Real World Speed
Performance profile from 110,982 user samples
33,335 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 856GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 900GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 45th / 984
77,647 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% 929GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 154GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 51st / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
85.5 % +1% 84.3 % -1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+5%
148 MB/s -5%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
142 MB/s -3% 146 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
+78%
0.51 MB/s -78%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.21 MB/s Much faster random write.
+39%
1.59 MB/s -39%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
133 MB/s +1% 132 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+65%
0.17 MB/s -65%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+9%
179 MB/s -9%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s -2% 182 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+74%
0.76 MB/s -74%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.77 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+39%
1.99 MB/s -39%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
163 MB/s -7% 175 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+68%
0.22 MB/s -68%
Market Share
Based on 5,419,101 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.18 % -190% 3.42 % Hugely higher market share.
+190%
Value
Value For Money
36.8 % -59% 58.5 % Much better value.
+59%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % Slightly more popular.
+13%
61 % -13%
Price
Price (score)
$67 -38% $41 Much cheaper.
+38%
Age
Newest
47 Months More recent.
+16%
56 Months -16%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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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 1TB Toshiba DT01ACA100 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. With a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and peak/idle power consumption of 6.4/3.7 Watts the DT01ACA100 is a reasonably power efficient desktop drive. The DT01ACA100 has peak sequential read/write speeds of 175 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 0.76/2.06 MBps. These figures produce an overall effective speed of 132 MBps which places it around the middle of the 1TB pack in terms of typical consumer performance. The larger capacity variants of this drive are both faster and offer better value for money[Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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 $295Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $97
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