SeagateST3500418AS
WDWD2003FZEX

Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

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Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 165,367 user samples
103,701 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 72% 769GB free
Worst Bench: 28% 50GB free (System drive)
Poor: 28% Great: 72%
SPEED RANK: 268th / 1015
61,666 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 1TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
54 % 87.5 % Much faster effective speed.
+62%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
97.5 MB/s 154 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+58%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
93.6 MB/s 157 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+68%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.66 MB/s 0.92 MB/s Much faster random read.
+39%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.66 MB/s 2.94 MB/s Much faster random write.
+77%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
56.1 MB/s 85 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+52%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.92 MB/s 0.97 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+5%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
90.5 MB/s 150 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+66%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
126 MB/s 196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+56%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
123 MB/s 206 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+67%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+38%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2 MB/s 3.5 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+75%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
68.7 MB/s 105 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+53%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
126 MB/s 199 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+58%
Market Share
Based on 20,477,955 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.64 % Higher market share.
+19%
0.54 %
Value
Value For Money
20 % 36.8 % Hugely better value.
+84%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 71 % Much more popular.
+39%
Price
Price (score)
$27 Much cheaper.
+72%
$95
Age
Newest
70+ Months +3% 72 Months
Capacity
Capacity
500GB 2TB
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It lasted me 10 years, going strong until it died, which was about 5 days ago. It was very well built, and dealt with everything I threw at it perfectly. Would recommend even though it is a bit obsolete.  [Mar '19 AnInitialDFan]

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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]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 2019 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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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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