Real World Speed
Performance profile from 494,562 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
481,388 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 892GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 140GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
69.8 % 88.7 % Faster effective speed.
+27%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
130 MB/s 161 MB/s Faster read speed.
+24%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s 148 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+31%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.82 MB/s 0.91 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+11%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.29 MB/s +3% 2.23 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
107 MB/s 139 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+30%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+50%
0.28 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s 199 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+19%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
141 MB/s 182 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+29%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.21 MB/s 1.31 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+8%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s +2% 2.85 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s 166 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
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 8,823,739 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.19 % 11 % Insanely higher market share.
+5,695%
Value
Value For Money
35.8 % 60.6 % Much better value.
+69%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 77 % Much more popular.
+48%
Price
Price (score)
$112 $42 Much cheaper.
+62%
Age
Newest
88 Months 70 Months More recent.
+20%
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013).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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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) 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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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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