August 25, 2013

Gadget ON: WD Blue UltraSlim 500GB SATA Drive Review (WD5000MPCK)

Western Digital (WD) released their thinnest drive form factor drive ever. With the highest possible aerial density inside the thinnest space. The WD UltraSlim 500GB is the latest offering with only 5mm thin.

WD Blue ultra-slim hard drive is the most advanced form factor ever at just 5 mm thin. That's 35 percent thinner than most popular smartphones and 47 percent thinner than a standard mobile hard drive.

WD Blue UltraSlim 5mm Specifications
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Performance
    • Rotational Speed 5,400 RPM (nominal)
    • Buffer Size 16 MB
    • Average Latency 5.50 ms (nominal)
  • Shock
    • Operating Shock (Read) 400G, 2ms
    • Non-operating Shock 1000G, 2 ms
  • Acoustics
    • Idle Mode 15 dBA (average)
    • Seek Mode 0 17 dBA (average)
  • Temperature
    • Operating 32° F to 140° F (0° C to 60° C)
    • Non-operating -40° F to 149° F (-40° C to 65° C)
  • Electrical Specifications
    • Read/Write 1.5 Watts
    • Idle 0.55 Watts
    • Standby 0.15 Watts
    • Sleep 0.15 Watts
  • Dimensions (HxDxW) 0.20" x 3.95"x 2.75" (5mm x 100.3mm x 69.85mm)
  • Weight 0.16lb (74g)
 Build and Design
With its 5mm UltraSlim design I was really amazed how thin this drive is, I was wondering how WD can fit all those components that make this work. The SATA connector is a separate dongle that is connected to the edge of the drive.

The drive top cover is covered by a white label with WD brand and the word UltraSlim, while the back side in where the important details are located, such as model number, drive capacity and serial numbers.

Performance and Benchmarks
We put the WD UltraSlim into test by using a Windows PC and a Macbook Pro. We tested read/write speeds with a a file folder containing around 6 GB of data consisting of mostly downloaded videos. According to WD it has a data transfer rate of up to 6Gb per second with a USB 3.0 connection, and up to 580Mb on per second when on USB 2.0.

Lenovo Windows 7 with a Core i5 processor with standard HDD via USB 2.0 external drive enclosure connection: transfer from/to the WD UltraSlim: 3:10/4:35
Lenovo Windows 8 with a Core i3 processor with standard HDD, via USB 3.0 external drive enclosure connection: transfer from/to the WD UltraSlim: 2:42/3:32

MacBook Pro with a Core 2 Duo processor with standard HDD, via USB 2.0 external drive enclosure connection: transfer from/to the WD UltraSlim: 3:35/3:24

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As you can see the advantage of using USB 3.0 connection, the transfer rate is much faster compared to USB 2.0, now if you want to use this as your internal drive I suggest that you download the utility Advanced Format Hard Drive from WD. 

What is does it do:
Advanced formatting optimizes hard drives to take advantage of the capabilities of newer operating systems. This capability enables hard disk drive manufacturers the ability to design larger capacity hard drives, now and into the future.

I've been using the WD Blue UltraSlim 500GB as our main external download storage in office and it's currently connected 24/7 for more that a month now and so far it's reliable just like the first day that I've used it.

you can now buy WD Blue UltraSlim 500GB in local market now with SRP of Php 6,990
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  1. Wow! It does have good specs. And it comes in USB 3.0 connection which is indeed a whole lot faster than the old USB 2.0 which I've been used to. But I find it a little bit expensive though for its price.

  2. At 6k, not bad especially for someone like me who uses the cloud more than storage alternatives.

  3. fair price .. do they have a 1 tera version of that?

  4. Affordable price. Perfect for those who needs some storage for their files.

  5. I'm not so good at the specificates, but those 5mm really caught my eye! This is really slim.

  6. I think I need this one as my files are already occupying too much of my PC's space.

  7. Wow, it's so slim. Looks cool and it's affordable. How about 1TB?

  8. For a thousand less than that price I could already buy 1TB. I guess I will only consider this if I really want it to be that slim. :(

  9. Slim and lightweight.. hmmm its definitely something to consider.

  10. What can you say are the real advantages of a hard drive being slim that would make it worth the extra price? It really looks good though!