Real World Speed
Performance profile from 299,327 user samples
12,117 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 48% 2TB free
Poor: 48% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 118th / 984
287,210 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 288GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 341GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
69.8 % 89.4 % Faster effective speed.
+28%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
130 MB/s 162 MB/s Faster read speed.
+25%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+33%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.83 MB/s Faster random read.
+24%
0.67 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.33 MB/s Much faster random write.
+46%
1.6 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
104 MB/s 136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+31%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.43 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+65%
0.26 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
169 MB/s 197 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+17%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
142 MB/s 185 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+20%
1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.02 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+52%
1.99 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s 176 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+28%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.56 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+51%
0.37 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,726,217 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.52 % 5.85 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,025%
Value
Value For Money
29.1 % 46.8 % Much better value.
+61%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 77 % Much more popular.
+51%
Price
Price (score)
$138 $55 Much cheaper.
+60%
Age
Newest
86 Months 75 Months Slightly more recent.
+13%
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013).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 Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 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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Group Test Results

  • 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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