Average Bench: 24% (177th of 639)

more Based on 10,869 user benchmarks.  Devices: VID 1058 PID 10a8, VID 1058 PID 1023, VID 1058 PID 10a2, VID 1058 PID 1078, VID 1058 PID 1048, VID 1058 PID 1042 Models: WD Elements 10A8, WD Elements 1042, WD Elements 1078, WD Elements 1023, WD Elements 10A2, WD Elements 1048
Poor: 10%Average: 24% Great: 41%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 76.0% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.56MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 51.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 30.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Elements 500GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.46MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 53.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,869 samples)
Min Avg Max
23.2 Read 53.6 96.1
17.2 Write 51.3 97.7
16.9 Mixed 35 58
16.6 SusWrite 51.8 96.4
64.4% 47.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.46 0.6
0.4 4K Write 1.56 2.3
0.3 4K Mixed 0.65 0.9
76.8% 0.89 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
175GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 89 90 88 89 89 MB/s
Read 92.1
Write 105
Mixed 61.5
SusWrite 89
118% 86.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.7
111% 1.27 MB/s
392GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 77 76 77 77 76 76 MB/s
Read 75.8
Write 77.5
Mixed 51
SusWrite 76.4
95% 70.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
104% 1.2 MB/s
164GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 66 66 66 66 65 MB/s
Read 72.3
Write 88.6
Mixed 51.5
SusWrite 66.1
95% 69.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
80% 0.93 MB/s
19GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 57 59 59 62 62 58 MB/s
Read 55.6
Write 60.2
Mixed 44.2
SusWrite 59.5
75% 54.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.6
76% 0.87 MB/s
184GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 35 35 35 36 36 MB/s
Read 67.1
Write 18.1
Mixed 26.7
SusWrite 35.2
43% 36.8 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.5
34% 0.63 MB/s
238GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 31 33 33 32 32 32 MB/s
Read 57.5
Write 25.8
Mixed 23.2
SusWrite 32.2
42% 34.7 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.5
38% 0.67 MB/s
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