- 3D NAND SATA SSD for capacities up to 2TB with enhanced reliability
- An active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSD
- Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s
- An industry leading 1.75M hours mean time to failure; MTTF; and up to 500 terabytes written; TBW; for enhanced reliability
- WD F.I.T. Lab certification for compatibility with a wide range of computers; Free downloadable software to monitor the status of your drive and clone a drive or backup your data
The Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD utilizes 3D NAND technology comes with capacities up to 2 trillion bytes (2TB) with enhanced reliability.
Featuring an active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSDs, this dynamic SSD entails you’re able to work longer before recharging your laptop.
It accords you sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s; giving the system required speed to perform most demanding computing applications.
Combined with the free, downloadable WD SSD Dashboard software and a 5-year limited warranty, you can confidently upgrade your system to the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD.
Designed for a variety of computing applications like gaming, HD media playback, creative software, and more, the 500GB Blue 3D NAND SATA III M.2 2280 Internal SSD from WD is verified for use with a wide range of desktop and laptop computers with M.2 2280 slots for faster system boots, application responses, and transfer speeds.
This SSD operates with a lower average active power draw of 52mW and features a storage capacity of up to 500GB, a SATA III 6 Gb/s interface, sequential write speeds of up to 530 MB/s, sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, random writes of up to 84,000 IOPS, and random reads of up to 95,000 IOPS.
Also employed is 1.75 million hours MTTF (mean time to failure) and an endurance rating (lifetime writes) of 200 TBW (terabytes written).
With solid-state drive technology, you benefit from load and access times for your files and programs that are faster than a conventional 7200 rpm hard drive.
As SSDs have no moving parts, they are also more durable than traditional hard drives and are better protected against damage from drops and bumps.
Having no moving parts also means that SSDs receive less wear and tear, as there are no read or write heads for the drive media to come into contact with.
SSDs also help to deliver improved battery life and cooler operating temperatures. Protection is provided by a limited 5-year warranty.
SSD with high capacity and enhanced reliability
If you have been searching for SSD that delivers high capacity with enhanced reliability, then, you have the right tool, a WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD uses Western Digital 3D NAND technology to achieve higher capacities than previous generation WD Blue SSDs and help reduce cell-to-cell interference for enhanced reliability.
Performance for high-end computing
For a variety of computing applications like gaming, HD media playback, or creative software, look to WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs.
Western Digital 3D NAND technology helps enable sequential read speeds up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530 MB/s for faster system boots, application responses, and transfer speeds.
This is an SSD carefully designed with no moving parts to help protect against data loss if it is accidentally bumped or dropped.
And with 1.75 million hours MTTF (mean time to failure), up to 200 TBW (terabytes written), and several error correction technologies, WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs can help guard data for years to come.
Wide range of compatibility
With a certification from the WD Functional Integrity Testing Lab (F.I.T. Lab), every WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD is verified for use with a wide range of desktop and laptop computers.
Every WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD goes through extensive compatibility and reliability testing to help ensure it meets high standards.
Downloadable WD SSD Dashboard and Acronis Software
Why do I need to download it? You need the software to be able to monitor your drive’s available capacity, operating temperatures, SMART attributes, and more with the WD SSD Dashboard.
Acronis True Image WD Edition software, available as a free download, can clone drives and back up your operating system, applications, settings, and all of your data.
Every WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD comes with a limited 5-year warranty, so you can be confident of your storage when you upgrade or replace any of your drives. Although, the user-manual contains WD contacts for technical supports comes with no contact for Nigeria. Western Digital needs to look into that.
Let’s look at some questions you are likely going to ask:
Question: I’m interested in this SSD but I am not sure if it is compatible with my Minix Neo J50c-4. Now, tell me, are you able to confirm that it will be or not?
When checking the Minix official compatible SSD list, the Western Digital isn’t listed however if you check the Minix forums it has been user tested and this model (WDS500G2B0B) has been successfully used.
You may need to contact the manufacturers (Minix) support to verify if you still have concerns but hope that helps with your query.
Question: I have an Asus laptop; will it work?
Answer: While you would need to check with ASUS for complete certainty, from what I can see this should be compatible with your laptop.
This uses a standard M.2 interface; the ASUS has such an adaptor; and it’s easy to find instructions on upgrading the M.2 SSD in your model of laptop.
Question: Okay, do I have to buy the connector separately?
Answer: In most cases no, your motherboard will bring a few SATA cables and the power adapter, that should also come with your power supply.
Meanwhile, you can just use the extra SSD as a storage drive, but if the newer SSD you are buying is faster, I would probably reinstall the operating system on the newest on.
If you are scared about that though, there are many YouTube videos that will help you not only to transfer the OS if you wanted to, but also to reinstall windows.
Windows tends to perform better if you reinstall. Let me know which route you prefer to go and I can link a video for you.
Question: Very helpful, thanks. My WD 1Tb SSD has a big yellow sticker warning me it is electrostatically sensitive, suggesting I need to root out my electrostatic wrist strap and earth myself to the nearest radiator before touching it. I’m worrying how sensitive these SSDs really are.
Answer: Experts in this field would tell you to make sure before touching it, just touch the inside of your case which will discharge your ESD and take care of everything. Also, make sure you don’t have food or grease on your hands, just make sure everything is clean but you are good.
Question: I am worried, I just bought the SSD but doesn’t fit in the 2.5” drive bay, what do I do?
Answer: Don’t be worried. You can use some double sided tape and stick it where it fits.
Question: One of my problems is that the PSU Cable is preventing me from mounting the SSD from the case side. So my only option is to put it on a hard drive tray which only screws two sides of the SSD leaving it hanging.
Response: That is the great thing about SSD’s, since there are no moving parts, you can have them anywhere inside your machine basically, dangling if you want, though I would maybe double sided sticky tape the drive so that it does not get loose and fall, but you are good.
Question: Can I use whatever SATA Cable I have? I am asking because my motherboard only had 2 SATA Cables, I have another SATA cable; can I use that or something is going to happen?
Answer: Yes, you should have no problem.
Again, here are some specs of the SSD
This is a great device that gives you leverage to monitor your drive’s available capacity, operating temperatures, SMART attributes and more with the WD SSD Dashboard. Acronis True Image WD Edition software, available as a free download, can clone drives and backup your operating system, applications, settings and all of your data.
The problem I have here is the warranty. Western Digital needs to be specific if the 5-year warranty applies here (Nigeria) because on the pack you get this inscription – “Local Nigerian Warranty”.