Real World Speed
Performance profile from 32,094 user samples
9,563 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 67% 596GB free
Poor: 67% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 979
22,531 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 739GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 260GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 43rd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.6 % +2% 86.1 % -2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s -2% 157 MB/s +2%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
151 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
143 MB/s -6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.77 MB/s -14% 0.88 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+14%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s Faster random write.
+25%
2.24 MB/s -25%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
143 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
133 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.31 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+11%
0.28 MB/s -11%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
189 MB/s -5% 199 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
198 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+12%
177 MB/s -12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.02 MB/s -28% 1.31 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+28%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+19%
2.77 MB/s -19%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
185 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+13%
163 MB/s -13%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.49 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+32%
0.37 MB/s -32%
Market Share
Based on 3,787,816 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.6 % -100% 1.2 % Hugely higher market share.
+100%
Value
Value For Money
41.9 % Better value.
+27%
33 % -27%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % -2% 64 % +2%
Price
Price (score)
$120 -38% $75 Much cheaper.
+38%
Age
Newest
43 Months 0% 43 Months 0%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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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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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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