Real World Speed
Performance profile from 444,264 user samples
435,118 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 928GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 400GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 984
9,146 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 544GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 702GB free
Poor: 69% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.2 % 96.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s 176 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+11%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s 160 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.88 MB/s Much faster random read.
+35%
0.65 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.16 MB/s Much faster random write.
+41%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s 155 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+14%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+40%
0.2 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s 206 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s 187 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+62%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.74 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+50%
1.83 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s 180 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.36 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+44%
0.25 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,805,202 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.3 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,198%
0.45 %
Value
Value For Money
54.1 % 104 % Hugely better value.
+92%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
76 % 82 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
Price
Price (score)
$46 Much cheaper.
+42%
$80
Age
Newest
68 Months 17 Months Much more recent.
+75%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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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 new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88
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