Real World Speed
Performance profile from 15,493 user samples
8,680 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 495GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 979
6,813 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 40GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 116th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.9 % Faster effective speed.
+26%
69.5 % -26%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s Faster read speed.
+19%
130 MB/s -19%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
151 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+35%
112 MB/s -35%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s -5% 0.82 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+5%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.77 MB/s Faster random write.
+20%
2.31 MB/s -20%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
143 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+35%
106 MB/s -35%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.31 MB/s -35% 0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+35%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
190 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+10%
173 MB/s -10%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
198 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+41%
140 MB/s -41%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s -17% 1.21 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+17%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+15%
2.87 MB/s -15%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
185 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+37%
135 MB/s -37%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.49 MB/s -12% 0.55 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 3,446,272 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.7 % Much higher market share.
+40%
0.5 % -40%
Value
Value For Money
48 % Much better value.
+56%
30.7 % -56%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % More popular.
+19%
53 % -19%
Price
Price (score)
$105 Cheaper.
+19%
$130 -19%
Age
Newest
41 Months Much more recent.
+45%
75 Months -45%
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 FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX model is around 11% faster on average. The main performance improvements are in the area of sequential writes where the newer FZEX is 30% faster (148 vs 114 MB/s). As a new purchase, the FAEX would have to come at a significant discount to the newer FZEX in order to make it worth considering. The FAEX has a reasonably well-rounded performance profile with above average 4K speeds but it's overpriced and lags the group leaders in terms of value for money. [Nov '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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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