Real World Speed
Performance profile from 59,572 user samples
58,638 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 864GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 14GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 46th / 1002
934 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 466GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 296GB free
Poor: 69% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.4 % 90.6 % +5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s 163 MB/s +4%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s 153 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s Much faster random read.
+59%
0.58 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.25 MB/s Much faster random write.
+52%
1.48 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s +5% 129 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+12%
0.26 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s +2% 193 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s 187 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.34 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+65%
0.81 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.78 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+41%
1.97 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
164 MB/s 171 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
0.33 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,216,491 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.89 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,867%
0.03 %
Value
Value For Money
35.2 % 37.7 % Slightly better value.
+7%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % More popular.
+25%
56 %
Price
Price (score)
$70 $34 Much cheaper.
+51%
Age
Newest
55 Months 22 Months Much more recent.
+60%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 500GB
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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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  • 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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