SeagateST500DM009
WDWD1003FZEX
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 247,810 user samples
15,931 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 465GB free
Worst Bench: 29% 382GB free (System drive)
Poor: 29% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 78th / 1015
231,879 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 54% 158GB free
Poor: 54% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
80.5 % 82.4 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
147 MB/s 152 MB/s +3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
121 MB/s 138 MB/s Faster write speed.
+14%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s 1.23 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+89%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.49 MB/s 2.48 MB/s Much faster random write.
+66%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
66.4 MB/s 88.3 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+33%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.72 MB/s 1.09 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+51%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
134 MB/s 135 MB/s +1%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s +1% 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
189 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
174 MB/s
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
2.1 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+43%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
83.7 MB/s 112 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+34%
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
202 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+14%
177 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 45,949,563 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.12 % 0.72 % Hugely higher market share.
+500%
Value
Value For Money
21.8 % 33 % Much better value.
+51%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 58 % More popular.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$37 Cheaper.
+26%
$50
Age
Newest
73 Months Much more recent.
+31%
106 Months
Capacity
Capacity
500GB 1TB
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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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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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