Real World Speed
Performance profile from 16,727 user samples
14,666 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 649GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 32nd / 984
2,061 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 66% 3TB free
Poor: 66% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.3 % +1% 88.3 % -1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s -2% 158 MB/s +2%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s +4% 150 MB/s -4%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.77 MB/s Faster random read.
+22%
0.63 MB/s -22%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.76 MB/s Much faster random write.
+54%
1.79 MB/s -54%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
148 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+20%
123 MB/s -20%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.33 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+32%
0.25 MB/s -32%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
190 MB/s +4% 183 MB/s -4%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
202 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+12%
180 MB/s -12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.02 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+36%
0.75 MB/s -36%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.23 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+49%
2.17 MB/s -49%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
188 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+24%
152 MB/s -24%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+79%
0.29 MB/s -79%
Market Share
Based on 5,345,272 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.59 % Hugely higher market share.
+103%
0.29 % -103%
Value
Value For Money
44.2 % -113% 94.1 % Hugely better value.
+113%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
66 % -8% 71 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
Price
Price (score)
$116 -7% $108 Slightly cheaper.
+7%
Age
Newest
47 Months -74% 12 Months Much more recent.
+74%
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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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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