Real World Speed
Performance profile from 155,408 user samples
155,143 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 836GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 979
265 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 130% 5.5TB free
Worst Bench: 91% 4TB free
Poor: 91% Great: 130%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % -29% 114 % Faster effective speed.
+29%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s -11% 178 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+11%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s -49% 217 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+49%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s -389% 4.45 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+389%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.24 MB/s -22% 2.73 MB/s Faster random write.
+22%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s -25% 171 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+25%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s -3% 0.3 MB/s +3%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s -7% 217 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+7%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s -38% 249 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+38%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s -457% 7.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+457%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.83 MB/s -15% 3.25 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+15%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s -29% 213 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+29%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -8% 0.4 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+8%
Market Share
Based on 3,446,851 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.5 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
0 % -∞%
Value
Value For Money
50.4 % -39% 70.1 % Much better value.
+39%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % -7% 72 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
Price
Price (score)
$50 Hugely cheaper.
+82%
$279 -82%
Age
Newest
57 Months -63% 21 Months Much more recent.
+63%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 6TB
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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) March 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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