Real World Speed
Performance profile from 38,837 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
18,243 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 711GB free
Worst Bench: 40% 294GB free
Poor: 40% Great: 67%
SPEED RANK: 253rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.9 % Much faster effective speed.
54.4 % -65%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s Much faster read speed.
93 MB/s -67%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s Much faster write speed.
95.7 MB/s -65%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.54 MB/s -46%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.72 MB/s -65% 4.48 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
149 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
87.9 MB/s -70%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s -44% 0.49 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
189 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
118 MB/s -60%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
115 MB/s -77%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.74 MB/s -39%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.23 MB/s -77% 5.72 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
189 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
111 MB/s -70%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s -50% 0.78 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 6,565,449 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.53 % Much higher market share.
0.4 % -32%
Value For Money
46.9 % Hugely better value.
20.3 % -131%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % Slightly more popular.
59 % -14%
Price (score)
$110 -30% $77 Much cheaper.
50 Months Slightly more recent.
57 Months -12%

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 Laptop (9.5mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and like its younger sibling (Laptop Thin) comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. Apart from capacity and dimensions the specs for the two siblings are identical. At less than a year old the Laptop SSHD is relatively new, but like its smaller sibling its performance is unbalanced and favours small file IO. With average sequential speeds of 95 MB/s the Laptop SSHD lags the group leaders by over 50% at sequential IO. Small file 4K performance averages around 2 MB/s which is far better. Overall the Seagate Laptop SSHDs performance profile is skewed strongly towards small file IO. This, the 9.5mm 1TB version does represent better value for money than its smaller capacity 500GB sibling but neither of the drives are particularly strong sequential performers. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


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]

How Fast Is Your HDD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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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
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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