Real World Speed
Performance profile from 22,576 user samples
938 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 0GB free
Poor: 47% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 129th / 979
21,638 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 166GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.4 % -30% 87.5 % Faster effective speed.
+30%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
115 MB/s -38% 159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+38%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
120 MB/s -22% 146 MB/s Faster write speed.
+22%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.56 MB/s -61% 0.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
+61%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.95 MB/s -16% 2.26 MB/s Faster random write.
+16%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s -25% 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+25%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.22 MB/s -32% 0.29 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+32%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
142 MB/s -40% 199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+40%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
151 MB/s -20% 181 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+20%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s -67% 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+67%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.56 MB/s -10% 2.82 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+10%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s -21% 166 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -32% 0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+32%
Market Share
Based on 3,405,604 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.1 % -1,200% 1.3 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,200%
Value
Value For Money
48.4 % Much better value.
+37%
35.3 % -37%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % -12% 65 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$80 -11% $71 Slightly cheaper.
+11%
Age
Newest
32 Months More recent.
+22%
41 Months -22%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '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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