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
432GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 04.06A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 153 160 159 183 118 160 MB/s
Read 213
Write 190
Mixed 103
SusWrite 156
121% 166 MB/s
4K Read 1.6
4K Write 4.5
4K Mixed 1.7
339% 2.6 MB/s
16GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 04.06A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 150 142 157 173 166 169 MB/s
Read 202
Write 173
Mixed 114
SusWrite 159
119% 162 MB/s
4K Read 1.7
4K Write 4.6
4K Mixed 1.8
356% 2.7 MB/s
104GB free
Firmware: 04.06A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 150 150 148 162 168 152 MB/s
Read 161
Write 156
Mixed 114
SusWrite 155
108% 146 MB/s
4K Read 1.7
4K Write 4.9
4K Mixed 1.6
339% 2.73 MB/s
370GB free
Firmware: 04.06A00
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 134 134 132 134 134 MB/s
Read 159
Write 149
Mixed 94.5
SusWrite 134
99% 134 MB/s
4K Read 1.8
4K Write 4.5
4K Mixed 1.7
347% 2.67 MB/s
265GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 04.06A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 148 126 139 134 125 MB/s
Read 158
Write 166
Mixed 92.3
SusWrite 131
100% 137 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 4.3
4K Mixed 1.5
309% 2.43 MB/s
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