Real World Speed
Performance profile from 55,256 user samples
41,870 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 923GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 265GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 984
13,386 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 18GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.4 % -3% 88.6 % +3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s -1% 158 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s -5% 151 MB/s +5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+8%
0.84 MB/s -8%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.24 MB/s Faster random write.
+25%
1.79 MB/s -25%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -4% 141 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+40%
0.2 MB/s -40%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s +1% 195 MB/s -1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s -7% 191 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.33 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+18%
1.13 MB/s -18%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.81 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+25%
2.25 MB/s -25%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s -8% 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.
+54%
0.24 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 6,255,543 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.18 % Hugely higher market share.
+151%
0.47 % -151%
Value
Value For Money
38.1 % -180% 107 % Hugely better value.
+180%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % More popular.
+17%
60 % -17%
Price
Price (score)
$65 Slightly cheaper.
+9%
$72 -9%
Age
Newest
49 Months More recent.
+16%
58 Months -16%
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 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle power draw of 6.4/5.2 Watts. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 197/183 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.17/2.19 Mbps the 3TB DT01ACA300 achieves an effective speed of 143 MBps which places the DT01ACA300 amongst the top handful of 3TB drives. Pricing of the DT01ACA300 is also very aggressive which makes the DT01ACA300 a superb value proposition. Comparing the DT01ACA300 and Barracuda shows that the DT01ACA300 is marginally faster but also slightly more expensive. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) November 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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