Real World Speed
Performance profile from 522,283 user samples
520,939 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 925GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 209GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 1002
1,344 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 102% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 263GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 102%
SPEED RANK: 47th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % +1% 86.5 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
150 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s 151 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s 2.57 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+182%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.24 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+12%
2 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s 141 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s +4% 0.28 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+11%
179 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
182 MB/s +1% 180 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s 4.62 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+253%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.83 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+22%
2.32 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s 171 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+6%
0.35 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 8,768,948 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11 % Insanely higher market share.
+27,475%
0.04 %
Value
Value For Money
59.5 % 87.9 % Much better value.
+48%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
77 % More popular.
+26%
61 %
Price
Price (score)
$42 Much cheaper.
+63%
$113
Age
Newest
70 Months 30 Months Much more recent.
+57%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 4TB
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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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