Real World Speed
Performance profile from 278,911 user samples
277,533 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 622GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 285GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 984
1,378 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 0GB free
Poor: 53% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 79th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+13%
77.2 % -13%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Faster read speed.
+16%
137 MB/s -16%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+11%
132 MB/s -11%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s +5% 0.85 MB/s -5%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.19 MB/s Faster random write.
+16%
1.88 MB/s -16%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+11%
123 MB/s -11%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.21 MB/s -33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
170 MB/s -16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
164 MB/s -10%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+15%
1.13 MB/s -15%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.83 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+26%
2.24 MB/s -26%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s +3% 161 MB/s -3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
0.24 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 5,360,312 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.9 % Insanely higher market share.
+21,680%
0.05 % -21,680%
Value
Value For Money
53.1 % -23% 65.2 % Better value.
+23%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % More popular.
+20%
59 % -20%
Price
Price (score)
$47 Much cheaper.
+65%
$136 -65%
Age
Newest
63 Months -29% 45 Months More recent.
+29%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 4TB
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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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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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Intel Core i7-7700K $325Nvidia GTX 1070 $400Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $270AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $119
Intel Core i5-7600K $210Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $265Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
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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 $57HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $144SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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