Real World Speed
Performance profile from 28,526 user samples
6,257 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 74% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 43% 518GB free
Poor: 43% Great: 74%
SPEED RANK: 184th / 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
60.2 % -45% 87.5 % Much faster effective speed.
+45%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
110 MB/s -45% 159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+45%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
99.7 MB/s -46% 146 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+46%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.6 MB/s -55% 0.93 MB/s Much faster random read.
+55%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.77 MB/s -30% 2.3 MB/s Faster random write.
+30%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.9 MB/s -57% 136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+57%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+21%
0.29 MB/s -21%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
139 MB/s -44% 200 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+44%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
126 MB/s -42% 179 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+42%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s -49% 1.33 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+49%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.25 MB/s -25% 2.82 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+25%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
122 MB/s -37% 167 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+37%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.5 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+35%
0.37 MB/s -35%
Market Share
Based on 3,446,272 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.4 % -250% 1.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+250%
Value
Value For Money
27 % -31% 35.3 % Much better value.
+31%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % -25% 66 % More popular.
+25%
Price
Price (score)
$64 Slightly cheaper.
+10%
$71 -10%
Age
Newest
77 Months -47% 41 Months Much more recent.
+47%
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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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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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]

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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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