SeagateST1000DM010
WDWD1003FZEX
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,008,159 user samples
823,428 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 52GB free (System drive)
Poor: 64% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 1015
184,731 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 914GB free
Worst Bench: 52% 315GB free
Poor: 52% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 72nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
93.9 % Faster effective speed.
+15%
81.5 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
152 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
136 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.82 MB/s 1.22 MB/s Much faster random read.
+49%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.51 MB/s 2.45 MB/s Much faster random write.
+62%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
77.3 MB/s 86.9 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+12%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.73 MB/s 1.09 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+49%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
160 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+21%
132 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
191 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
174 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.7 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+76%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.3 MB/s 111 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+29%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
197 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+11%
177 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 37,655,024 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
5.81 % Hugely higher market share.
+767%
0.67 %
Value
Value For Money
62.6 % Hugely better value.
+207%
20.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % More popular.
+16%
58 %
Price
Price (score)
$30 Much cheaper.
+62%
$80
Age
Newest
55 Months Much more recent.
+39%
90 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 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 2021 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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