Real World Speed
Performance profile from 571,485 user samples
559,903 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 879GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 473GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 1002
11,582 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 64% 770GB free
Worst Bench: 39% 315GB free
Poor: 39% Great: 64%
SPEED RANK: 298th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.5 % Much faster effective speed.
+67%
52.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+79%
88.6 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+57%
93.1 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
+73%
0.52 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.19 MB/s 3.98 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+82%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+66%
82.7 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s 0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+50%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+73%
113 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+58%
113 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+79%
0.73 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.79 MB/s 5.68 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+104%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+55%
108 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s 0.74 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+100%
Market Share
Based on 9,646,992 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.7 % Insanely higher market share.
+4,093%
0.28 %
Value
Value For Money
57.1 % Hugely better value.
+200%
19 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
77 % Much more popular.
+51%
51 %
Price
Price (score)
$44 $40 Slightly cheaper.
+10%
Age
Newest
72 Months 63 Months Slightly more recent.
+12%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 500GB
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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 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]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 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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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1070 $447Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $123
Intel Core i5-8600K $239AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $116
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $177SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $911SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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