Real World Speed
Performance profile from 49,560 user samples
9,817 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 42% 907GB free
Poor: 42% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 186th / 984
39,743 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 2TB free
Poor: 64% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 27th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
60.1 % -49% 89.7 % Much faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
110 MB/s -48% 163 MB/s Much faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
99.2 MB/s -51% 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.59 MB/s -12% 0.66 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.78 MB/s Faster random write.
1.53 MB/s -16%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
84.9 MB/s -63% 138 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
139 MB/s -43% 199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
125 MB/s -48% 185 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s -14% 0.98 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.27 MB/s Faster peak random write.
1.82 MB/s -25%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
124 MB/s -41% 175 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.5 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
0.38 MB/s -32%
Market Share
Based on 5,419,229 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.27 % -359% 1.24 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
30.3 % -305% 123 % Hugely better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % -29% 67 % More popular.
Price (score)
$57 Slightly cheaper.
$63 -10%
83 Months -13% 72 Months Slightly 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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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]


This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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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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.

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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $295Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $97
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $270AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i5-7600K $210Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $95Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $724SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $152SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $56HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $141SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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