Real World Speed
Performance profile from 51,755 user samples
4,865 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 101% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 63GB free
Poor: 58% Great: 101%
SPEED RANK: 49th / 984
46,890 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 653GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 287GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
85.2 % 86.4 % +1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
152 MB/s 157 MB/s +3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s +1% 144 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s 0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
+49%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.75 MB/s 2.23 MB/s Faster random write.
+27%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s 135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s 0.28 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+17%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
182 MB/s 199 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+9%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
176 MB/s 179 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.74 MB/s 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+78%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.13 MB/s 2.75 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+29%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
152 MB/s 167 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0.37 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+28%
Market Share
Based on 7,810,075 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.12 % 0.97 % Hugely higher market share.
+708%
Value
Value For Money
98.3 % Hugely better value.
+173%
36 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % 70 %
Price
Price (score)
$99 $69 Much cheaper.
+31%
Age
Newest
17 Months Much more recent.
+67%
52 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 1TB
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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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