Real World Speed
Performance profile from 390,914 user samples
367,549 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 254GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 915GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 984
23,365 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 63GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 53rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.5 % +5% 83.5 % -5%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Faster read speed.
134 MB/s -19%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s -7% 156 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s Faster random read.
0.69 MB/s -29%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.18 MB/s -133% 5.09 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
138 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
123 MB/s -12%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -139% 0.67 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
189 MB/s -5%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s -7% 191 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.91 MB/s -43%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s -102% 5.65 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
155 MB/s -6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -176% 1.02 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 7,204,830 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.1 % Insanely higher market share.
0.33 % -3,267%
Value For Money
51.3 % Much better value.
29.9 % -71%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
74 % More popular.
62 % -19%
Price (score)
$49 Much cheaper.
$80 -39%
67 Months -21% 53 Months More recent.

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 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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2018 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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