WD Blue Mobile 2.5-inch Hard Drives
Solid Performance and Reliability for Everyday Computing


WD Blue Mobile 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Western Digital Mobile Hard Drives
WD Blue Mobile Hard Drives - SATA 6 Gb/s
WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 2 TB
Internal HD - 2 TB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 15 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 1 TB
Internal HD - 1 TB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 7.0 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 1 TB
Internal HD - 1 TB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 9.5 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 750 GB
Internal HD - 750 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 9.5 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 500 GB
Internal HD - 500 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 7.0 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 320 GB
Internal HD - 320 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 7.0 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 320 GB
Internal HD - 320 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 7.0 mm Height
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WD Blue Mobile Hard Drive, 250 GB
Internal HD - 250 GB - 2.5 Inch - SATA 6 Gb/s - 5400 RPM - 7.0 mm Height
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Overview:

WD Blue hard drives deliver solid performance and reliability while providing you with all the space you need to hold an enormous amount of photos, videos and files. These drives are designed for use as primary drives in notebooks and external enclosures. This allows you to use our drive with confidence, knowing that our storage technologies are proven and are reliable everyday solutions. The difference with WD is that our colors never fade.

Trusted engineering

Trusted engineering
Built to WD's highest standards of quality and reliability, WD Blue offers the features and entry-level capacities that are ideal for your computing needs. WD Blue is designed by the brand that you trust with the quality you would expect for a tested, proven, everyday storage solution.

A modern classic

A modern classic
WD Blue storage is designed and manufactured with technology found in WD's original award-winning desktop and mobile hard drives. WD Blue sets the baseline for everyday storage by consistently delivering improved performance over previous generations while successfully maintaining WD's quality and reliability for over six generations. The difference is that our colors never fade, generation after generation.

Your power of choice

Your power of choice
WD Blue is available in a broad range of entry-level capacities, cache sizes, form factors and interfaces so you can be sure there's a drive that's the perfect fit for your system. However, not all hard drives are created equally and for your applications that demand more, WD gives you the power of choice.

WD BlueDrive with confidence
We perform tests on hundreds of systems, configurations, and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab to give our customers the confidence that our drives will work in their systems for the ultimate compatibility. WD Blue allows you to use our drive with confidence, knowing that our storage advancements such as NoTouch Ramp Load technology are proven and reliable everyday solutions.

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 Blue storage is tested and recommended for use in notebooks, external enclosures and certain industrial applications.

Features:


New ultra-slim design
Accomplishing unprecedented feats in engineering at only 5 mm thin, these drives enable a world of possibilities and applications. (WD5000MPCK model only).

Low power consumption
State-of-the-art seeking algorithms and advanced power management features ensure low power consumption and long battery life.

The original
WD Blue drives are designed and manufactured with the proven technology found in WD's original award-winning hard drives.

WD quality
Built to the highest standards of quality and reliability, these drives offer the features and capacity ideal for your everyday computing needs.

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. (xPVX, xPCX, and MPCK models only).

Upgrading your drive is easy.
WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, 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.

Quiet.
In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD's exclusive noise reducing technologies yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market.

Compatible
Our latest generation of 7 mm 2.5-inch mobile drives is designed for thin and light mobile applications, and is also compatible with most standard 9.5 mm bays. (xPCX, LPVT, and LPVX models only).

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.

StableTrac™
Motor shaft affixed to the baseplate and top cover stabilizes platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations, yielding higher drive data throughput in harsh shock and vibration environments. Supporting the top cover with the shaft also increases robustness to pinch forces. (WD5000MPCK model only).

Dual actuator technology
A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). (WD5000MPCK model only).

Advanced Format (AF).
Advanced Format (AF)Technology adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiencies, thus enabling larger drive capacities. (PVT models only)

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

Applications

WD Blue hard drives are tested and recommended for use in notebooks, netbooks and external enclosures.*

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.

Ultra-Slim Design:

Massive engineering in an ultra-slim world.
Massive engineering in an ultra-slim world.

WD has pioneered an entirely new way of engineering the hard drive. With the highest possible aerial density inside the thinnest space, the WD Blue ultra-slim hard drive is our 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.

Feather weight in a heavy weight class.

Feather weight in a heavy weight class.

The WD Blue ultra-slim hard drive is 36 percent lighter than standard mobile hard drives, weighing in at just 74 grams, (2.61 ounces). Our new intelligent micro PCBA also helps reduce drive mass for 47 percent less total volume without compromising mobility requirements, making WD Blue as light as a feather!

Best-in-class acoustics.

Best-in-class acoustics.

WD's exclusive noise reducing technologies make the WD Blue 5 mm ultra-slim hard drive whisper quiet. At merely 15 decibels while idle and 17 decibels during seek operations on average, this drive is over 10 percent quieter than the closest competitor drive in its class.







State of the art, from the start.
State of the art, from the start.

An ultra-slim design that does not compromise, WD Blue was designed with stronger aluminum materials and a harder Tied-Shaft motor which increases drive pinch strength as much as 30 percent. These advanced engineering improvements allow for a more rigid structure without degrading performance or increasing power consumption.

WD Blue ultra-slim has also revolutionized the mobile hard drive with influences of enterprise-grade craftsmanship, featuring a new superior grade, high performance Dual Stage Actuator. Our state-of-the-art technology helps to reduce vibrations and acoustics that are emitted from within your system, increasing drive reliability and adds value by helping protect your investment.

Sealed to perfection.
Sealed to perfection.

Achieving a 5 mm profile with 47 percent less volume required a wide range of innovations, from the thermosphere down to protons and electrons. We introduced new manufacturing techniques and pioneered capabilities only thought previously as unimaginable. Our engineers pushed into new boundaries and developed a drive so advanced, it's reflection is simply remarkable. This combination of unique challenges allowed WD to create a design so slim, so compact, that it is sealed to perfection.

Green to Blue Details:

Green to Blue Details

WD has expanded its line of WD Blue hard drives with new model numbers and solutions.

Now available in up to 6 TB capacities and low power models, WD is making it easier for customers to choose the right drive for their PC.

Green to Blue Details
Green to Blue Details

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 Blue Dimension

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 3 TB 2 TB 1 TB 1 TB 750 GB
Specifications
Model Number1 WD30NPRZ WD20NPVZ WD10SPCX WD10JPVX WD7500LPCX
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Formatted Capacity2 3,000,592 MB 2,000,802 MB 1,000,204 MB 1,000,204 MB 750,156 MB
Form factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch
Advanced Format (AF) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RoHS Compliant3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Performance
Data transfer rate (max)
Interface speed

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s

6 Gb/s
Cache (MB) 64 8 8 8 16
Rotational Speed (RPM) 5400 5200 5400 5400 5400
Average drive ready time (sec) 8.0 6.5 2.8 3.0 2.8
Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/unload cycles4 600,000
Non-recoverable read errors per bits read <1 in 1014
Limited warranty (years)5 2
Power Management
5VDC ±10% (A, peak) 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
Average power requirements (W) Read/Write: 2.0
Idle: 0.7
Standby: 0.1
Sleep: 0.1
Read/Write: 1.7
Idle: 0.8
Standby: 0.2
Sleep: 0.2
Read/Write: 1.7
Idle: 0.57
Standby: 0.18
Sleep: 0.18
Read/Write: 1.4
Idle: 0.59
Standby: 0.18
Sleep: 0.18
Read/Write: 1.7
Idle: 0.57
Standby: 0.18
Sleep: 0.18
Environmental Specifications6
Operating Temperature 0 to 60° C
Non-operating Temperature -40 to 65° C
Average acoustics (dBA)7
Idle 25.5 24 20 24 20
Seek (average) 26.5 25 21 25 21
Physical Dimensions
Height (in./mm, max)8 0.59/15 0.59/15 0.28/7.0 0.374/9.50 0.28/7.0
Length (in./mm, max) 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20
Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.) 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85
Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%) 0.40/0.182 0.40/0.18 0.21/0.09 0.27/0.12 0.21/0.09
Drive Size 750 GB 500 GB 500 GB 320 GB 250 GB
Specifications
Model Number1 WD7500BPVX WD5000BPVX WD5000LPVX
WD5000LPCX
WD3200LPVX
WD3200LPCX
WD2500LPVX
WD2500LPCX
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 3 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
(LPVX, LPCX)
SATA 3 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Formatted Capacity2 750,156 MB 500,107 MB 500,107 MB 320,072 MB 250,059 MB
Form factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch 2.5-inch
Advanced Format (AF) Yes Yes No Yes Yes
RoHS Compliant3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Performance
Data transfer rate (max)
Interface speed

6 Gb/s

3 Gb/s

6 Gb/s
(LPVX, LPCX)

3 Gb/s

6 Gb/s
Cache (MB) 8 8 8 (LPVX)
16 (LPCX)
8 (LPVX)
16 (LPCX)
8 (LPVX)
16 (LPCX)
Average latency (ms) 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Rotational Speed (RPM) 5400 5400 5400 5400 5400
Average drive ready time (sec) 3.0 3.0 2.8
(LPVX, LPCX)
4.0 2.8
Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/unload cycles4 600,000
Non-recoverable read errors per bits read <1 in 1014
Limited warranty (years)5 2
Power Management
5VDC ±10% (A, peak) 1.00 1.00 1.00
(LPVX, LPCX)
1.00 1.00
Average power requirements (W) Read/Write: 1.6
Idle: 0.65
Standby: 0.20
Sleep: 0.20
Read/Write: 1.4
Idle: 0.59
Standby: 0.18
Sleep: 0.18
Read/Write: 1.4
Idle: 0.55
Standby: 0.13 (LPVX)
0.16 (LPCX)
Sleep: 0.13 (LPVX)
0.16 (LPCX)
Read/Write: 1.4
Idle: 0.55
Standby: 0.13 (LPVX)
0.16 (LPCX)
Sleep: 0.13 (LPVX)
0.16 (LPCX)
Read/Write: 1.4
Idle: 0.55
Standby: 0.13 (LPVX)
0.16 (LPCX)
Sleep: 0.13 (LPVX)
0.16 (LPCX)
Environmental Specifications6
Operating Temperature 0 to 60° C
Non-operating Temperature -40 to 65° C
Average acoustics (dBA)7
Idle 24 24 17 17 17
Seek (average) 25 25 22 22 22
Physical Dimensions
Height (in./mm, max) 0.374/9.50 0.28/7.0 0.28/7.0 0.28/7.0 0.28/7.0
Length (in./mm, max) 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20 3.94/100.20
Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.) 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85 2.75/69.85
Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%) 0.34/0.15 0.25/0.12 0.20/0.09 0.20/0.09 0.20/0.09

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 SATAIO 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 1, 2006, 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.wdc.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

Showcase:

360° View

Documentation:

Download the WD Blue Mobile Datasheet (PDF).

Download the WD Blue Mobile Specsheet (PDF).