Real World Speed
Performance profile from 456,853 user samples
454,232 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 891GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 15GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 984
2,621 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2GB free
Poor: 57% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 54th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % +5% 84 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+5%
151 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s +4% 142 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s Much faster random read.
+46%
0.63 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.22 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+90%
1.17 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+12%
122 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+56%
0.18 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s +3% 192 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s 183 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+51%
0.87 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.79 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+77%
1.58 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s 170 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
0.24 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,760,868 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.9 % Insanely higher market share.
+27,275%
0.04 %
Value
Value For Money
52.2 % 60.2 % Better value.
+15%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
75 % Much more popular.
+34%
56 %
Price
Price (score)
$48 Much cheaper.
+40%
$80
Age
Newest
68 Months Slightly more recent.
+8%
74 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 2TB
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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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In terms of specs, price and age the Video SV35.6 appears to be identical to its 2TB Barracuda 7200.14 sibling. We have only seen nine user samples for the SV35.6 so far so we don't have enough data to formulate a strong opinion as yet but based on the samples we have seen, this drive appears to underperform the barracuda. Peak sequential speeds are similar but random 4k speeds lag by around 15%. It's possible that these are just statistical discrepancies that will iron themselves out as we see more samples but in the mean time we would recommend the barracuda 7200.14 over this drive. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 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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  • 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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