Real World Speed
Performance profile from 12,440 user samples
9,984 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 43% 18GB free
Poor: 43% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 186th / 984
2,456 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 102% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 7GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 102%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
60.1 % -45% 86.9 % Much faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
110 MB/s -41% 155 MB/s Much faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
99.2 MB/s -49% 148 MB/s Much faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s -2% 0.62 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.78 MB/s +1% 1.77 MB/s -1%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87 MB/s -44% 125 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
0.24 MB/s -46%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
141 MB/s -29% 182 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
126 MB/s -40% 177 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.97 MB/s Faster peak random read.
0.75 MB/s -29%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.24 MB/s +5% 2.14 MB/s -5%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s -24% 152 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.5 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
0.29 MB/s -72%
Market Share
Based on 5,755,811 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.18 % -28% 0.23 % Higher market share.
Value For Money
30.5 % -244% 105 % Hugely better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % -37% 71 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$56 Much cheaper.
$95 -41%
84 Months -85% 13 Months Hugely more recent.

The WD Blue EALX (2010) is sold as an all round desktop drive. This model is nearly four years old now and can't compete against the newer competition. WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX. Comparing the EALX and EZEX reveals that the newer EZEX drive is approximately 30% faster yet both drives still retail for almost the same price. With average sequential read/write speeds of 109/97 MB/s the EALX lags the group leaders by 40%. Average small file 4K performance clocks in at 0.67/1.85 MB/s which is again around 40% slower than the top ten group leaders. With an effective speed of just 102 MB/s the 2010 WD Blue lags its peers by 34%. There are both cheaper and faster alternatives available elsewhere. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 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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