Real World Speed
Performance profile from 42,712 user samples
345 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 463GB free
Worst Bench: 70% 433GB free
Poor: 70% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 17th / 984
42,367 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 909GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 802GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 44th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
92.6 % Slightly faster effective speed.
86.1 % -8%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
157 MB/s -6%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
143 MB/s -9%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s -49% 0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.55 MB/s -46% 2.27 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s 0% 135 MB/s 0%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -12% 0.28 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s +1% 196 MB/s -1%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
190 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
178 MB/s -7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.84 MB/s -57% 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.07 MB/s -36% 2.82 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
173 MB/s +5% 165 MB/s -5%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.33 MB/s -12% 0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 6,223,049 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % -6,600% 1.34 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
28.9 % -22% 35.3 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % -25% 70 % More popular.
Price (score)
$46 Much cheaper.
$70 -34%
16 Months Much more recent.
49 Months -67%
500GB 1TB

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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) November 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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