Real World Speed
Performance profile from 163,286 user samples
52 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 463GB free
Worst Bench: 75% 431GB free
Poor: 75% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 979
163,234 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 927GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 17GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
95.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
86.7 % -10%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
172 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
158 MB/s -9%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
160 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
144 MB/s -11%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.69 MB/s -35% 0.93 MB/s Much faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.79 MB/s -24% 2.22 MB/s Faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
142 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
135 MB/s -5%
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
210 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
196 MB/s -7%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
191 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
178 MB/s -7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.88 MB/s -50% 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.14 MB/s -32% 2.83 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
164 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s -9% 0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 3,468,539 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 10 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
28.5 % -75% 49.7 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % -25% 66 % More popular.
Price (score)
$48 +4% $50 -4%
8 Months Hugely more recent.
57 Months -86%
500GB 1TB

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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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