Real World Speed
Performance profile from 170,475 user samples
168,332 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 923GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 931GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 44th / 979
2,143 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 900GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.1 % -10% 94.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s -10% 172 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s -10% 159 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+7%
0.85 MB/s -7%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.19 MB/s Much faster random write.
+45%
1.51 MB/s -45%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -1% 136 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s 0% 0.28 MB/s 0%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s -1% 198 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s -4% 186 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+25%
1.05 MB/s -25%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.81 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+59%
1.77 MB/s -59%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s +1% 164 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
0.34 MB/s -9%
Market Share
Based on 3,414,077 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,386%
0.7 % -1,386%
Value
Value For Money
49.5 % -10% 54.5 % Slightly better value.
+10%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % -32% 90 % Much more popular.
+32%
Price
Price (score)
$50 +0% $50 -0%
Age
Newest
57 Months -89% 6 Months Hugely more recent.
+89%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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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 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $310Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330AMD RX 480 $195Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $138
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $177
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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