Average Bench: 25.1% (156th of 639)

more Based on 5,409 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: 11%Average: 25.1% Great: 43%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 74.8% 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 1.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 54.5MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 32%. 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 56.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,409 samples)
Min Avg Max
24 Read 56.7 101
20.2 Write 54.5 101
16.6 Mixed 36 59.1
18.6 SusWrite 54.5 101
67.7% 50.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.47 0.6
0.4 4K Write 1.6 2.3
0.3 4K Mixed 0.67 0.9
79.1% 0.91 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
433GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 107 108 107 108 107 MB/s
Read 110
Write 112
Mixed 62.2
SusWrite 108
132% 98 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
107% 1.2 MB/s
318GB free, PID 10a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 108 109 109 87 69 MB/s
Read 118
Write 84
Mixed 66
SusWrite 98.1
119% 91.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
107% 1.2 MB/s
190GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 71 70 70 70 70 MB/s
Read 84.3
Write 79.3
Mixed 52.1
SusWrite 70
95% 71.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.8
108% 1.23 MB/s
466GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 32 34 34 34 33 35 MB/s
Read 65.5
Write 67.8
Mixed 46.5
SusWrite 33.9
70% 53.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.6
66% 0.8 MB/s
225GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 32 32 33 33 33 33 MB/s
Read 37
Write 33.3
Mixed 26.7
SusWrite 32.8
43% 32.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.6
76% 0.87 MB/s
277GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 18 19 19 19 19 19 MB/s
Read 30
Write 26
Mixed 21.5
SusWrite 18.8
32% 24.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
59% 0.7 MB/s
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