Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,116,200 user samples
461,313 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 970GB free
Poor: 57% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 19th / 1015
2,654,887 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 790GB free (System drive)
Poor: 55% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 53rd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
91.1 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
84.7 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
162 MB/s +5% 155 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
132 MB/s 139 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.67 MB/s 1.19 MB/s Much faster random read.
+78%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.59 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+53%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.1 MB/s 89.1 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+17%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.72 MB/s 1.07 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+49%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
155 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+11%
140 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
175 MB/s 177 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+88%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87 MB/s 113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+30%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+50%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
203 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+11%
183 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 40,751,969 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.76 % 11.3 % Hugely higher market share.
+543%
Value
Value For Money
45.6 % 48.4 % Slightly better value.
+6%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % 62 % +3%
Price
Price (score)
$80 $35 Much cheaper.
+56%
Age
Newest
60 Months Much more recent.
+46%
111 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allows for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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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  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
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