Real World Speed
Performance profile from 29,451 user samples
135 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 463GB free
Worst Bench: 71% 181GB free
Poor: 71% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 983
29,316 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 296GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 983
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
92.6 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
87.2 % -6%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
158 MB/s -6%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
146 MB/s -7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s -48% 0.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
+48%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.61 MB/s -40% 2.25 MB/s Much faster random write.
+40%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
133 MB/s -2% 136 MB/s +2%
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
203 MB/s +2% 200 MB/s -2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+5%
179 MB/s -5%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s -52% 1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+52%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.1 MB/s -35% 2.83 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+35%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
176 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
166 MB/s -6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s -9% 0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
Market Share
Based on 4,661,179 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % -3,100% 1.28 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,100%
Value
Value For Money
28.9 % -23% 35.7 % Better value.
+23%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % -25% 69 % More popular.
+25%
Price
Price (score)
$46 Much cheaper.
+34%
$70 -34%
Age
Newest
12 Months Much more recent.
+73%
45 Months -73%
Capacity
Capacity
500GB 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) July 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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