Real World Speed
Performance profile from 41,122 user samples
20,594 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 1.5TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 25th / 984
20,528 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 1TB free
Poor: 64% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 52nd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
83.5 % -8%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+15%
135 MB/s -15%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s +2% 155 MB/s -2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s Faster random read.
+27%
0.62 MB/s -27%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.72 MB/s -86% 5.05 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+86%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
149 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+21%
123 MB/s -21%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s -76% 0.6 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+76%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
189 MB/s -1% 191 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+5%
193 MB/s -5%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+29%
0.8 MB/s -29%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.23 MB/s -73% 5.59 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+73%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
189 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
156 MB/s -21%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s -62% 0.84 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+62%
Market Share
Based on 6,565,449 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.53 % Higher market share.
+23%
0.43 % -23%
Value
Value For Money
46.9 % -14% 53.2 % Slightly better value.
+14%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % Slightly more popular.
+6%
63 % -6%
Price
Price (score)
$110 -18% $90 Cheaper.
+18%
Age
Newest
50 Months +4% 52 Months -4%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 2TB
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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 Seagate Desktop SSHD is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). The 8GBs of MLC NAND flash built into this model help facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. Peak sequential read/write speeds are above average at 190 MB/s. The 2TB SSHD has consistently demonstrated class leading 4k random write speeds in the region of 5.0 MB/s. 4K read speeds are in the region of 0.7-0.9 MB/s which is well above average, but not record breaking. Overall the performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are very noticeable in the area of small file 4K performance where the SSHD dominates the competition. In terms of sequential speeds, the Seagate also offers better average sequential performance than most mechanical 2TB hard drives. From a value for money perspective, the 2TB SSHD is well above average, it has a brilliant 4k performance profile, strong sequential speeds and only a slightly above average price. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $285AMD RX 480 $265Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $135
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $114
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $205SanDisk Extreme 64GB $41
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $1,050SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $215SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $10
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