Real World Speed
Performance profile from 51,075 user samples
41,349 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 681GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 227GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 984
9,726 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 70% 1.5TB free
Poor: 70% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % +0% 87.8 % -0%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Faster read speed.
137 MB/s -16%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s -14% 168 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.93 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.65 MB/s -43%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.27 MB/s -116% 4.91 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
128 MB/s -6%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s -121% 0.64 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s +1% 194 MB/s -1%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
181 MB/s -8% 196 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.33 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.79 MB/s -68%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s -93% 5.41 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
158 MB/s -6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -130% 0.85 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 7,204,830 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.6 % Hugely higher market share.
0.55 % -191%
Value For Money
34.5 % -46% 50.4 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % Slightly more popular.
62 % -13%
Price (score)
$73 Cheaper.
$100 -27%
51 Months -69% 16 Months Much more recent.

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]


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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