Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,878 user samples
6,794 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 40GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 118th / 979
2,084 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 900GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
69.2 % -37% 94.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+37%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
130 MB/s -32% 172 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+32%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
111 MB/s -43% 159 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+43%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.82 MB/s -4% 0.85 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s Much faster random write.
+52%
1.51 MB/s -52%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
105 MB/s -30% 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+30%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.41 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+46%
0.28 MB/s -46%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
171 MB/s -16% 198 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s -32% 185 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+32%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
1.05 MB/s -14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.86 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+62%
1.77 MB/s -62%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -22% 165 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+22%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.55 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+62%
0.34 MB/s -62%
Market Share
Based on 3,405,604 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.4 % -75% 0.7 % Much higher market share.
+75%
Value
Value For Money
30.6 % -78% 54.5 % Much better value.
+78%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % -70% 90 % Much more popular.
+70%
Price
Price (score)
$130 -62% $50 Much cheaper.
+62%
Age
Newest
75 Months -92% 6 Months Hugely more recent.
+92%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX model is around 11% faster on average. The main performance improvements are in the area of sequential writes where the newer FZEX is 30% faster (148 vs 114 MB/s). As a new purchase, the FAEX would have to come at a significant discount to the newer FZEX in order to make it worth considering. The FAEX has a reasonably well-rounded performance profile with above average 4K speeds but it's overpriced and lags the group leaders in terms of value for money. [Nov '12 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 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]

How Fast Is Your HDD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
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  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $195Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $138
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $650SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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