Real World Speed
Performance profile from 23,679 user samples
21,873 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 195GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 984
1,806 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 3.5TB free
Poor: 53% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 89th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.3 % Faster effective speed.
+18%
75.8 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+15%
134 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
157 MB/s Faster write speed.
+21%
130 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s 0.84 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+6%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.75 MB/s Much faster random write.
+49%
1.85 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
146 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+22%
120 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+62%
0.21 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
188 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+11%
169 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+27%
160 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s 1.15 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+12%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.24 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+45%
2.23 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
189 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+18%
160 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+117%
0.24 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,861,115 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.44 % Hugely higher market share.
+1,000%
0.04 %
Value
Value For Money
44.6 % 58 % Much better value.
+30%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
60 %
Price
Price (score)
$115 Cheaper.
+23%
$150
Age
Newest
52 Months 50 Months +4%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 4TB
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This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '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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