Average Bench: 34.2% (677th of 1002)

more Based on 705 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 65.8% 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 1.84MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB is just 13.4%. 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 56.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 61.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 705 samples)
Min Avg Max
31.5 Read 56.7 66.4
50 Write 61.9 70.2
34.6 Mixed 53.7 65.6
43.1% 57.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.23 4K Read 0.69 0.93
1.04 4K Write 1.84 2.13
0.2 4K Mixed 0.47 0.58
115% 1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
60GB free
Firmware: 33.08F33 Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Read 65.5
Write 69.9
Mixed 66.2
51% 67.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.87
4K Write 1.89
4K Mixed 0.54
132% 1.1 MB/s
4GB free
Firmware: 27.08D27 Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Read 63.8
Write 65
Mixed 37.9
41% 55.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.88
4K Write 1.94
4K Mixed 0.57
136% 1.13 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,216,749 HDDs tested.

Typical WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB Builds (Compare 612 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 29%
Desktop 63%
Workstation 40%
Speed boat

System: Alienware Aurora-R3

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $728

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