Real World Speed
Performance profile from 55,726 user samples
28,955 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 142GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 46th / 1010
26,771 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 383GB free
Worst Bench: 47% 926GB free (System drive)
Poor: 47% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 67th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87 % +4% 83.8 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
136 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+11%
141 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s 1.15 MB/s Faster random read.
+26%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.98 MB/s 4.85 MB/s Much faster random write.
+63%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.5 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+109%
40.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.97 MB/s 1.95 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+101%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
149 MB/s 155 MB/s +4%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
192 MB/s 193 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
204 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+6%
193 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+36%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.5 MB/s 5.4 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+54%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
105 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+40%
74.8 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 2.6 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+136%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
195 MB/s 202 MB/s +4%
Market Share
Based on 10,114,673 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.51 % Higher market share.
+27%
0.4 %
Value
Value For Money
44 % 65.8 % Much better value.
+50%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % Slightly more popular.
+11%
64 %
Price
Price (score)
$114 $73 Much cheaper.
+36%
Age
Newest
57 Months +3% 59 Months
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) July 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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