Real World Speed
Performance profile from 88,576 user samples
58,102 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 40% 41GB free
Poor: 40% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 258th / 984
30,474 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 656GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 21GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 44th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
54 % -60% 86.4 % Much faster effective speed.
+60%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
97.3 MB/s -61% 157 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+61%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
90.8 MB/s -59% 144 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+59%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.59 MB/s -54% 0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
+54%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.29 MB/s -74% 2.25 MB/s Much faster random write.
+74%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.8 MB/s -74% 134 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+74%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.41 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+46%
0.28 MB/s -46%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
119 MB/s -67% 199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+67%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
116 MB/s -52% 176 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+52%
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
1.65 MB/s -69% 2.79 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+69%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s -51% 165 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+51%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.58 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+57%
0.37 MB/s -57%
Market Share
Based on 5,009,192 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.74 % Much higher market share.
+47%
1.86 % -47%
Value
Value For Money
19.4 % -91% 37 % Hugely better value.
+91%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % -25% 69 % More popular.
+25%
Price
Price (score)
$80 -16% $67 Cheaper.
+16%
Age
Newest
79 Months -42% 46 Months Much more recent.
+42%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs 7200.14 shows that the more recent 7200.14 was a huge improvement over the 7200.12. The 7200.12 has average sequential read/write speeds of 97/91 vs 161/155 MB/s on the newer 7200.14. Additionally the small file 4K read/write speeds of 0.62/1.32 are improved upon by over 25% on the newer version. Overall there is no contest between the two drives and considering that they are similarly priced, the newer 7200.14 is the clear winner. The 7200.12 has an effective speed of just 88.4 MB/s which is a whopping 54% below the average of the group leaders[Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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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) August 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $300Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $265Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $118
Intel Core i5-7600K $220Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $275Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $718SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $57HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $140SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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