Real World Speed
Performance profile from 64,925 user samples
62,813 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 46% 328GB free (System drive)
Poor: 46% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 88th / 1010
2,112 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 102% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 55% 1TB free (System drive)
Poor: 55% Great: 102%
SPEED RANK: 80th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
80.4 % 81.7 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
148 MB/s +3% 143 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
138 MB/s 141 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s 2.48 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+107%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.43 MB/s Faster random write.
+23%
1.98 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.8 MB/s 113 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+32%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.07 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+138%
0.45 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
131 MB/s 142 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+8%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+11%
180 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s +2% 175 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s 5.47 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+265%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+21%
2.4 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s 163 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+47%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s 1.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s 185 MB/s +3%
Market Share
Based on 10,074,020 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.01 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,267%
0.03 %
Value
Value For Money
33 % 89.4 % Hugely better value.
+171%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
72 % More popular.
+16%
62 %
Price
Price (score)
$70 Much cheaper.
+33%
$105
Age
Newest
57 Months 44 Months More recent.
+23%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 4TB
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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) July 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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