Real World Speed
Performance profile from 213,326 user samples
167,267 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 693GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 426GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 979
46,059 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 41% 323GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 67%
SPEED RANK: 243rd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.1 % Much faster effective speed.
55 % -57%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s Much faster read speed.
98.8 MB/s -58%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s Much faster write speed.
92.9 MB/s -55%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.61 MB/s -46%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.21 MB/s Much faster random write.
1.3 MB/s -70%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
78.6 MB/s -70%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -46% 0.41 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
119 MB/s -64%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
117 MB/s -51%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.86 MB/s -51%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.76 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
1.68 MB/s -64%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
164 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
109 MB/s -50%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.36 MB/s -67% 0.6 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 3,691,820 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.4 % Hugely higher market share.
2.4 % -333%
Value For Money
49.4 % Hugely better value.
18.1 % -173%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % More popular.
55 % -27%
Price (score)
$50 Much cheaper.
$87 -43%
58 Months More recent.
75 Months -23%

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]


The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs 7200.14 shows that the more recent 7200.14 was a huge improvement over the 7200.12. The 7200.12 has average sequential read/write speeds of 97/91 vs 161/155 MB/s on the newer 7200.14. Additionally the small file 4K read/write speeds of 0.62/1.32 are improved upon by over 25% on the newer version. Overall there is no contest between the two drives and considering that they are similarly priced, the newer 7200.14 is the clear winner. The 7200.12 has an effective speed of just 88.4 MB/s which is a whopping 54% below the average of the group leaders[Mar '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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 $330Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $106
Intel Pentium G4560 $60AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $140
Intel Core i5-7600K $229Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $130SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 64GB $35
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $115SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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