Real World Speed
Performance profile from 28,185 user samples
14,390 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 384GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 984
13,795 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 74% 930GB free
Poor: 74% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89 % -6% 94 % Slightly faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s -10% 171 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
155 MB/s -1% 157 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s -6% 0.83 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.75 MB/s Much faster random write.
1.55 MB/s -77%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
147 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
136 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.33 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
0.28 MB/s -18%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
189 MB/s -4% 197 MB/s +4%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
201 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
185 MB/s -9%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.02 MB/s -2% 1.04 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.25 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
1.8 MB/s -81%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
187 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
162 MB/s -15%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.51 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
0.34 MB/s -50%
Market Share
Based on 5,009,192 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.88 % -81% 1.59 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
47.3 % -27% 60 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
66 % -41% 93 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$108 -58% $45 Much cheaper.
46 Months -76% 11 Months Much more recent.

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]


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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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