Real World Speed
Performance profile from 155,936 user samples
8,911 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 66% 251GB free
Poor: 66% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 979
147,025 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 751GB free
Worst Bench: 67% 384GB free
Poor: 67% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 32nd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89 % +0% 88.9 % -0%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s -2% 160 MB/s +2%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
153 MB/s +2% 150 MB/s -2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
0.68 MB/s -15%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.79 MB/s Much faster random write.
1.62 MB/s -72%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
145 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
132 MB/s -10%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.31 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
0.26 MB/s -19%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
191 MB/s -2% 195 MB/s +2%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
199 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
185 MB/s -8%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s 0% 1.03 MB/s 0%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
2.04 MB/s -62%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
186 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
170 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.49 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
0.38 MB/s -29%
Market Share
Based on 3,465,035 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.7 % -986% 7.6 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
41.2 % -24% 51 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % -24% 78 % More popular.
Price (score)
$124 -60% $50 Much cheaper.
41 Months Much more recent.
64 Months -36%

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 Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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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