Real World Speed
Performance profile from 57,660 user samples
40,552 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 793GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 642GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 43rd / 984
17,108 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 343GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.7 % -2% 88.7 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s +1% 155 MB/s -1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s -6% 154 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Faster random read.
+15%
0.78 MB/s -15%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.25 MB/s -24% 2.79 MB/s Faster random write.
+24%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -8% 146 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -18% 0.33 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+18%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s +3% 190 MB/s -3%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s -13% 203 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+13%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.32 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
1.04 MB/s -27%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s -15% 3.23 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+15%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
164 MB/s -14% 187 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+14%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -41% 0.52 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+41%
Market Share
Based on 5,774,600 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.2 % Hugely higher market share.
+103%
0.59 % -103%
Value
Value For Money
38.3 % -11% 42.4 % Slightly better value.
+11%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % +3% 67 % -3%
Price
Price (score)
$65 Much cheaper.
+46%
$120 -46%
Age
Newest
48 Months 0% 48 Months 0%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 2TB
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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 is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 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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