Average Bench: 34.3% (655th of 984)

more Based on 599 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD740GD-00FLA2, WDC WD740GD-75FLA0, WDC WD740GD-00NLR1, WDC WD740GD-32FLA0, WDC WD74 0GD-00FLC0, WDC WD740GD-00FLA1, WDC WD740GD-00FLA0, WDC WD740GD-00FLC0, WDC WD74 0GD-75FLA0, WDC WD740GD-75FLA1, WDC WD740GD-50FLA2, WDC WD740GD-50FLA1, WDC WD740GD-50FLC0, WDC WD740GD-50FL, WDC WD740GD-41FLC2, WDC WD74 0GD-00FLA2, WDC WD74 0GD-50FLC0, WDC WD74 0GD-00FLA1, WDC WD740GD-00FL, WDC WD74 0GD-00FLA0, WDC WD74 0GD-50FLA2, WDC WD74 0GD-50FLA1

Poor average bench

The WD WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB averaged 65.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.47MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.86MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB is just 13%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Read Speed 56.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 62.1MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 599 samples)
Min Avg Max
31.8 Read 56.8 66.5
50.5 Write 62.1 70.2
34.7 Mixed 53.5 65.6
43.2% 57.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.23 4K Read 0.7 0.93
1.14 4K Write 1.86 2.13
0.2 4K Mixed 0.47 0.58
116% 1.01 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
69GB free
Firmware: 31.08F31 Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Read 61.5
Write 64.2
Mixed 58.4
46% 61.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.89
4K Write 1.89
4K Mixed 0.54
132% 1.11 MB/s
69GB free
Firmware: 31.08F31 Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Read 61.6
Write 63.8
Mixed 61
47% 62.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.92
4K Write 1.91
4K Mixed 0.53
132% 1.12 MB/s
18GB free
Firmware: 31.08F31 Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Read 60.2
Write 63.6
Mixed 53.8
44% 59.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.75
4K Mixed 0.5
122% 1.02 MB/s
18GB free
Firmware: 33.0
Read 58.6
Write 57.8
Mixed 57
44% 57.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 1.96
4K Mixed 0.48
122% 1.07 MB/s
10GB free
Firmware: 31.08F31 Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Read 53.3
Write 56.2
Mixed 51.9
40% 53.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.82
4K Write 1.86
4K Mixed 0.55
130% 1.08 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,260,494 HDDs tested.

Typical WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB Builds (Compare 461 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 30%
Desktop 64%
Workstation 45%
Speed boat

System: Alienware Aurora-R3

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $770

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