Real World Speed
Performance profile from 649,544 user samples
580,324 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 778GB free
Worst Bench: 67% 274GB free
Poor: 67% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 1002
69,220 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 818GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.7 % 92.6 % +4%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s 164 MB/s +2%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s 159 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+7%
0.85 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.23 MB/s Faster random write.
+25%
1.79 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
139 MB/s 148 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+45%
0.2 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s 200 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
181 MB/s 194 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
1.14 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.78 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+22%
2.27 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s 181 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
Market Share
Based on 9,712,290 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+708%
1.41 %
Value
Value For Money
63.6 % 96.7 % Much better value.
+52%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
77 % More popular.
+28%
60 %
Price
Price (score)
$40 Cheaper.
+27%
$55
Age
Newest
72 Months 65 Months Slightly more recent.
+10%
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) 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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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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