Real World Speed
Performance profile from 234,188 user samples
950 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 85GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 100%
SPEED RANK: 63rd / 983
233,238 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 913GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 502GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 983
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
81.9 % -7% 87.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
144 MB/s -12% 161 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
141 MB/s -3% 145 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
2.28 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.89 MB/s -156%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.95 MB/s -12% 2.18 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
132 MB/s -3% 136 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s +4% 0.28 MB/s -4%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
175 MB/s -15% 201 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
175 MB/s -3% 181 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
4.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
1.3 MB/s -248%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s -22% 2.8 MB/s Faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s 0% 167 MB/s 0%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s -6% 0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 4,661,179 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % -31,375% 12.6 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
67.2 % Better value.
53.9 % -25%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % -15% 71 % Slightly more popular.
Price (score)
$140 -67% $47 Much cheaper.
32 Months Much more recent.
61 Months -48%

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) 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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