Real World Speed
Performance profile from 77,719 user samples
21,634 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 167GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 984
56,085 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 189GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.1 % 91.8 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 162 MB/s +5%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s +1% 158 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.83 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.78 MB/s Much faster random write.
+56%
1.78 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
148 MB/s +3% 144 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+75%
0.2 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
189 MB/s 197 MB/s +4%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+6%
191 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s 1.14 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+11%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.25 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+46%
2.22 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
190 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
179 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+117%
0.24 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,810,075 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.46 % 1.41 % Hugely higher market share.
+207%
Value
Value For Money
45 % 84.3 % Hugely better value.
+87%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % Slightly more popular.
+14%
59 %
Price
Price (score)
$115 $62 Much cheaper.
+46%
Age
Newest
52 Months Slightly more recent.
+15%
61 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 2TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. This model sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and is reasonably power efficient for a 2TB desktop drive consuming just 6.4 Watts when loaded and 5.2 Watts when idle. The DT01ACA200 has impressive performance with peak sequential read/write speeds of 193/182 MB/s and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.16/2.28 MBps. These raw figures produce an effective speed of 141 MBps which ranks the 2TB DT01ACA200 amongst the top handful of 2TB hard drives. Not only is the 2TB DT01ACA200 a great performer but it is also priced aggressively and therefore represents superb value for money for a 2TB capacity drive. Comparing the 2TB and 3TB versions shows that performance is very similar but the 3TB offers 50% more capacity for just 25% more cash which makes the difference between good and great value for money. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 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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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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