Real World Speed
Performance profile from 176,715 user samples
21,572 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 113GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 979
155,143 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 836GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.5 % -0% 87.8 % +0%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s -1% 160 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s 0% 146 MB/s 0%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s +1% 0.91 MB/s -1%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s +3% 2.24 MB/s -3%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s -1% 137 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0% 0.29 MB/s 0%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s -2% 202 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s 0% 180 MB/s 0%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.33 MB/s +2% 1.31 MB/s -2%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.83 MB/s 0% 2.83 MB/s 0%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s +1% 165 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s 0% 0.37 MB/s 0%
Market Share
Based on 3,433,017 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.4 % -671% 10.8 % Hugely higher market share.
+671%
Value
Value For Money
35.3 % -43% 50.4 % Much better value.
+43%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
65 % -5% 68 % +5%
Price
Price (score)
$71 -30% $50 Cheaper.
+30%
Age
Newest
41 Months More recent.
+28%
57 Months -28%
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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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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 $310AMD RX 480 $190Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $136
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