Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,937 user samples
266 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 130% 5.5TB free
Worst Bench: 91% 4TB free
Poor: 91% Great: 130%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 979
8,671 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 495GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
114 % Faster effective speed.
88.4 % -29%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
178 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
156 MB/s -14%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
218 MB/s Much faster write speed.
152 MB/s -43%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
4.45 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.78 MB/s -471%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.73 MB/s -2% 2.78 MB/s +2%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
171 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
144 MB/s -19%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.3 MB/s -3% 0.31 MB/s +3%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
217 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
190 MB/s -14%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
249 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
198 MB/s -26%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
1.03 MB/s -609%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.25 MB/s -1% 3.29 MB/s +1%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
213 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
185 MB/s -15%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.4 MB/s -22% 0.49 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 3,433,017 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.1 % -400% 0.5 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
70.3 % Much better value.
48.3 % -45%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
72 % Slightly more popular.
63 % -14%
Price (score)
$279 -62% $105 Much cheaper.
21 Months Much more recent.
41 Months -49%

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]


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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