Real World Speed
Performance profile from 42,573 user samples
151 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 794GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 984
42,422 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 793GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 225GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
80.4 % -8% 87.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
143 MB/s -10% 158 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
137 MB/s -7% 146 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.73 MB/s -23% 0.9 MB/s Faster random read.
+23%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.92 MB/s Faster random write.
+29%
2.27 MB/s -29%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
132 MB/s -2% 135 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.53 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+89%
0.28 MB/s -89%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
172 MB/s -16% 199 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
165 MB/s -9% 180 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.93 MB/s -42% 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+42%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+26%
2.78 MB/s -26%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
159 MB/s -4% 166 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+89%
0.37 MB/s -89%
Market Share
Based on 5,729,008 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 1.05 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
42 % Better value.
+16%
36.3 % -16%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
48 % -44% 69 % Much more popular.
+44%
Price
Price (score)
$165 -58% $69 Much cheaper.
+58%
Age
Newest
65 Months -26% 48 Months More recent.
+26%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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The WD Re is an enterprise grade Hard Drive which is able to handle up to 550 TB of data transfers per year. The Re drive has a solid performance profile but it only matches its significantly cheaper WD Black desktop counterpart. Both the Black and the Re have five year warranties and both drives are available in capacities up to 4TB. Comparing the 2013 2TB WD Black and the 3TB Re shows that the two drives have a similar performance profiles with effective speeds of around 130 MBps. Considering that the equivalent capacity black is around 15% cheaper there is, unsurprisingly, little incentive for most consumers to consider the enterprise Re. [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) October 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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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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