Real World Speed
Performance profile from 69,766 user samples
21,634 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 167GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 984
48,132 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 704GB free
Worst Bench: 72% 599GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.1 % 93.2 % +3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 170 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s +3% 155 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.82 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.78 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+83%
1.52 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
148 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+10%
134 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
189 MB/s 196 MB/s +4%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
186 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s 1.03 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.25 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+81%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
190 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+16%
164 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+58%
0.33 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,805,494 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.46 % 2.31 % Hugely higher market share.
+402%
Value
Value For Money
45 % 59.6 % Much better value.
+32%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % 100 % Much more popular.
+49%
Price
Price (score)
$115 $45 Much cheaper.
+61%
Age
Newest
52 Months 17 Months Much more recent.
+67%
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) 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88
Intel Core i7-7700K $290Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $285Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $170AMD RX 480 $400Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $139
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $185SanDisk Extreme 64GB $50
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $975SanDisk Extreme 32GB $23
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $206SanDisk Extreme 16GB $18
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