Real World Speed
Performance profile from 79,197 user samples
63,176 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 907GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 175GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 49th / 1002
16,021 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 74% 2TB free
Poor: 74% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.1 % 95.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s 175 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+11%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
143 MB/s 157 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s Much faster random read.
+33%
0.67 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.23 MB/s Much faster random write.
+46%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s 154 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+14%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.21 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s 201 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s 184 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+62%
0.81 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.77 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+52%
1.82 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s 178 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+48%
0.25 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,728,895 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.07 % Hugely higher market share.
+110%
0.51 %
Value
Value For Money
34.3 % 102 % Hugely better value.
+199%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % 83 % More popular.
+17%
Price
Price (score)
$72 Slightly cheaper.
+10%
$80
Age
Newest
56 Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+62%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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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 new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 2018 HDD Rankings.

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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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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