Real World Speed
Performance profile from 117,123 user samples
44,056 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 190GB free
Poor: 46% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 152nd / 1002
73,067 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 2.5TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.5 % 87.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+30%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
120 MB/s 158 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+32%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
115 MB/s 148 MB/s Faster write speed.
+29%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s +5% 0.65 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.96 MB/s Faster random write.
+26%
1.55 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
108 MB/s 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.22 MB/s 0.25 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+14%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s 196 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+26%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s 185 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+28%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.93 MB/s 0.98 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+5%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+36%
1.81 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s 174 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+28%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0.39 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+34%
Market Share
Based on 9,728,895 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.51 % 0.87 % Much higher market share.
+71%
Value
Value For Money
49 % 95.2 % Hugely better value.
+94%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 67 % More popular.
+26%
Price
Price (score)
$79 +0% $79
Age
Newest
70 Months Slightly more recent.
+14%
81 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) 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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  • 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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