Real World Speed
Performance profile from 34,744 user samples
33,335 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 856GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 900GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 45th / 984
1,409 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 0GB free
Poor: 53% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 77th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
85.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
77.5 % -10%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+14%
137 MB/s -14%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
142 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
133 MB/s -7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+7%
0.85 MB/s -7%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.21 MB/s Faster random write.
+18%
1.88 MB/s -18%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
133 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
123 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.21 MB/s -33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+15%
169 MB/s -15%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
163 MB/s -9%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.32 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+17%
1.13 MB/s -17%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.77 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+23%
2.25 MB/s -23%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
163 MB/s +1% 161 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
0.24 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 5,418,960 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.18 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,867%
0.06 % -1,867%
Value
Value For Money
36.8 % -77% 65.4 % Much better value.
+77%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % More popular.
+15%
60 % -15%
Price
Price (score)
$67 Much cheaper.
+51%
$136 -51%
Age
Newest
47 Months -4% 45 Months +4%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 4TB
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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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The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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 $295Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $97
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $270AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i5-7600K $210Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $95Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $724SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $152SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $56HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $141SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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