WD Black Mobile 2.5-inch Hard Drives
Maximum Performance for Power Computing


WD Black Mobile 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Western Digital Mobile Hard Drives
WD Black Mobile Hard Drives
WD Black Mobile Hard Drive, 750 GB
Internal HD - 750 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 7200 RPM - 16MB Cache
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WD Black Mobile Hard Drive, 500 GB
Internal HD - 500 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 7200 RPM - 32MB Cache
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WD Black Mobile Hard Drive, 500 GB
Internal HD - 500 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 7200 RPM - 16MB Cache
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WD Black Mobile Hard Drive, 320 GB
Internal HD - 320 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 7200 RPM - 32MB Cache
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WD Black Mobile Hard Drive, 320 GB
Internal HD - 320 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 7200 RPM - 16MB Cache - No Advanced Format
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WD Black Mobile Hard Drive, 250 GB
Internal HD - 250 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 7200 RPM - 32MB Cache
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Overview:

WD Black hard drives are designed for enthusiasts and creative professionals looking for leading-edge performance. These 2.5-inch mobile drives are perfect for high-performance applications like photo and video editing, gaming and power PCs.

Maximum performance

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

No compromises

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.

Feature rich

Feature rich
WD Black hard drives combine a high performance 7200 RPM spin speed, 16 MB cache and SATA 6 Gb/s interface for the ultimate in power computing for notebooks.

WD BlackHigh performance electronics
WD Black drives feature a dual processor and bigger, faster dynamic cache for maximum read and write speeds.

Dynamic Cache
WD's dynamic caching algorithm improves performance in real time by optimizing cache allocation between reads and writes. For example, if there's an overwhelming percentage of read traffic as opposed to write traffic, the drive automatically allocates more cache for read data, which reduces congestion and improves overall drive performance.

Dual processor
Twice the processing power to maximize performance.

Rock-solid Mechanical Architecture
Enhanced reliability features help protect the drive and the data stored on it.

NoTouch Ramp Load technology
The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

Easy upgrade
Acronis True Image, available as a download on the WD Support website, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive.

Recommended use.
WD Black hard drives are tested and recommended for use in notebook computers.

Features:


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.

Dual processor
Twice the processing power to maximize performance.

Dynamic Cache
WD's dynamic caching algorithm improves performance in real time by optimizing cache allocation between reads and writes. For example, if there's an overwhelming percentage of read traffic as opposed to write traffic, the drive automatically allocates more cache for read data, which reduces congestion and improves overall drive performance.

Available SATA 6 Gb/s interface
The SATA 6 Gb/s interface provides greater flexibility for use with the latest chipsets as well as backwards compatibility to legacy systems with SATA 3 Gb/s requirements.

Rock-solid mechanical architecture
Twice the processing power to maximize performance.

NoTouch ramp load technologyNoTouch™ ramp load technology
The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

Tested for compatibility
We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab™ to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

Advanced Format (AF)Advanced Format (AF).
Technology being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities. (WD7500BPKX and WD5000BPKX models only)

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

Applications

  • Power computing applications such as video and photo editing, and maxed out gaming computers.
  • WD Black hard drives are tested and recommended for use in notebook computers.*

The WD Advantage

WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T) prior to any product launch. This testing ensures our products consistently meet the highest quality and reliability standards of the WD brand. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles as well as helpful software and utilities. Our customer support lines have longer operational hours to ensure you get the help you need when you need it.

* WD hard drives are designed and tested for use in specific applications and environments. This ensures that your hard drive is compatible with and functions properly in your application. Our hard drives are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship in the system for which they were designed. Use in systems other than for what the hard drive was designed could result in compatibility problems that affect proper function, unrelated to material and/or workmanship defects. For best results, be sure to select the appropriate product for your application by consulting our product spec sheets on our website at www.wd.com or by calling our customer support line where we would be happy to help you through the selection process.

Specifications:

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.

Photo: Figures represent the average number of photos taken with a 6 megapixel camera in high-resolution JPEG mode with an average file size of 3.5 MB per photo. The actual number of images will vary by camera model and compression setting.

Hours: The DV format, regardless of its mode (miniDV, DVCAM, DVC-Pro) has a data rate of approximately 25mb/s (mega-bits per second). In storage terms, this translates to approximately 3.5MB/s (Megabytes per second) or 13GB/hr (Gigabytes per hour)

Song: Music capacity is based on 4 minutes per song. MP3 capacity is based on 128 Kbps bit rate and 11:1 audio compression ratio. Uncompressed CD quality is based on 1:1 audio compression ratio.

WD Black Mobile Dimensions

What It Holds

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.

Drive Size 750 GB 500 GB 320 GB 250 GB 160 GB
Specifications
Model Number1 WD7500BPKX WD5000BPKX WD3200BEKX WD2500BEKX WD1600BEKX
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Formatted Capacity2 750,156 MB 500,107 MB 320,072 MB 250,059 MB 160,041 MB
User sectors per drive 1,465,149,168 976,773,168 625,142,448 488,397,168 312,581,808
Form factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch
Advanced Format (AF) Yes Yes No No No
RoHS Compliant3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Performance
Data transfer rate
Interface speed

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s
Cache (MB) 16 16 16 16 16
Rotational Speed (RPM) 7200 7200 7200 7200 7200
Average drive ready time (sec) 3.2 3.2 3 3 3
Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/unload cycles4 600,000
Non-recoverable read errors per bits read <1 in 1014
Limited warranty (years)5 5
Power Management
5VDC ±10% (A, peak) 1.15 1.15 1.1 1.1 1.1
Average power requirements (W) Read/Write: 1.75
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
Read/Write: 1.75
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
Read/Write: 1.75
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
Read/Write: 1.75
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
Read/Write: 1.75
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
Environmental Specifications6
Operating Temperature 0 to 60° C
Non-operating Temperature -40 to 70° C
Shock (Gs)
Operating (2 ms) 350 350 350 350 350
Non-operating (1 ms) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Average acoustics (dBA)7
Idle mode 28 28 22 22 22
Seek mode (average) 28 28 25 25 25
Physical Dimensions
Height (in./mm) 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50
Length (in./mm) 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20
Width (in./mm) 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85
Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%) 0.25/0.115 0.25/0.115 0.23/0.106 0.23/0.106 0.23/0.106
Drive Size 500 GB 320 GB 250 GB 250 GB  
Specifications
Model Number1 WD5000LPLX WD3200LPLX WD2500LPLX WD2500BEKX  
Interface SATA 3 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s  
Formatted Capacity2 500,107 MB 320,072 MB 250,059 MB 250,059 MB  
User sectors per drive 976,773,168 625,142,448 488,397,168 488,397,168  
Form factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch  
Advanced Format (AF) Yes Yes Yes No  
RoHS Compliant3 Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Performance
Data transfer rate
Interface speed

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s
 
Cache (MB) 32 32 32 16  
Rotational Speed (RPM) 7200 7200 7200 7200  
Average drive ready time (sec) 3.8 3.8 3.8 3  
Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/unload cycles4 600,000
Non-recoverable read errors per bits read <1 in 1014
Limited warranty (years)5 5
Power Management
5VDC ±10% (A, peak) 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.1  
Average power requirements (W) Read/Write: 2.0
Idle: 0.85
Standby: 0.25
Sleep: 0.25
Read/Write: 2.0
Idle: 0.85
Standby: 0.25
Sleep: 0.25
Read/Write: 2.0
Idle: 0.85
Standby: 0.25
Sleep: 0.25
Read/Write: 1.75
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
 
Environmental Specifications6
Operating Temperature 0 to 60° C
Non-operating Temperature -40 to 70° C
Shock (Gs)
Operating (2 ms) 400 400 400 350  
Non-operating (1 ms) 1000 1000 1000 1000  
Average acoustics (dBA)7
Idle mode 23 23 23 22  
Seek mode (average) 25 25 25 25  
Physical Dimensions
Height (in./mm) 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50 0.374/9.50  
Length (in./mm) 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20  
Width (in./mm) 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85  
Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%) 0.25/0.115 0.23/0.106 0.23/0.106 0.23/0.106  

1 Not all products may be available in all regions of the world.
2 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, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. Effective maximum SATA 3 Gb/s transfer rate calculated according to the Serial ATA specification published by the SATA-IO organization as of the date of this specification sheet. Visit www.sata-io.org for details.
3 WD hard drive products manufactured and sold worldwide after June 8, 2011, meet or exceed Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance requirements as mandated by the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.
4 Controlled unload at ambient condition.
5 The term of the limited warranty may vary by region. Visit http://support.wd.com/warranty for details.
6 No non-recoverable errors during operating tests or after non-operating tests.
7 Sound power level.

Advanced Format TechnologyAdvanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility:


About Western Digital Advanced Format Hard Drives

WD Advanced Format drives are specifically optimized for Mac and the latest Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista and Windows 7 with a clean install. Advanced Format Technology is being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiency, thus enabling larger drive capacities.

Using your WD Advanced Format Hard Drive with a Windows Operating System may require you to run the WD Align Windows software utility after you install your operating system or partition and format the drive as a secondary drive. The WD Align software aligns existing partitions on the Advanced Format drive to ensure it provides full performance for certain configurations. (Please see table for configuration details)

If your operating system is either Windows 7 or Vista, WD recommends using the latest Intel driver version 9.6 or later for maximum performance in all situations. Please visit Intel for the latest driver downloads.

OS used to create patition Clean Install Cloning utilitiy
1 Partition or > 1 Partition
USB*
1 Partition
USB*
> 1 Partition
Windows XP Run WD Allgn Run WD Allgn Run WD Allgn Run WD Allgn
Windows Vista N/A Run WD Allgn N/A N/A
Windows 7 N/A Run WD Allgn N/A N/A
Mac OS N/A N/A N/A N/A

What does Advanced Formatting mean to me?

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.

What are the benefits of Advanced Formatting?

Advanced Formatting enables hard drive companies to read and write more data into the same available space on the hard drive.

Can I install an Advanced Format hard drive in my system?

New drives from WD are optimized for operation with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard. If you are attempting a clean install of an Advanced Format hard drive into a system running one of the Operating Systems listed above the installation process follows standard procedure. For older operating systems such as Windows XP, and for users using cloning software, users must run the WD Align utility to achieve the full performance of the drive. (See table for configuration details)

Early 3.5-inch WD drives with Advanced Format supported jumper pins 7 – 8. Placing a jumper on these pins adjusted the drive’s internal alignment for single partition XP installations. Support for this jumper setting is no longer needed on newer drives. For optimal performance on all XP installations WD recommends running the WD Align utility.

If you have a drive that supports jumper pins 7 – 8 and have a jumper in place on those pins, the following is additional information to assist you if you are re-installing an Operating System or re-partitioning the drive:

  • IMPORTANT: You must backup your drive before making any changes, including removal of the jumper.
  • Re-partition the drive: Turn off power to the drive and remove the jumper from pins 7 – 8. Power-on and re-partition the drive (NOTE: All previous data on the drive will be lost).
  • Preserve Current Partition: If you are installing an Operating System over the existing partition, keep the jumper on pins 7 – 8. The drive is already aligned to the existing partition so you do not need to remove the jumper.
  • If you change the setting of jumper 7 – 8, you will lose all previous data and the drive must be re-partitioned.

For a clean install of Windows XP using multiple partitions, DO NOT install the jumper; simply run the WD Align utility.

Can I install a WD Advanced Format Drive under non-Windows Operating Systems, such as MacOS and Linux?

WD Advanced Format Drives can be used under non-Windows Operating Systems.

Do I need a special driver to install a WD Advanced Format Drive on an Intel chipset?

If your operating system is either Windows 7 or Vista, we recommend the following for maximum performance in all situations:

  • For Intel chipset, use the latest Intel driver version 9.6 or later. Please visit Intel for the latest driver downloads at http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-031502.htm
  • For AMD chipset, no driver update is required.
  • For Nvidia chipset, please visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982018 for additional information.

What is WD Align utility software?

The WD Align utility enables older operating systems to operate at full performance on Advanced Format hard drives.

How long will running the WD Align utility take?

It will vary based on your operating system and how much data is on the disk, but the WD Align utility should take about 20 minutes to complete on freshly installed drive images with no data files. We recommend disabling Power Management prior to starting the partitioning alignment process.

Does the WD Align utility have to be run again if a drive is reformatted?

No, users will only need to run WD Align one time after initially installing Windows XP. Once Windows XP has been aligned, it will stay aligned even if the drive is reformatted or many files are added or removed.

What models utilize Advanced Format technology?

Some models of the WD Green and WD Blue product families are built using Advanced Format technology. Over time more models and capacities will be added. WD drives with Advanced Format technology include special installation information on the drive label so be sure to read the label on your drive before installing it.

Does WD Align work with Western Digital USB and Firewire drives, such as My Book and My Passport drives?

If you do not change the partitions on a Western Digital USB or Firewire drive, the drive is already optimally aligned. However, all Western Digital USB and Firewire drives are specifically designed to work with WD Align. If you repartition a Western Digital USB or Firewire drive, WD Align should be run to optimally align the partition or partitions.

Can I install my Advanced Format Drive into a USB enclosure?

Yes, you may install your Advanced Format Drive into a USB enclosure.

Drive Views:

Bottom View
Bottom View
Top Angle View
Top Angle View

Right Angle View
Right Angle View
Cover View
Cover View

Documentation:

Download the WD Black Mobile Datasheet (PDF).

Download the WD Black Mobile Specsheet (PDF).