Real World Speed
Performance profile from 304,908 user samples
95,060 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 788GB free
Worst Bench: 45% 759GB free (System drive)
Poor: 45% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1015
209,848 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 104GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 54th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.6 % 84.3 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
136 MB/s 155 MB/s Faster read speed.
+14%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
133 MB/s 138 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.28 MB/s +4% 1.23 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.82 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+95%
2.47 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
43.1 MB/s 88.9 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+106%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
2.11 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+94%
1.09 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
151 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+9%
139 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s 205 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+5%
179 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.6 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+7%
1.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.4 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+80%
3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
75.3 MB/s 114 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+51%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
2.8 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+133%
1.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
206 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+13%
182 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 39,707,634 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.31 % 0.72 % Hugely higher market share.
+132%
Value
Value For Money
12.9 % 23.1 % Much better value.
+78%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 58 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
Price
Price (score)
$128 $73 Much cheaper.
+43%
Age
Newest
95 Months 93 Months +2%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The ST1000DX001 is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). There is 8GB of MLC NAND flash built into this model which helps facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. The peak sequential read /write speeds of 190 MB/s are around 10% higher than average for a mechanical drive, but no where near typical SSD speeds. We have seen peak 4k write speeds as high as 5.72 MB/s, which is very impressive and to date the highest 4k read speed is 1.24 MB/s which is less impressive but still above average for a top end mechanical drive. The performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are primarily noticeable in the area of small file performance and the Seagate offers only marginally better sequential performance than other mechanical 1TB hard drives. Overall the ST1000DX001 is a very solid performer and bests the group average by 30%. The larger 2TB version (ST2000DX001) has similar performance but represents even better value for money. [Feb '14 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) July 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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  • 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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Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
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