Real World Speed
Performance profile from 176,435 user samples
496 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 73% 3.5TB free
Poor: 73% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 979
175,939 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 850GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 269GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
91.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
86.7 % -5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
162 MB/s +3% 157 MB/s -3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
145 MB/s -8%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s -38% 0.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
+38%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.84 MB/s -21% 2.22 MB/s Faster random write.
+21%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
129 MB/s -5% 136 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+5%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -12% 0.28 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+12%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
184 MB/s -7% 197 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+7%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s 0% 179 MB/s 0%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.75 MB/s -76% 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+76%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.18 MB/s -29% 2.81 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+29%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
152 MB/s -10% 167 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s -28% 0.37 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+28%
Market Share
Based on 3,727,159 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % -5,250% 10.7 % Insanely higher market share.
+5,250%
Value
Value For Money
105 % Hugely better value.
+110%
49.7 % -110%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % +1% 70 % -1%
Price
Price (score)
$100 -50% $50 Much cheaper.
+50%
Age
Newest
7 Months Hugely more recent.
+88%
58 Months -88%
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 1TB
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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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