Average Bench: 46.7% (364th of 1015)

more Based on 8,782 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5000BPKT-60PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-22PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-80PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-22PK4T0, WDC WD50 00BPKT-00PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-11PK4T0, WDC WD50 00BPKT-75PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-11PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-00PK4T0, WDC WD50 00BPKT-75PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-08PK4T0, WDC WD50 00BPKT-80PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-66PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-08PK4, WD5000BPKT-60PK, WDC WD5000BPKT-80PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-, WDC WD5000BPKT-24PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-60PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-75KA9T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-75PK4T0, WDC WD50 00BPKT-80PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-00PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-22PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-22PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-75PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-8, WDC WD50 00BPKT-60PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-7, WDC WD5000BPKT-6, WDC WD5000BPKT-66PK4T0, WDC WD5000BPKT-0, WDC WD5000BPKT-2, WDC WD5000BPKT-24PK4T0, WD5000BPKT-75PK, WDC WD5000BPKT-00PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-66PK4, WDC WD5000BPKT-08PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-24PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-60PK4, WDC WD50 00BPKT-08PK4T0

Below average average bench

The WD Black 2.5" 500GB (2011) averaged 53.2% 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 0.78MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.78MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2.5" 500GB (2011) is 38.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2.5" 500GB (2011) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 55.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 74.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 8,782 samples)
Min Avg Max
47.3 Read 87.7 116
34.3 Write 83 110
20.8 Mixed 55.8 73
32.1 SusWrite 74.9 112
55.5% 75.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.63 0.8
0.6 4K Write 1.78 2.4
0.3 4K Mixed 0.78 1
146% 1.06 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
437GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 92 99 100 106 105 106 MB/s
Read 110
Write 109
Mixed 72.7
SusWrite 101
72% 98.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
181% 1.3 MB/s
417GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 83 86 87 92 94 90 MB/s
Read 81
Write 92.1
Mixed 55.4
SusWrite 88.7
58% 79.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 1 MB/s
410GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 57 52 48 80 81 80 MB/s
Read 102
Write 86.5
Mixed 59.2
SusWrite 66.3
58% 78.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.9
159% 1.07 MB/s
435GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 83 66 50 60 55 MB/s
Read 101
Write 101
Mixed 60.6
SusWrite 64.7
60% 81.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
166% 1.2 MB/s
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