Real World Speed
Performance profile from 96,198 user samples
45,547 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 230GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 984
50,651 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 924GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 2GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.1 % -3% 88.3 % +3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s -3% 159 MB/s +3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s -3% 149 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
+44%
0.63 MB/s -44%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.26 MB/s Much faster random write.
+49%
1.52 MB/s -49%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -2% 138 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+16%
0.25 MB/s -16%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s -1% 198 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s -3% 184 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+40%
0.94 MB/s -40%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.78 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+53%
1.82 MB/s -53%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s -7% 176 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -3% 0.38 MB/s +3%
Market Share
Based on 6,569,213 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.14 % -1% 1.15 % +1%
Value
Value For Money
35.3 % -191% 103 % Hugely better value.
+191%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % +4% 67 % -4%
Price
Price (score)
$70 Slightly cheaper.
+5%
$74 -5%
Age
Newest
50 Months Much more recent.
+33%
75 Months -33%
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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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 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 $308Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $285AMD RX 480 $265Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $114
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $140
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $205SanDisk Extreme 64GB $41
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $1,050SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $215SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $10
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