Real World Speed
Performance profile from 677,801 user samples
643,107 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 46% 931GB free
Poor: 46% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 79th / 1010
34,694 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 918GB free
Worst Bench: 41% 166GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 85th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
81.4 % +1% 80.7 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
151 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+14%
132 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s 142 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.15 MB/s 1.29 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+12%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.38 MB/s 4.73 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+99%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.1 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+90%
44.8 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.04 MB/s 2.08 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+100%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
133 MB/s 148 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+11%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s +3% 192 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s 199 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s 1.7 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+13%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s 5.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+83%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+37%
80.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s 2.8 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+133%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
181 MB/s 200 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+10%
Market Share
Based on 10,602,265 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.2 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,512%
0.43 %
Value
Value For Money
60.1 % Hugely better value.
+198%
20.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
79 % More popular.
+27%
62 %
Price
Price (score)
$39 Much cheaper.
+66%
$115
Age
Newest
74 Months 60 Months More recent.
+19%
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 ST1000DX001 is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). There is 8GB of MLC NAND flash built into this model which helps facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. The peak sequential read /write speeds of 190 MB/s are around 10% higher than average for a mechanical drive, but no where near typical SSD speeds. We have seen peak 4k write speeds as high as 5.72 MB/s, which is very impressive and to date the highest 4k read speed is 1.24 MB/s which is less impressive but still above average for a top end mechanical drive. The performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are primarily noticeable in the area of small file performance and the Seagate offers only marginally better sequential performance than other mechanical 1TB hard drives. Overall the ST1000DX001 is a very solid performer and bests the group average by 30%. The larger 2TB version (ST2000DX001) has similar performance but represents even better value for money. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $356Nvidia GTX 1070 $380Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $95
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