Real World Speed
Performance profile from 95,923 user samples
28,725 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 770GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 333GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 1002
67,198 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 840GB free
Worst Bench: 72% 295GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 19th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
91.6 % 92.6 % +1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s 168 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
161 MB/s +4% 155 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s 0.81 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.77 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+81%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
151 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+12%
135 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+30%
0.27 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
192 MB/s 196 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
184 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s 1.04 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.23 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+79%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
190 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+15%
165 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.54 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+59%
0.34 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,728,895 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.52 % 2.93 % Hugely higher market share.
+463%
Value
Value For Money
45.7 % 60.9 % Much better value.
+33%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % 103 % Much more popular.
+47%
Price
Price (score)
$115 $44 Much cheaper.
+62%
Age
Newest
56 Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+62%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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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 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) June 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $347Nvidia GTX 1070 $413Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $160Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $270Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $125
Intel Core i5-8600K $239AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $177SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $911SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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