Real World Speed
Performance profile from 338,548 user samples
14,088 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 43% 3GB free
Poor: 43% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 187th / 984
324,460 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 153GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 34th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
60.3 % 88.3 % Much faster effective speed.
+46%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
110 MB/s 159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+45%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
100 MB/s 149 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+49%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.62 MB/s 0.66 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+6%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.79 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+14%
1.57 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.8 MB/s 134 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+51%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+40%
0.25 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
140 MB/s 195 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+39%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
125 MB/s 184 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+47%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.08 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+6%
1.02 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.26 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+14%
1.99 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s 173 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+41%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.5 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+32%
0.38 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,811,288 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.28 % 6.08 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,071%
Value
Value For Money
30.6 % 60.3 % Hugely better value.
+97%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 77 % Much more popular.
+45%
Price
Price (score)
$56 $42 Cheaper.
+26%
Age
Newest
88 Months 75 Months Slightly more recent.
+15%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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]

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The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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