WDWD1003FZEX
SeagateST1000DM010

Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date: Q3 2016.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 176,360 user samples
73,419 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 916GB free
Worst Bench: 54% 688GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 72nd / 1010
102,941 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 116% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 905GB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 116%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.4 % 93.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+13%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
153 MB/s 167 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+9%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s 148 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.21 MB/s Much faster random read.
+51%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+64%
1.49 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+16%
75 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.09 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+49%
0.73 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
134 MB/s 159 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+19%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s 205 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
174 MB/s 195 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+61%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+30%
85.7 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
178 MB/s 200 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 11,836,552 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.06 % 2.98 % Hugely higher market share.
+181%
Value
Value For Money
32.4 % 59.6 % Hugely better value.
+84%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
73 % 103 % Much more popular.
+41%
Price
Price (score)
$73 $45 Much cheaper.
+38%
Age
Newest
60 Months 25 Months Much more recent.
+58%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 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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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 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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