WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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Every drive has a purpose


  • WD Black Performance Hard Drives

    • Ideal for:
      • Desktop PCs & Mac
      • Performance computing
      • Gamers and Creative Professionals (Photo/video/music editing) 
    • Form factor:
      • Desktop 3.5-inch Hard Drive (Also available in 2.5-inch mobile)
    • Specifications:
      • Up to 6 TB capacity
      • 64 MB Cache
      • 5-year limited warranty

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  • Inspiring performance and capacity

    For the creators, the gamers and those that demand the best, we delivered the next generation of hard drives to enlarge your PC playground. The latest WD Black desktop hard drives offer enhanced features that maximize system performance, allowing you to spend more time doing what you love most and more space to store it all.
  • For the gamer

    Game harder, faster and longer by using WD Black hard drives which feature Vibration Control Technology (VCT). VCT allows the disks inside the drive to adapt to any mounting problems or vibration conditions that are inside your case, resulting in increased data accuracy, performance and reliability over time.
  • For the enthusiast

    WD Black is also equipped with StableTrac Technology which confidently stabilizes the platters inside, resulting in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations and delivers increased performance. (2 TB models and above).
  • For the creative pro

    Underlying its athletic stance of performance and capacity, WD Black features a new High Resolution Controller (HRC) with an improved architectural design, resulting in increased data precision across the hard drive. This translates to superior responsiveness evolving your high definition world to the next level.

  • Best in class warranty

    Compared to standard hard drives such as WD BlueTM, our WD Black hard drives pass more strenuous and aggressive internal testing over a longer period of time which is why the WD Black drive is backed by an industry leading 5-year warranty.
  • What it holds

    WD offers capacities of up to 6 TB per hard drive, which allows you to hold up to 1,200,000 photos, 461 hours of video or 1,5000,000 songs.*

    *Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors. As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.

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Description Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing. Maximum performance for power computing.
Limited Warranty 2-year 5-year
Highest available capacity 6 TB 6 TB
For Personal Computing
SATA 6 Gb/s
3.5-inch form factor
Up to 128 MB Cache
Optimized for graphics, photo & video editing
Designed for PC Gaming

General Information

Desktop Hard Drives

WD Black hard drives are designed for enthusiasts and creative professionals looking for leading-edge performance. These 3.5-inch desktop drives are perfect for high-performance applications like photo and video editing, gaming and power PCs.

Technical Information
Storage Capacity:500 GB
Platform Supported:Mac
Platform Supported:PC
Features:NoTouch Ramp Load
Features:Advanced Format

Drive Performance
Maximum External Data Transfer Rate:768 MB/s (6 Gbit/s)
Spindle Speed (rpm):7200
Buffer:64 MB

Drive Interface:SATA
Drive Interface Standard:SATA/600

Physical Characteristics
Drive Type:Internal
Drive Width:3.5"
Weight (Approximate):15.52 oz

System Requirements:

Operating System(s):

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Mac OS
Certifications & Standards:
  • CE
  • C-Tick
  • F.I.T.
  • Canada ICES-003 Class B / NMB-003 Classe B
Environmentally Friendly:Yes
Environmental Certification:RoHS
Environmental Certification:WEEE
Environmental Certification:China RoHS

Limited Warranty:5 Year

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  • This item can be shipped only within the U.S.

Product Specification Sheets

  • UPC: 718037800233 
  • Mfr's Part #: WD5003AZEX