Real World Speed
Performance profile from 78,359 user samples
40,191 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 681GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 64GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 984
38,168 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 288GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 134th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % Much faster effective speed.
66.9 % -31%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
108 MB/s -47%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s Faster write speed.
125 MB/s -18%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.93 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.62 MB/s -50%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.27 MB/s -0% 2.28 MB/s +0%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
103 MB/s -33%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s -62% 0.47 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
136 MB/s -46%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
156 MB/s -15%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.33 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.86 MB/s -55%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.76 MB/s -15% 3.18 MB/s Faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
139 MB/s -20%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -73% 0.64 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 7,213,817 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.12 % Much higher market share.
0.8 % -40%
Value For Money
36.5 % Much better value.
25.4 % -44%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % More popular.
55 % -27%
Price (score)
$69 Slightly cheaper.
$76 -9%
51 Months Much more recent.
99 Months -48%

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]


The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is over four years old and one of the oldest drives that we have included in our group tests. The reason for its inclusion is that it was once one of the best hard drives available and we have seen more user benchmarks for this drive than any other. The price of this drive has fluctuated significantly over its epic four year life span and current prices do not reflect the great value for money that this drive once represented. In today's market the F3 struggles to keep up with the group leaders both in terms of performance and price. With an effective speed rating of 116 MB/s the F3 is one of the slowest 1TB drives in our group test. There are clearly newer and better alternatives available at this time. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2018 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 i5-7600K $210AMD RX 480 $400Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $110
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