Real World Speed
Performance profile from 103,983 user samples
38,657 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 437GB free
Poor: 46% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 133rd / 984
65,326 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 1TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.5 % 86.9 % Faster effective speed.
+29%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
121 MB/s 157 MB/s Faster read speed.
+30%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
114 MB/s 146 MB/s Faster write speed.
+28%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+10%
0.62 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.01 MB/s Much faster random write.
+31%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
107 MB/s 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+27%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.23 MB/s 0.24 MB/s +4%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 198 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+28%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
143 MB/s 182 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+27%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s 0.96 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+34%
1.84 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s 176 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+31%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0.37 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+28%
Market Share
Based on 7,805,494 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.58 % 0.91 % Much higher market share.
+57%
Value
Value For Money
49 % 94.7 % Hugely better value.
+93%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 67 % More popular.
+26%
Price
Price (score)
$79 $79 +0%
Age
Newest
66 Months Slightly more recent.
+14%
77 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 3TB
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The (WD20EZRX) is Western Digital's latest green drive. I don't see what's green about it considering that it draws 5.5 watts even when idle, which is about average nowadays. With peak sequential lab read/write speeds of 150 MB/s the performance profile is approximately 20% below average for recent Hard drive. It's not all bad news as the WD Green is priced aggressively so despite its relatively weak performance it still represents reasonable value for money, at least within the 2TB category. Due to economies of scale, larger capacity drives nearly always yield better value for money. Compared to the 3GB 7200.14 Barracuda, performance is very similar but the barracuda offers 50% more capacity for 36% more money. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 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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