Real World Speed
Performance profile from 567,007 user samples
11,203 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 3TB free
Poor: 52% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 119th / 1010
555,804 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 863GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 55GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 73rd / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
73.7 % 82.7 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+12%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
132 MB/s 153 MB/s Faster read speed.
+16%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
124 MB/s 139 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+12%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s 1.17 MB/s Much faster random read.
+36%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s 2.4 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
89.9 MB/s +5% 85.8 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.77 MB/s 1.04 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+35%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
122 MB/s 135 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+11%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
174 MB/s 198 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+14%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
163 MB/s 176 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+36%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s 3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+7%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
139 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+23%
113 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
168 MB/s 181 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+8%
Market Share
Based on 10,050,753 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % 11.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+5,580%
Value
Value For Money
70.5 % Better value.
+22%
57.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 77 % Much more popular.
+35%
Price
Price (score)
$90 $41 Much cheaper.
+54%
Age
Newest
35 Months Much more recent.
+52%
73 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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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) July 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 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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