Real World Speed
Performance profile from 22,632 user samples
363 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 128% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 86% 1GB free
Poor: 86% Great: 128%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 979
22,269 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 887GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 113GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
110 % Faster effective speed.
+26%
87.5 % -26%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
168 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
159 MB/s -6%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
215 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+47%
146 MB/s -47%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
4.02 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+332%
0.93 MB/s -332%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.71 MB/s Faster random write.
+18%
2.3 MB/s -18%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
160 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+18%
136 MB/s -18%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.31 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+7%
0.29 MB/s -7%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
211 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
200 MB/s -6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
248 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+39%
179 MB/s -39%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.25 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+445%
1.33 MB/s -445%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.28 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+16%
2.82 MB/s -16%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
203 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+22%
167 MB/s -22%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.4 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+8%
0.37 MB/s -8%
Market Share
Based on 3,464,916 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.1 % -1,200% 1.3 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,200%
Value
Value For Money
71.9 % Hugely better value.
+115%
33.5 % -115%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % -27% 66 % More popular.
+27%
Price
Price (score)
$220 -66% $75 Much cheaper.
+66%
Age
Newest
21 Months Much more recent.
+49%
41 Months -49%
Capacity
Capacity
5TB 1TB
ADVERTISEMENT

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]

MORE DETAILS

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]

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.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - 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 userbenchmark.com.
  • - 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.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-7700K $310Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
Intel Core i5-7600K $215AMD RX 480 $205Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $138
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $328Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $113SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $125SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
Today's hottest deals
User Guide  •  About  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback