Average Bench: 25% (163rd of 639)

more Based on 10,077 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: 12%Average: 25% Great: 43%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 74.9% 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 1.58MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 54MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 31.8%. 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 0.47MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 57.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,077 samples)
Min Avg Max
26.6 Read 57.1 104
19.6 Write 53.7 104
17.7 Mixed 36.6 60.3
18 SusWrite 54 102
67.5% 50.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.47 0.6
0.4 4K Write 1.58 2.3
0.3 4K Mixed 0.66 0.9
77.9% 0.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
466GB free, PID 10a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 107 109 107 108 106 MB/s
Read 99.6
Write 98.5
Mixed 60
SusWrite 107
123% 91.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
100% 1.13 MB/s
42GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 67 68 67 67 67 67 MB/s
Read 73.2
Write 72.3
Mixed 48.2
SusWrite 67
88% 65.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.7
94% 1.1 MB/s
233GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 71 71 71 68 69 MB/s
Read 70.9
Write 70.3
Mixed 46.6
SusWrite 70.2
87% 64.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
90% 1.03 MB/s
324GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 34 34 35 35 34 MB/s
Read 34.7
Write 32
Mixed 23.3
SusWrite 34.3
42% 31.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
70% 0.83 MB/s
460GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 39 41 41 41 41 41 MB/s
Read 37.9
Write 34.5
Mixed 23
SusWrite 40.6
46% 34 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.4
29% 0.43 MB/s
130GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 29 26 34 32 33 33 MB/s
Read 27.5
Write 18.5
Mixed 16.6
SusWrite 31.1
31% 23.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0.3
22% 0.33 MB/s
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