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WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0A
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- 3D NAND SATA SSD for capacities up to 2TB with enhanced reliability.
- An active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSD.
- Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s.
- Free downloadable software to monitor the status of your drive and clone a drive, or backup your data.
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Destroy the competition with an SSD enhanced with Western Digital 3D NAND technology, capacities up to 2TB, sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s.
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“…..[one-of] the new go-to drives for system builds.”
Chris Ramseyer, Tom’s Hardware.
3-Year Limited Warranty
WD Blue SSD comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
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When you combine a high-performance WD SSD with the storage of a WD hard drive, you get a reliable solution that gives your PC the perfect blend of speed and capacity.
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|Data Transfer Rate||750 MB per second||6||6 Gb per second||750 MB per second||545 MB per second||750 MB per second|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drives||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB||500 GB||500 GB||16 GB||500 GB||16 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||500||500||500||500||500||500|
|Hard-Drive Size||500 GB||500 GB||—||500 GB||500 GB||500 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Hardware Platform||pc||PC||PC; Mac||pc||PC||—|
|Item Dimensions||0.3 x 4 x 2.8 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.28 in||0.28 x 4.06 x 2.76 in||3.96 x 0.28 x 2.75 in||0.3 x 3.9 x 2.8 in||3.96 x 0.28 x 2.75 in|
|Item Weight||0.8 lb||1.92 ounces||3.53 ounces||—||2.12 ounces||1.92 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||—||500 GB||500 GB||16 GB||500 GB||32 GB|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||560MB/s||540||560 MB/s||—||545 MB/s||—|
|Writing speed of the optical memory||530MB/s||520||510 MB/s||—||525 MB/s||—|
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD utilizes 3D NAND technology for capacities up to 2TB with enhanced reliability. Featuring an active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSDs, you’re able to work longer before recharging your laptop, while sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s give the speed you want for your most demanding computing applications. Combined with the free, downloadable WD SSD Dashboard software and a 3-year limited warranty, you can confidently upgrade your system to the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD. As used for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. Active power draws are up to 25% lower during sequential reads than previous generations of WD Blue SSD at the 500GB capacity point.
As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. MTTF = Mean Time To Failure based on internal testing using Telcordia stress part testing. TBW (terabytes written) values calculated using JEDEC client workload (JESD219) and vary by product capacity.
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Although these are faster than traditional hard drives, don't expect performance equivalent to a higher end NVME M.2, which run easily ~$40 more for the same amount of storage. If you're looking at building a high end gaming PC, don't skimp out on the M.2 and buy a NVME, not a SATA. There's a noticeable difference between the two and it's definitely worth the cost if you've already splurged on other components. Just make sure your board is compatible before you buy.
I've seen a few reviewers complaining about there not being mounting hardware included. As with most M.2 drives, it does not come with the standoff or the screw. Those will usually be included with your motherboard or you will need to order. Be careful the screw fits properly and is not too long or you could damage the other side of your board. It HAS to have a standoff (the little riser) or it will not install properly!
Overall I'm very pleased with this SSD, especially for the low price.
-Noticeably slower than higher end (NVME) M.2, but still fast enough for most users unless building a very high end gaming rig.
-If you don't have mounting hardware, purchase some as it is not included.
-Check your owner's manual of your motherboard or your laptop to make sure your computer is compatible with M.2 if you're unsure. Not all of them have slots for it.
My goal was to upgrade an original 256 GiB SSD in an Alienware 15 (R0 or R1, the one that does not accept NVMe SSDs) to the larger 500 GiB one. Between a few choices, what drove me to the WD Blue was a combination of good reviews, price, and the availability of the Acronis True Image cloning software.
Obviously there are many choices of cloning software, many of them free and efficient (looking at you, Easeus). I was gladly impressed with the Acronis True Image. I installed the SSD (now what is this about no SSD including the darn screw? A few cents, perhaps a dollar, to include a screw in an $130-plus product?) and loaded Acronis. At first, the new SSD would not be found: I had to make the SSD "online" through Windows' Computer Management interface. Acronis gives you a few choices of cloning: (1) an exact image, which will maintain all partition sizes and location as they were originally (thus you get no increase in size; you would have to do that later); (2) allow Acronis to increase the target partition size as it assumes best; or (3) manual definition of target partition location and sizes.
Option (2) would not work well for me. My original SSD had some 6 partitions (many of them recovery partitions that I do not know were really being utilized, but I will figure that out later), and Acronis would always pick the wrong one to allocate the extra space in the new SSD. Thus, I selected the manual cloning, which gives you an initial exact-image template, and then you can move the partitions and/or change their size in the target SSD. As such, I maintained the order of the partitions on the new SSD, and allocated all the extra space to the "system" partition.
The next issue is that I utilize Bitlocker in my drives. Acronis True Image will not clone Bitlocker-encrypted partitions, either online, or offline (booting from an Acronis boot disk or USB). I had to therefore disable Bitlocker and decrypt my drives prior to cloning, which took a considerable amount of time. Once done, Acronis could initiate the cloning process. I left the cloning operation running and occupied myself with other matters. I came back after a while (one hour, perhaps) to verify what next steps were necessary for Acronis to finish the cloning procedure. I expected to have to configure the new boot device as the new SSD in Windows, or through Acronis. What I found was the computer already rebooted, utilizing the new SSD as the new boot device, all partitions correctly configured as I designed, and the old SSD available and untouched (apart from not set as the boot device any longer).
Not bad. Not bad at all.
Now what is this about not including the darn screw? I will not cut stars because of this, but, come on. Between two competing SSDs, similar prices/performance, one includes the darn screw, which one do you thing consumers would buy?