Real World Speed
Performance profile from 240,848 user samples
232,491 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 889GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 782GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 983
8,357 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 41% 263GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 192nd / 983
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.2 % Much faster effective speed.
59.7 % -46%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s Much faster read speed.
109 MB/s -45%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s Much faster write speed.
98.8 MB/s -48%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.59 MB/s -53%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.25 MB/s Faster random write.
1.79 MB/s -26%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
86.3 MB/s -58%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -29% 0.36 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
141 MB/s -42%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
126 MB/s -42%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.87 MB/s -51%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.81 MB/s Faster peak random write.
2.26 MB/s -24%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
167 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
122 MB/s -37%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -38% 0.51 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 4,671,782 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.9 % Insanely higher market share.
0.4 % -2,885%
Value For Money
58.2 % Hugely better value.
29 % -100%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % Much more popular.
52 % -37%
Price (score)
$43 Cheaper.
$59 -27%
61 Months More recent.
81 Months -25%

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]


The WD Blue EALX (2010) is sold as an all round desktop drive. This model is nearly four years old now and can't compete against the newer competition. WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX. Comparing the EALX and EZEX reveals that the newer EZEX drive is approximately 30% faster yet both drives still retail for almost the same price. With average sequential read/write speeds of 109/97 MB/s the EALX lags the group leaders by 40%. Average small file 4K performance clocks in at 0.67/1.85 MB/s which is again around 40% slower than the top ten group leaders. With an effective speed of just 102 MB/s the 2010 WD Blue lags its peers by 34%. There are both cheaper and faster alternatives available elsewhere. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 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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