Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS (500 GB)

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Item 1456: Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB WD5001AALS
BrandWestern Digital
FamilyCaviar Black
PartWD5001AALS
Size500 GB
Cache32 MB
RPM7200
Form Factor3.5"
InterfaceSATA
Speed3 Gb/s
Warranty5 year
WD5001AALS Reviews1

Maximum performance

Sophisticated performance enhancing features deliver the speed you need for demanding applications like photo and video editing and Internet gaming.

No compromises

High performance, high capacity, high reliability, and cutting-edge technology make up WD Black, the ideal drive for those who demand only the best.

Industry-leading warranty

WD Black carries the highest available warranty protection on the market, a 5-year limited warranty

Dual processor

Twice the processing power to maximize performance. (wdc.com)

Disk Interface RPM Cache (MB) Size (GB) Warranty Years Best Price Vendor Value (GB/$)
Hitachi Ultrastar HUA723030ALA641 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 3000 5 83.00 36.14
Western Digital RE4-GP WD2002FYPS SATA 3 Gb/s 64 2000 5 74.00 27.03
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 2000 74.44 26.87
Western Digital Green WD20EZRX SATA 6 Gb/s 64 2000 2 74.99 26.67
Hitachi 0F10452 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 2000 75.00 26.67
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 2000 3 76.00 26.32
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000 HUA721010KLA330 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 40.00 25.00
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 2000 82.29 24.30
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 42.01 23.80
Western Digital WD Purple WD20PURX SATA 6 Gb/s 2000 84.43 23.69
Toshiba DT01ACA200 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 2000 2 84.99 23.53
Seagate Constellation ES ST32000644NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 64 2000 5 84.99 23.53
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS SATA 3 Gb/s 64 2000 3 87.00 22.99
Western Digital AV-GP WD20EURS SATA 3 Gb/s 64 2000 3 88.01 22.72
Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 SATA 7200 2000 89.99 22.22
Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 5 45.00 22.22
HP Midline 454146-B21 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 1000 45.00 22.22
Seagate Constellation ES ST31000524NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 5 45.01 22.22
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 47.25 21.16
Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS SATA 3 Gb/s 64 1500 3 71.90 20.86
Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 1500 3 72.00 20.83
Western Digital AV-GP WD10EURX SATA 6 Gb/s 64 1000 3 48.94 20.43
Western Digital AV-GP WD10EURS SATA 3 Gb/s 64 1000 3 48.95 20.43
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 0A38016 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 1000 49.00 20.41
Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 750 37.00 20.27
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 2 49.45 20.22
Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX SATA 6 Gb/s 64 1500 3 74.50 20.13
Western Digital Caviar Green WDBAAY0010HNC-NRSN SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 3 50.19 19.92
Toshiba DT01ACA Series DT01ACA100 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 2 52.25 19.14
Toshiba DT01ACA100 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 54.99 18.19
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EZRX SATA 6 Gb/s 64 1000 2 54.99 18.19
Western Digital WD1001FAES SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 54.99 18.19
Hitachi Deskstar E7K1000 hde721010sla330 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 57.00 17.54
Western Digital AV-GP WD15EURS SATA 3 Gb/s 64 1500 3 86.59 17.32
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 750 44.00 17.05
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1500 3 89.99 16.67
Western Digital Re WD1003FBYZ SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 5 60.00 16.67
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 1000 3 60.01 16.66
Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0011 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 60.01 16.66
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000524AS SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 61.01 16.39
Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 61.27 16.32
Western Digital WD Purple WD10PURX SATA 6 Gb/s 1000 62.50 16.00
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 1000 3 62.99 15.88
Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 5 63.01 15.87
Western Digital WDBH2D0010HNC-NRSN SATA 3 Gb/s 32 1000 64.49 15.51
Seagate SV35.5 ST1000VX000 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 64.99 15.39
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 3 66.01 15.15
Western Digital Red WD10EFRX SATA 6 Gb/s 64 1000 5 66.99 14.93
Hitachi Deskstar E7K500 HDS725050KLA360 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 34.00 14.71
Seagate Pipeline HD ST1000VM002 SATA 3 Gb/s 5900 64 1000 69.99 14.29
Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 640 3 44.95 14.24
Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1000 5 74.99 13.34
Western Digital Caviar Green WD8088AADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 808.8 3 62.00 13.05
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AZEX SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 750 5 59.00 12.71
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 79.01 12.66
Hitachi CinemaStar HCS721050CLA382 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 8 500 39.93 12.52
Samsung F1 RAID Class HE103UJ SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 80.00 12.50
Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVVS SATA 3 Gb/s 8 500 3 40.01 12.50
Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 500 3 40.78 12.26
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 16 500 41.00 12.20
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 5 83.45 11.98
Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AUDX SATA 6 Gb/s 32 500 42.00 11.90
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 3 85.00 11.76
Western Digital WDBMMA0010HNC-NRSN SATA 6 Gb/s 5400 64 1000 85.21 11.74
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADX SATA 6 Gb/s 32 1000 85.55 11.69
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX SATA 6 Gb/s 32 500 3 43.00 11.63
Western Digital RE3 WD5002ABYS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 5 43.95 11.38
HP 395473-B21 SATA 1.5 Gb/s 7200 500 44.01 11.36
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 3 44.01 11.36
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 1000 88.55 11.29
Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AVVS-63H0B1 SATA 3 Gb/s 5400 8 500 44.95 11.12
Western Digital Se WD1002F9YZ SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 128 1000 89.99 11.11
Toshiba DT01ACA050 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 500 45.75 10.93
Toshiba DT01ACA Series DT01ACA050 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 500 2 45.75 10.93
Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750641NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 750 69.01 10.87
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS SATA 3 Gb/s 16 640 3 63.01 10.16
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750525AS SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 750 74.00 10.14
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 49.93 10.01
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 750 3 75.64 9.92
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 52.00 9.62
Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500 7H500F0 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 53.00 9.43
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 750 3 80.00 9.38
Hitachi Deskstar E7K1000 HDE721050SLA330 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 54.49 9.18
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AZRX SATA 6 Gb/s 64 500 2 54.99 9.09
Western Digital RE2-GP WD7500AYPS SATA 3 Gb/s 16 750 5 84.00 8.93
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B HDT721064SLA360 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 640 73.00 8.77
Western Digital Caviar Green WDBAAY5000ENC-NRSN SATA 3 Gb/s 500 3 57.66 8.67
Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 0A35415 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 58.55 8.54
Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVCS SATA 3 Gb/s 16 500 3 58.68 8.52
Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 750 3 88.20 8.50
Seagate NL35 ST3500641NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 60.00 8.33
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000 0A35770 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 3 65.00 7.69
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 3 65.89 7.59
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 640 5 85.00 7.53
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000CSRTL SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 3 66.99 7.46
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5003AZEX SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 500 5 67.64 7.39
Western Digital WD5000AVVS-63M8B0 SATA 5400 8 500 68.84 7.26
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 3 70.00 7.14
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 5 70.00 7.14
Seagate SV35.5 ST3500410SV SATA 3 Gb/s 16 500 72.50 6.90
Western Digital RE3 WD5002ABYS-01B1B0 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 5 74.71 6.69
Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 64 500 5 75.00 6.67
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500620AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 3 76.01 6.58
Western Digital WDBH2D5000ENC-NRSN SATA 3 Gb/s 500 77.25 6.47
Western Digital Re WD5003ABYZ SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 500 78.35 6.38
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AAVS SATA 3 Gb/s 16 500 3 80.00 6.25
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AZDX SATA 6 Gb/s 32 500 81.99 6.10
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 0F11000 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 3 82.99 6.02
Lenovo 43R1990 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 8 500 85.32 5.86
HP Midline 458941-B21 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 500 86.90 5.75
Seagate ST3500631NS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 90.00 5.56
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500830AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 8 500 3 92.50 5.41
HP PV943UT SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 500 95.00 5.26
Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX5000ENC-NRSN SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 3 109.95 4.55
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 500 3 119.95 4.17
Maxtor DiamondMax 21 STM3500630AS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 125.00 4.00
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ SATA 6 Gb/s 10000 64 500 5 127.99 3.91
Seagate Constellation ES ST3500514NS SATA 3 Gb/s 32 500 5 130.00 3.85
Seagate Constellation ES ST500NM0011 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 500 149.99 3.33
Western Digital RE2 WD5000ABYS SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 159.95 3.13
Samsung SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 176.99 2.83
Seagate SV35.3 ST3500320SV SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 32 500 198.95 2.51
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 16 500 200.00 2.50
IBM 39M4558 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 500 245.00 2.04
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 32 500 2 292.98 1.71
HP StorageWorks MSA2 AJ738A SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 500 293.89 1.70
Seagate ST1000DX001 SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 64 1TB+8GB 75.99 0.00

Price History

Recent Price Changes

2014-10-22 $70.00 -4.00
2014-10-10 $74.00 -4.95
2014-09-15 $78.95 +0.95
2014-08-15 $78.00 -3.90
2014-08-15 $81.90 +3.90
2014-07-25 $78.00 -20.00
2014-06-17 $98.00 +13.25
2014-06-11 $84.75 -0.50
2014-06-11 $179.95
2014-06-05 $85.25 -9.75

Manufacturer's Specs

General
InterfaceSATA 3 Gb/s
Formatted Capacity500,107 MB
User Sectors Per Drive976,773,168
Capacity500 GB
Performance
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA)3 Gb/s (Max)
Buffer Size32 MB
Power
Standby1.00 Watts
Read/Write8.30 Watts
Sleep1.00 Watts
Idle7.70 Watts
Acoustics
Seek Mode 326 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 029 dBA (average)
Idle Mode25 dBA (average)

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