SeagateST500DM009
WDWD1003FZEX

Release date: Q3 2016.

Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 160,199 user samples
7,314 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 441GB free
Worst Bench: 41% 384GB free (System drive)
Poor: 41% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 55th / 1015
152,885 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 222GB free
Poor: 56% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 63rd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
85.4 % +2% 83.8 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s +1% 156 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
130 MB/s 141 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.67 MB/s 1.24 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+85%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.51 MB/s 2.49 MB/s Much faster random write.
+65%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
67.7 MB/s 89.1 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+32%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.74 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+49%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
141 MB/s +4% 135 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
204 MB/s +0% 203 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
193 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
177 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
84.6 MB/s 115 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+36%
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
199 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+10%
181 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 30,948,672 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.1 % 0.81 % Hugely higher market share.
+710%
Value
Value For Money
24.4 % Slightly better value.
+6%
23 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % 79 % Much more popular.
+36%
Price
Price (score)
$35 Much cheaper.
+52%
$73
Age
Newest
50 Months Much more recent.
+40%
83 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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