|Series||WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES|
|Item model number||WDS500G2B0A|
|Hardware Platform||PC & Mac|
|Item Weight||1.3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4 x 0.3 x 2.8 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||4 x 0.3 x 2.8 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Flash Memory Size||500 GB|
|Hard Drive Interface||SATA 6 GB/s|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||July 27, 2017|
WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm, Up to 560 MB/s - WDS500G2B0A
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- Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/seconds; 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
- An industryleading 1.75M hrs mean time to failure (MTTF) and up to 500 TBs written (TBW) for enhanced reliability; MTTF based on internal testing using Telcordia stress part testing; TBW calculated using Jedec client workload (JESD219)
- WD F.I.T. Lab certification for compatibility with a wide range of computers
- 5 year manufacturer's limited warranty
- Free downloadable software to monitor the status of your drive and clone a drive, or backup your data
- An active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSD
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WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD
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. You can confidently upgrade your system to the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD.
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|Compatible Devices||Mac, PC||—||This drive is compatible with PCs and laptops that accept 2.5" 7mm SATA drives||Backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)||This drive is compatible with desktops and laptops that accept 2.5" 7mm SATA drives||Desktop|
|Data Transfer Rate||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second||450 Mb per second||6 Gb per second||6.0 Gb per second|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||560 MB||500 GB||1 TB||480 GB||500 GB||500.0 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches|
|Hardware Interface||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Hardware Platform||PC & Mac||PC, Mac||—||laptop||PC; Mac||PC|
|Item Dimensions||4.00 x 0.30 x 2.80 inches||3.94 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches||2.76 x 3.94 x 0.27 inches||3.94 x 0.28 x 2.75 inches||4.06 x 0.28 x 2.76 inches||3.94 x 2.75 x 0.28 inches|
|Item Weight||1.31 ounces||3.04 ounces||2.08 ounces||1.44 ounces||0.35 ounces||2.15 ounces|
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD utilizes 3D NAND technology for capacities up to 4TB 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 5-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.
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD utilizes Western Digital 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 5-year limited warranty, you can confidently upgrade your system to the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD.
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I read the document included in the box and that also confirms the 3 year warranty but when I look at retailers sites, Western Digital's website, their data sheets and warranty status checker, everything still says 5 years. Very confusing and concerning.
It required also buying an SATA III cable and a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter bracket to fit in the desktop bay since they are not included with the drive.
The drive did not come with any useful instructions, but this procedure worked:
1. Shut down
2. Leave original drive as is; connect new drive to power and an unused SATA port on motherboard
3. Power up. Normal but new drive does not show in My Computer
4. Run Acronis software available free from WD’s site
a. Select “Clone disk” and automatic mode
b. It identified the old and new disks
c. It ran about 1.5 hours and cloned the original drive, including all partitions and 500 GB of data
d. It shut down computer automatically
5. Disconnected power and SATA cable from old drive
6. Connected new drive to the SATA port on motherboard where old drive had been
7. Powered up. It booted OK. Everything seems fine.
Boot up and opening programs seems about 5 times faster than with the original spinning disk hard drive. I can’t evaluate long term reliability, but my initial impression is excellent.
I used Macrium Reflect to clone each of the drives, using a USB3 external hard drive case made for quick swapping of drives, in case anybody cares.
PROS: Nothing but Praise
CONS: Absolutely None
Recommended Additional Software and Tools to perform the Hard Drive upgrade with:
- (Needed, unless your reloading the OS from Scratch) Use Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (Just do a Google Search to find) to clone your Old hard drive to the New One. It's an easy download that will install into your existing hard drive to make an exact clone to your New One. Best part the Free Edition does not cost a dime.
- (Needed, unless your cloning a Desktop then Optional) Use this USB to SATA Drive connection cable Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Adapter [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] (EC-SSHD) for only $10 to clone the new drive with. Of course if it is for a Desktop this will not be needed but for 95% of the Laptops out there it's a must!
- (Optional, if you already have a similar tool set) If your changing the hard drive out of these newer Laptops (within the Last 4 years) I would buy this tool kit Soucolor 78 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set, Magnetic Driver Kit, Repair Tool Kits with Portable Case for iPad, iPhone, Tablets, Laptops, PC, Smartphones, Watches, Electronics Disassembly to access the Hard Drive, especially for those needing a plastic pry tool, can't go wrong for $20.
Once I installed the new SSD the difference was literally night and day, the boot up from Bios to Operating System (Windows 10) was almost literally instantaneous (I would say give or take 5 to 10 seconds), the response time on applications and any action in general was also instantaneous.
Only other recommendation I would make is to make sure the BIOS on your laptop/PC is current so there are no compatibility issues with the SSD.
Please NOTE: This HD is approximately $50 cheaper than it's predecessor Western Digital WD Blue SSD interne 500 Go - SATA 6 Gbit/s 2,5" but has the same excellent results.
Overall I could not be happier, This will unfortunately will be that last upgrade that I will be able to do this Laptop (See the system system specs below).
I would highly recommend this SSD Hard Drive for all older PC performance related problems.
HP Pavilion Laptop (June 2012)
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Processor: AMD X6 @ 1.40 GHz (4 Cores)
RAM: 8 GB (Max Capacity)
Hard Drive: 500GB WD-Blue 3D NAND SSD (Replaced original Segate 500GB 5400RPM SATA Drive)
Video: AMD Radeon graphics card (HDMI & VGA)
Display: 1920 X 1080p 17.3 inch Screen
Internal NIC: 100MB
WiFi NIC: Internal Intel Centrino Dual Band/USB LB1 AC600 Dual Band USB Dongle (5 ghz)
USB Ports: 3 X USB 2.0 Ports
ROM: DVD/CD Burner
On the package and in the manual came with the package, it says the warranty is three years. I bought it because of the five year warranty. Thus, I registered the drive on the web site and it indicates that the warranty is indeed five years.
I downloaded the Acronis True Image WD edition from wpc web site and it worked just fine. I have Windows 7 and everything went smoothly. My original drive is 1 TBytes and had a lot of empty spaces. I resized it to less than 500GB from Microsoft Disk Management before running Acronis True Image. Some buyers reported problems using Acronis for Windows 10 though.
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1 What is a ssd ?
ANS A ssd or solid state drive is a storage device like a harddisk but the spinning disks are replaced by memory modules and is a lot faster and more reliable than even the modern harddisks
2 How fast are they
ANS SSDs are amazingly fast in this products case it is an SATA ssd so it is limited to 600mpbs in a SATA 3 port and 150mpbs in SATA 2. That is just for SATA ssd but for NVME drives it is a whole another story
3 NVME What is that
ANS NVME or non volatile memory express is a host controller interface by which an m.2 ssd is connected to a ×4 pcie slot and these four lanes are connected directly to the cpu giving you blazing fast read and writes
4 What is TCL
ANS SLC - single level cell 1 bit per cell
MLC -multi level cell 2 bits per cell
TLC - triple level cell 3 bits per cell
Now about the product product it is manufactured on 12nm San disk memory chips
1 . 3 YEARS WARRANTY
2 . 400 TB DATA WRITTEN WHICH IS THE HIGHEST
TLC can store three bits per cell for greater data density and more capacious SSDs in the same form factor but its sustained write performance is comparatively poor to SLC and MLC based drives
It is a wonderful product and I will recommend it to all my friends but not all of us can afford a ssd for our computers if you have tight budget but still need faster than harddisk performance I suggest you take a look at SSHD or Solid State Hybrid Drive it is not as fast but relatively cheap
PS : It is an electrostatic sensitive device please GROUND YOURSELF BEFORE HANDLING the product to discharge any esd
If you buy this product please take the time to write about the things you love or hate about it
AS ALLWAYS THANK YOU FOR READING THIS REVIEW IF YOU FOUND THIS HELPFULL OR UNHELPFUL YOU KNOW WHAT TO
Amazon told me that manufacturer would be able to help. Called WD and they did an RMA process for me since there is a 3 yr warranty on the SSD. Had to drop off the bad drive at their local center - they tested and confirmed it was bad. A replacement will be mailed to me in a week or so - but it will be a refurbished drive and not a new one!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hoping that the replacement comes in working condition.
A bitter experience overall - paying retail price to finally get a used drive!!! Thanks Amazon! - for tossing me over to the manufacturer.
Update (20 Nov 18)
WD sent me a replacement, which looks like a new drive (not refurbished, as I was told by their support team). I cloned my HDD and installed it. laptop working much faster now. I am upgrading the review to a 4 star from a 1 star because of my experience dealing with WD. Despite the early pain, the whole WD replacement experience was rather smooth - I want to show my appreciation for this.
In the event it’s worked a treat. My PC now boots up to windows login in about 20 seconds and applications like outlook, excel, browsers, open up more or less instantaneously. I’d have been happy with that result from the £600 spend and doubt I’d have even noticed anything quicker. The only games I still play are ancient and undemanding, so unless something else wears out I’d hope to have the effect of a new pc for maybe another 2 or 3 years by which time everything I’d have bought today will be cheap as chips.
As for the SSD itself, I’m afraid I can’t really tell you anything useful that would help differentiate between this one and another one. I’ve used WD forever and it’s creditable that the HDD drives this has replaced were 7 and 18 years old respectively.
Fitting it was of course a doddle, if you can replace a fuse you can replace a hard drive, just remember to check whether you need a 2.5 to 3.5 inch bracket to mount it in the case as older cases often don’t have 2.5 inch drive bays.
Al principio, me preocupaba mucho por el desempeño (velocidades) del SSD. Me di cuenta de que los SSD que mencioné antes son similares entre sí y su funcionamiento es casi imperceptible. Mi sugerencia es comprar el que tenga el mejor precio y que se ajuste a tus necesidades.
Die SSD und auch der Arbeitsspeicher im heruntergefahrenen (ausgeschalteten) PC austauschen. Beides wurde gleich erkannt. Falls die SSD nicht erkannt wird, das UEFI/Bios auf AHCI umstellen.
- Wenn nicht schon geschehen, die Benutzeranmeldung des alten Rechners auf ein Microsoftkonto umstellen.
- Die notwendige Windows-Installations CD mit dem Media Creation Tool für Windows erstellen. Die neue Installation übernimmt dann die Lizenz der alten.
- Die Windowsanmeldung im neu installieren Windows wie vorher auch über das alte Microsoft Konto erstellen, damit auch der Zugriff auf die alte Platte klappt.
- Die alte Platte ohne Formatierung mit einem zweiten SATA-Kabel in den neu installierten PC hängen.
- Die Daten der alten Platte sind im Pfad des Benutzers noch zu finden. Jetzt nur noch die Pfade (Dokumente, Bilder, Musik,...) des neuen Windows auf die magnetische Platte verlinken, fertig. Alle Programme werden nun auf der SSD gespeichert (damit sie schnell starten), alle Daten liegen weiter noch auf der alten Platte.
- Sollte die SSD mal den Geist aufgeben, kann man die alte Platte wieder umstöpseln und schon hat man wieder das alte Windows mit allen Daten.
- Da auch magnetische Datenträger mal kaputt gehen können, an die Datensicherung denken oder bei ausreichendem Platz auf die SSD spiegeln.
En la web de Western Digital podréis descargar el programa de gestión de disco que permite configurar la herramienta TRIM, chequear el estado del disco y actualizar el firmware.
Gli SSD sono così compatti e leggerissimi che sembra di avere un cover piuttosto che una memoria...è meraviglioso! Se riscaldano, riscaldano dopo, l'affaticamento del PC si riduce...per chi conosce la tipologia delle SSD sa che conviene averle come memoria primaria, sul quale montare il C:
EVITATE come la peste gli ibridi, per 2 motivi:
-Usura diversa tra SSD e HDD (uno lavora di più e l'altro meno, poi uno si danneggia e siete fregati)
-La partizione della SSD nell'HDD flash (l'ibrido) NON può essere regolato in capienza. In parole povere, se usate molti programmi pesanti e installate molte cose, appena il disco SSD è pieno è un bel CIAONE, perché poi non potete installare più nulla, e un PC-smartphone-tablet che non hanno memoria per installare cose sono inutili.
Andando sul sito WD dovete scaricare due software:
SSD Dashboard di Western Digital
Software Acronis True Image WD Edition
DOVETE gestire il prodotto SSD SOLO tramite questi software, perché se iniziate a fare di testa vostra danneggiate il prodotto con partizioni brusche e fatte con i piedi, come già hanno fatto alcuni geni. Se la WD non avesse avuto il software di gestione del prodotto, non ci avrei speso sulla WD.
Il software vi dice lo stato del PC e della memoria, una volta creata la partizione (sempre dai software) dovete "clonare" il disco del pc se è il primo utilizzo, "cancella" o altro nel caso l'SSD non sia vergine.
La clonazione viene eseguita dal programma grazie al BIOS, perché il OS non deve essere attivo su questo tipo di cose, quindi non potrete fare nulla, al termine potrete sostituire il disco del PC con l'SSD e il gioco è fatto.
Il tempo di clonazione del C: varia in base alle porcherie che ci mettete, nel senso che NON dovete usate la memoria primamia come memoria personale 1.è sbagliato 2.vi montate un HDD come memoria secondaria-personale con il caddy (così se il sistema va in tilt ricolnate dal disco originale il sistema e i dati personali sono salvi).
Conviene come prodotto?! Ovvio che sì! Gli HDD, anche moderni, arrancano, gli SSD, NO! Costano, certo, ma il gioco vale la candela.
+ Mayor velocidad (exagerada velocidad)
+ Mayor estabilidad del sistema
+ Mayor autonomía de la batería (rinde más la pila de la portátil)
+ Mejora el estado de suspensión/activación
+ Mejora la portabilidad porque ya no te tienes que preocupar si vas muy brusco de un lado a otro.
Gracias por leer.
So I ordered this SSD as my mechanical HDD was getting on for 5 years old and had done quite a bit of work, so thought before it crashes I will upgrade. The idea being to clone my existing C: drive and at the same time speed the PC up.
My mother board is a Z97 from ASUS and has four 6G/s SATA 3 ports. so can handle SSD drives. So before you start this process here is what I recommend.
1. Do a 'checkdisk' on your old main drive because if there are any errors it (old C: drive), the drive won't clone.
2. If you are using the 'Acronis true image' program that is available free from WD then you need to buy an SSD disk that is the same capacity as your old disk or the clone wont work as it seemed to want to clone the empty bit of the old drive.
3. If you don't want to spend the extra £160 odd on an extra TB like me (My old disk was 2TB and the SSD is 1TB) then be prepared to pay for another program that can clone bigger drives to smaller drives like EaseUS Partition Master. (£20 odd ish)
4. You don't need to buy an external USB connector to clone the drive just disconnect your other drives inside your PC and use those SATA ports.
5. Don't expect the drive to perform as per the MNF claims. WD reckon the is drive reads at 560MB/s and Writes at 530B/s as you can see from the attached picture my read speed wasn't far off but the write speed is way off their claimed speed. (writing may be a more complex process, who knows..)
6. This drive is slimmer it seems than the slots in my PC so you might need an adapter sled.
Overall I am not disappointed but it was a lot faffier than I expected it to be and it does perform faster than my mechanical drive which is now drive 3 in the picture running at 120MB/s write speed. The product is a a 5 start product, but it got 4 because of the install complexities.
The drive came as SSDs do, in a box so I fitted it to a USB caddy for migration (I've done this before so I have a suitable USB disk drive caddy).
I downloaded and installed the WD migration software (Acronis True Image WD Edition) and ran it.
It required a WD drive to install (the installed drive was HGST [now owned by WD] and that didn't do it !).
Fortunately I had a spare USB port and a spare WD USB drive so that problem could be overcome.
Once I ran the software it started but wanted the computer rebooted then never ran.
This seems a common problem (from the Acronis forums) but other than buying the newer version of the Acronis software no obvious fix.
I tried WD support and spoke to a very pleasant person for about 30 minutes. The conclusion seemed to be that it was a known problem, I had tried the obvious fixes (enabling USB boot and disabling secure boot in the BIOS) but there was little they could suggest.
I then looked for other data migration software and found Macrium Reflect Free.
Fortunately this worked faultlessly and after about two and a half hours my data had been copied.
I swapped the built in hard drive for the newly cloned SSD and the computer booted up without any issues.
I'm very pleased with the SSD (possibly because WD bought someone else's SSD brand) but it's such a shame that WD support it with flawed software. It appears that the bundled Acronis software is out of date which is why the paid edition was said to work.
I've used the WD software in the past and it has worked (from a failed WD drive to a new drive) but this was all very disappointing.
元のHDDからクローンコピーを行うのにWDが提供している「Acronis True Image WD Edition」を使用しました。
（OS：Windows10Pro Ver.1803 ビルド：17134.407）
Computer che era diventato mostruosamente lento e non riuscivo a spiegarmi il motivo, un processore i5 da 2,6 GHz supportato da 8GB di Ram non può metterci quasi 2 minuti ad avviarsi e 40 minuti per fare un editing di un video di una decina di minuti, in fin dei conti lo utilizzo prevalentemente per questo.
Quindi soluzione: sostituire il Fusion Drive da 1TB con questo WD SSD 3D NAND.
Risultato: guardate il video per credere... una manciata di secondi per l'avvio.
Tutte le operazioni di utilizzo quotidiano (e non) si sono velocizzate, il PC e' tornato come nuovo.
E' non e' tutto merito della "formattazione" e "re-installazione" del sistema operativo, in quanto ho ripristinato il back-up effettuato con Time Machine.
La spesa per passare da un classico HDD meccanico (od ibrido, nel caso del Fusion Drive) e' quasi pari al doppio ma, credetemi, ne vale la pena e benedirete tutti i soldi spesi.
Capacita' che arrivano fino a 2TB e velocità di trasferimento di 560MB/s in lettura e di 530MB/s in scrittura, mettiamoci poi i 5 anni di garanzia e la completa silenziosita', vista l'assenza di parti meccaniche in movimento, fanno di questo SSD di Western Digital un vero e proprio "Must Buy".
I have put a fair number of these into older laptops and SFF desktops to replace the old spinning rust drives, though beware that the Samsung 860 is sometimes cheaper and is my #1 preferred replacement drive, it has a higher TBW rating and a longer warranty, with this drive my #2.
There is not much in it though TBH, so keep your eyes open and check the prices and if this drive is a keen price it is a no-brainer and you will not be disappointed, it offers great performance for this type of drive, 100TBW and a 3Y warranty.