Real World Speed
Performance profile from 75,023 user samples
13,174 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 49% 573GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 136th / 1002
61,849 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 2.5TB free
Poor: 61% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
69.8 % 87.4 % Faster effective speed.
+25%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
130 MB/s 158 MB/s Faster read speed.
+22%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s 147 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.82 MB/s Faster random read.
+26%
0.65 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.29 MB/s Much faster random write.
+56%
1.47 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
107 MB/s 134 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+25%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+75%
0.24 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s 198 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+19%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
141 MB/s 183 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.21 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+25%
0.97 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+66%
1.75 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s 173 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.55 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+49%
0.37 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 8,817,813 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.18 % 0.85 % Hugely higher market share.
+372%
Value
Value For Money
35.8 % 95.4 % Hugely better value.
+167%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 67 % More popular.
+29%
Price
Price (score)
$112 $79 Cheaper.
+30%
Age
Newest
88 Months 79 Months Slightly more recent.
+10%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 3TB
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013).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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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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