Real World Speed
Performance profile from 191,159 user samples
184,663 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 33GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 979
6,496 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 137GB free
Poor: 54% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 81st / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+12%
77.4 % -12%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+12%
141 MB/s -12%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+12%
129 MB/s -12%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
+57%
0.58 MB/s -57%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.21 MB/s Much faster random write.
+61%
1.37 MB/s -61%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+12%
120 MB/s -12%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+47%
0.19 MB/s -47%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+12%
177 MB/s -12%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
165 MB/s -9%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+73%
0.75 MB/s -73%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+41%
1.99 MB/s -41%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+9%
152 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+42%
0.26 MB/s -42%
Market Share
Based on 3,768,567 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.8 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,060%
0.5 % -2,060%
Value
Value For Money
53.4 % -44% 76.7 % Much better value.
+44%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % More popular.
+28%
54 % -28%
Price
Price (score)
$47 Much cheaper.
+60%
$116 -60%
Age
Newest
58 Months -14% 50 Months Slightly more recent.
+14%
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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This is Seagate's most recent hard drive and their first 4TB consumer offering. With a rotational speed of just 5,900 RPM it's significantly slower than the 7,200 RPM Barracudas that it supersedes. The lower rotational speed results in approximately 10% slower sequential transfer speeds and longer access times which make this drive less suitable for use as a system drive. With peak 4k read/write speeds of 0.76/1.2 MB/s the 4TB HDD.15 lags the group leaders significantly. The HDD.15 is a far better candidate for use in a NAS (Network Attached Storage) where factors such as power consumption and cost per GB are more important than outright speeds. To conclude, the HDD.15 has a relatively disappointing small file 4K performance profile but it does offer a huge amount of storage at a very competitive price which makes it a good candidate for use in a NAS. [Aug '13 HDrivePro]

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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 $300AMD RX 480 $238Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
Intel Core i5-7600K $229Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $319Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $146
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $48Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
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