Real World Speed
Performance profile from 66,855 user samples
11,136 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 950GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 132nd / 1002
55,719 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 926GB free
Worst Bench: 62% 392GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 46th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
70.6 % 86.7 % Faster effective speed.
+23%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
129 MB/s 158 MB/s Faster read speed.
+22%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
117 MB/s 144 MB/s Faster write speed.
+23%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s 0.94 MB/s Much faster random read.
+38%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.06 MB/s 2.27 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+10%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+23%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.23 MB/s 0.29 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+26%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
170 MB/s 197 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s 178 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+22%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.87 MB/s 1.32 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+52%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.58 MB/s 2.8 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+9%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
139 MB/s 167 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+20%
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 8,778,115 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.21 % 1.09 % Hugely higher market share.
+419%
Value
Value For Money
51.3 % Much better value.
+48%
34.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 70 % More popular.
+25%
Price
Price (score)
$79 $72 Slightly cheaper.
+9%
Age
Newest
69 Months 54 Months More recent.
+22%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group average significantly in terms of overall performance. With an average read speed of 108 MB/s the 2TB Red is 36% slower than the group leaders which manage an average of 147 MB/s. There is a huge amount of hype around the "NAS" aspects of these drives but there is very little substance in terms of specific characteristics that make this drive better suited to a NAS than any other. The obvious factors such as energy efficiency and operating temperature are only marginally improved on these drives. I would personally prefer one of the far better performing Seagate Barracudas as when looking at a direct comparison of the Barracuda vs the Red it's clear that the performance of the Barracuda is better across the board. [Feb '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) April 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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