Real World Speed
Performance profile from 204,201 user samples
198,734 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 874GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 979
5,467 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 65% 396GB free
Worst Bench: 39% 153GB free
Poor: 39% Great: 65%
SPEED RANK: 269th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % Much faster effective speed.
52.5 % -67%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s Much faster read speed.
89.3 MB/s -77%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s Much faster write speed.
92.7 MB/s -60%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.53 MB/s -72%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.22 MB/s -90% 4.21 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
138 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
83.3 MB/s -66%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -61% 0.45 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
114 MB/s -74%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
114 MB/s -58%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.74 MB/s -77%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.82 MB/s -101% 5.67 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
168 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
108 MB/s -56%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -105% 0.76 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 4,066,783 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.5 % Insanely higher market share.
0.23 % -4,483%
Value For Money
50.4 % Hugely better value.
13.1 % -284%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % Much more popular.
52 % -37%
Price (score)
$50 Slightly cheaper.
$57 -13%
59 Months -15% 50 Months More recent.
1TB 500GB

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 Laptop Thin (7mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. At less than a year old the Laptop Thin is relatively new, but its performance is unbalanced and favours small file IO. With average sequential speeds of 85 MB/s the Laptop Thin lags the group leaders by over 50% in this area. As a result regular tasks such as copying multimedia files will be relatively slow on this drive. On the other hand, thanks to its 8GB of NAND flash, small file performance is far better and average and lies in the region of 3 MB/s which is a very respectable result. Overall the Laptop Thin's performance profile is skewed heavily towards small file IO. The Thins larger capacity 1TB sibling offers considerably better value for money. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $309Nvidia GTX 1070 $368Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $99
Intel Core i5-7600K $229AMD RX 480 $248Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $132
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $300Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $155
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $136SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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