Real World Speed
Performance profile from 592,680 user samples
562,767 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 810GB free
Worst Bench: 66% 9GB free
Poor: 66% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 1002
29,913 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 927GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 333GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 26th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.7 % 91 % +3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s +3% 157 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s 160 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s Faster random read.
+17%
0.78 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.21 MB/s 2.77 MB/s Faster random write.
+25%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
139 MB/s 149 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0.35 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+21%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s +3% 191 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
181 MB/s 202 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
1.03 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.81 MB/s 3.21 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+14%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s 189 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+13%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s 0.53 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+43%
Market Share
Based on 9,678,997 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,273%
0.48 %
Value
Value For Money
57.8 % Better value.
+21%
47.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
77 % Slightly more popular.
+10%
70 %
Price
Price (score)
$44 Much cheaper.
+60%
$109
Age
Newest
72 Months 56 Months More recent.
+22%
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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This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[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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Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $413Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $138
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