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WD5000AUDX 500GB

The Western Digital WD5000AUDX 500GB is a 3.5" 500GB Hard Disk Drive.

It uses the SATA 6Gb/s interface.

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Western Digital WD5000AUDX 500GB

Drive TypeHard Disk DriveThis defines whether the drive is a large-capacity slower hard disk drive, a smaller-capacity but much faster solid-state drive, or a hybrid
Physical Size3.5"The size of the drive dictates which drive bays it will fit into - generally a small drive will fit into any bigger drive bay with an adapter
Capacity500GBThe drive storage capacity is the limit to the size of files that can be stored
Cache Size32MBThe bigger the cache, the more data that can be temporarily stored for faster access
Power Required4WHDDs should generally require very little power to run, and SSDs even less
Drive InterfaceSATA 6Gb/sThe interface is the type of motherboard connection and defines the bandwidth limit of the drive

WD5000AUDX 500GB compatibility review

The Western Digital WD5000AUDX 500GB is a hard disk drive, which means it stores data using quickly rotating disks, or platters, that can be read and written on via the moving actuator arm. Hard disk drives generally have a large storage capacity, and so are perfect for large amounts of data. The potential performance is well below that of solid-state drives, but they can definitely still hold their own. The Western Digital WD5000AUDX 500GB is a good example of a high performance hard disk drive, and should complement any PC build as a primary storage device.

With a cache of 32MB, the Western Digital WD5000AUDX 500GB can store a large amount of data temporarily, which will result in speedy loading times for previously loaded files and applications. At a speed of 0 RPM, the hard disk drive spins at a very slow speed. This speed should be avoided entirely unless used as a dedicated storage system, as the resulting performance would be infuriatingly slow.

With a capacity of 500GB, the Western Digital WD5000AUDX 500GB has a fairly small amount of storage for an hard disk drive. Using the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s interface this hard disk drive will never be limited by its connection with the motherboard. In fact, mechanical hard disk drives cannot even reach the bandwidth capacity allowed by SATA 2.0 3Gb/s, so it would not matter even if it were plugged into a SATA 2.0 motherboard slot.

A form factor size of 3.5" is standard for desktop drives, and this will fit into any standard case drive bay, or into a 5.25" drive bay with an adapter.

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