Average Bench: 59.7% (205th of 995)

more Based on 76,265 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0, WD1002FA EX-00Z3A0, WDC WD1001FALS-75J7B0, WDC WD1002FAEX-007BA0, WDC WD1001FALS-00Y6A, WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A, WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Y9A0, WD1002FAEX-00Y9, WDC WD10 01FALS-40K1B0, WDC WD1001FALS-41K1B, WDC WD10 01FALS-75J7B, WDC WD10 01FALS-00J7B, WDC WD1001FALS-32E3A0, WDC WD1001FALS-32J7B0, WD WD1002FAEX-007BA, WDC WD1001FALS-41Y6A, WDC WD1001FALS-00E8B, WDC WD1001FALS-55J7B, WDC WD10 01FALS-55J7B, WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0, WD1002FAEX-00Z3, WDC WD1001FALS-40K1B0, WDC WD1002FAEX-32MJR, WDC WD10 01FALS-42K1B0, WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A, WD1002FA EX-00Y9A0, WDC WD1002FAEX-32MJRA0, WDC WD1001FALS-00Y6A0, WDC WD1001FALS-40U9B, WDC WD1001FALS-75J7B, WDC WD10 01FALS-41K1B, WDC WD1001FALS-00L3B2, WD1002FAEX-00Z3A, WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0, WDC WD1001FALS-00E8B0, WDC WD1001FALS-40Y6A, WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Y9A, WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Z3A, WDC WD10 01FALS-00E3A, WDC WD1001FALS-00K1B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-40U9B, WDC WD1001FALS-00E3A0, WDC WD10 01FALS-40Y6A0, WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B1, WDC WD1002FAEX-0, WDC WD1001FALS-40U9B0, WDC WD10 02FAEX-007BA0, WDC WD10 01FALS-75J7B0, WDC WD1001FALS-00U9B, WDC WD1001FALS-40Y6A0, WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0, WDC WD10 02FAEX-0, WD1002FAEX-007B, WDC WD10 01FALS-41K1B0, WDC WD1001FALS-00E3A, WDC WD10 01FALS-19J7B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-00J7B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-00J7B1, WDC WD10 01FALS-00E8B0, WDC WD1001FALS-403AA, WDC WD1001FALS-19J7B, WDC WD10 01FALS-00E3A0, WDC WD10 01FALS-00U9B, WD WD1002FAEX-00Z3A, WDC WD1002FAEX-007BA, WD1001FALS-00K1B0, WDC WD1001FALS-41J7B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-42K1B, WDC WD1002FAEX-00ZA30, WD1002FAEX-OOY9A0, WDC WD10 01FALS-55J7B0, WD WD1002FAEX-00Y9A, WDC WD1001FALS-41K1B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-403AA, WDC WD1002FAEX-, WDC WD1001FALS-40K1B, WDC WD1001FALS-42K1B0, WDC WD10 02FAEX-007BA, WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Z3A0, WD1001FALS-00E8, WDC WD10 01FALS-00Y6A, WDC WD10 01FALS-00Y6A0, WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9, WDC WD1001FALS-19J7B0, WDC WD1001FALS-4, WDC WD1001FALS-5, WDC WD1001FALS-41Y6A0, WDC WD10 01FALS-40K1B, WDC WD1001FALS-1, WDC WD10 01FALS-00U9B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-00E8B, WDC WD1001FALS-42J7B0, WDC WD1001FALS-55J7B0, WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0, WDC WD10 01FALS-41Y6A0, WDC WD1001FALS-00K1B, WDC WD1001FALS-08J7B0, WDC WD10 01FALS-41Y6A1, WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B, WDC WD1001FALS-42K1B, WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3

The WD Black (2010) is not a great performer, at least not in today's market. With peak sequential read/writes of 162/129 MB/s the Black lags particularly at writing. In terms of small file random 4K performance things are a little better with peak read/writes of 1.21/2.7 MB/s but these figures still lag the current group leaders and place the 2010 version of the WD Black well below average. A direct comparison to the 2012 WD Blue shows that the newer Blue not only outperforms on nearly every single benchmark but also costs less. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Average average bench

The WD Black 1TB (2010) averaged 40.2% 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 0.38MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.97MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2010) is 37.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 1TB (2010) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Write Speed 96.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 87.1MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 76,265 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.9 Read 111 151
63.9 Write 96.5 128
25.8 Mixed 87.1 124
73.7% 98.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.34 4K Read 0.76 1.19
1.06 4K Write 1.97 2.54
0.23 4K Mixed 0.38 0.51
110% 1.04 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
675GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 109
Write 113
Mixed 104
82% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.71
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.36
105% 0.99 MB/s
836GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 148
Write 69.3
Mixed 82.3
74% 99.7 MB/s
4K Read 1.03
4K Write 1.42
4K Mixed 0.49
124% 0.98 MB/s
106GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 110
Write 104
Mixed 103
79% 105 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.85
4K Mixed 0.48
129% 1.11 MB/s
184GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 104
Write 89.1
Mixed 64
64% 85.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.68
4K Write 2.27
4K Mixed 0.49
124% 1.14 MB/s
715GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 102
Write 90.6
Mixed 84.6
69% 92.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.23
4K Mixed 0.34
114% 1.14 MB/s
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WD Black hard drives are designed for enthusiasts ...

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9 months ago.

Have 2 of these. They are showing their age.


7 months ago.

Slow as hell.


3 months ago.

Fast enough for $20

Very poor

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