Real World Speed
Performance profile from 74,508 user samples
8,592 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 854GB free
Worst Bench: 47% 913GB free (System drive)
Poor: 47% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 58th / 1010
65,916 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 51% 392GB free
Poor: 51% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 78th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
85.4 % +4% 82.1 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
134 MB/s 151 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
152 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+9%
139 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.19 MB/s 1.21 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.79 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+96%
2.45 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
31.8 MB/s 87 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+174%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.95 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+81%
1.08 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
163 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+22%
134 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
194 MB/s 198 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
206 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+16%
177 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.32 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+83%
2.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
71.6 MB/s 111 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+55%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
2.2 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+83%
1.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
206 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+16%
177 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 10,104,050 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.3 % 1.1 % Hugely higher market share.
+267%
Value
Value For Money
35 % 36.2 % +3%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % 72 % More popular.
+16%
Price
Price (score)
$70 $65 Slightly cheaper.
+7%
Age
Newest
22 Months Much more recent.
+61%
57 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 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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We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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