Real World Speed
Performance profile from 293,493 user samples
260,272 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 373GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 2GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 43rd / 984
33,221 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 2GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.7 % -4% 90.3 % +4%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s -3% 161 MB/s +3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s -6% 154 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+12%
0.81 MB/s -12%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.22 MB/s Faster random write.
+28%
1.74 MB/s -28%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -7% 144 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+40%
0.2 MB/s -40%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s +2% 196 MB/s -2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s -7% 191 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
1.15 MB/s -14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.76 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+25%
2.21 MB/s -25%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s -8% 179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
0.24 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 4,959,954 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+688%
1.44 % -688%
Value
Value For Money
49.8 % -66% 82.8 % Much better value.
+66%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % More popular.
+27%
56 % -27%
Price
Price (score)
$50 Cheaper.
+20%
$63 -20%
Age
Newest
62 Months -11% 55 Months Slightly more recent.
+11%
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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The 2TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. This model sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and is reasonably power efficient for a 2TB desktop drive consuming just 6.4 Watts when loaded and 5.2 Watts when idle. The DT01ACA200 has impressive performance with peak sequential read/write speeds of 193/182 MB/s and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.16/2.28 MBps. These raw figures produce an effective speed of 141 MBps which ranks the 2TB DT01ACA200 amongst the top handful of 2TB hard drives. Not only is the 2TB DT01ACA200 a great performer but it is also priced aggressively and therefore represents superb value for money for a 2TB capacity drive. Comparing the 2TB and 3TB versions shows that performance is very similar but the 3TB offers 50% more capacity for just 25% more cash which makes the difference between good and great value for money. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $300Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $390Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $133
Intel Core i5-7600K $212Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $165
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $718SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $83Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $55HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $140SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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