Model Number: WD5003AZEX
Web Code: 10433333



WD Black WD5003AZEX 500 GB Hard Drive - SATA (SATA/600) - 3.5" Drive - Internal
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WD Black WD5003AZEX 500 GB Hard Drive - SATA (SATA/600) - 3.5" Drive - Internal

WD Black WD5003AZEX 500 GB Hard Drive - SATA (SATA/600) - 3.5" Drive - Internal - 7200rpm - 64 MB Buffer - 5 Year Warranty


Storage Drive Type
Solid State Drive
Internal or External
Form Factor
2.5 in
PC/Mac Compatibility


500 GB
Rotations Per Minute (RPM)
7200 rpm


System Requirements
Operating System(s):Windows 7 Windows Vista Mac OS


Seller's Warranty - Parts
1 Year
Seller's Warranty - Labour
1 Year

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Reviewer Recommendation


Of the 13 reviewers who responded, 13 would recommend this product.

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  • No Relevant Documentation
    Reviewed by tickedoff - September 5, 2021

    I have been search for basic installation information and documentation that is current with the drive that I bought. Seems that documentation and simple installation instructions has been over looked. Not all of us are computer geeks... really missed the mark WD. Something as simple as a QR Code on the drive to take a person to simple instructions with illustrations. And if you do have.... nowhere to be found.

    Review originally posted on Western Digital

  • Looks different
    Reviewed by B.K. - August 31, 2021

    I ordered a 4 TB version of the hdd (WD4005FZBX). It is what it is, but it looks totally different from the appearance on the pictures (just a metallic cover with a sticker on it). Maybe I am missing something but I don't really understand it, did it change since then or how can this happen? Quality wise everything is all right, but still it is quite disappointing. Thanks!

    Review originally posted on Western Digital

  • Awesome drive
    Verified BuyerReviewed by Jared - November 7, 2014

    This was my first time doing anything hardware related to my computer and this was very easy to install. Western Digital provides very detailed steps about how to install this drive and it worked out great. Some people say it is noisy but I haven't noticed any issues with it.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Great Hard Drive Replacement
    Verified BuyerReviewed by BigZ - March 7, 2015

    I replaced my WD5000AAKX "Blue" 500 Gb drives with WDWD5003AZEX "Black" 500 Gb drives and got a significant increase in speed during booting and normal operation. The increase from 16Mb to 64Mb of cache really helped speed things up.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Exactly what I needed
    Verified BuyerReviewed by Dav456 - October 11, 2014

    Drive had no files on it, just a plain empty drive. Installed in the tower easily and reacted to loading files without problems. One reason for the purchase is the reliability of WD Black drives.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

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