Average Bench: 90.1% (32nd of 995)

more Based on 20,786 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD2003FZEX-00E7NA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-32Z4SA0, WD2003FZ EX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4S, WDC WD2003FZEX-0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4S, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRLA0

This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Excellent average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2013) averaged just 9.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 2TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.76MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 148MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 45%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.78MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 155MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 20,786 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 Read 155 188
108 Write 158 202
99.3 Mixed 148 192
116% 154 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.47 4K Read 0.78 1.02
2.01 4K Write 2.76 3.24
0.2 4K Mixed 0.34 0.53
122% 1.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 158
Write 159
Mixed 128
111% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 2.64
4K Mixed 0.21
95% 1.13 MB/s
863GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 147
Write 113
Mixed 130
98% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.15
4K Write 1.08
4K Mixed 0.24
53% 0.49 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,301,097 HDDs tested.


Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
AmazonUS $1104 mins
EbayUS $12512 mins
NeweggUS $1256 hrs
OutletPCUS $12813 hrs
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Desktop 86%
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Workstation 68%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $165

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $1,295

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4 months ago.


Wonderful drive, quite stable, and while it may not be the fastest, it is hard to argue with a 5 year warranty. (which for the most part is not mentioned on the comparisons.)—Sep '14


14 months ago.

Mesmo sendo o primeiro dia de uso estou gostando do HD, mais rápido que os outros HD que tenho.


13 months ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


12 months ago.

2 of those running in a NAS 24/7 for two years. No problems whatsoever. I wouldn't put it in a desktop, however, these things are noisy by today's standards.


14 months ago.

Good Performing Drive, but it's loud and puts out a lot of heat

Very good

4 years ago.

Above average

2 years ago.

2 years old @ 73% full it has slowed down considerably. A noisy drive.

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