Real World Speed
Performance profile from 383,273 user samples
154,354 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 52% 229GB free (System drive)
Poor: 52% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 68th / 1015
228,919 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 68% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 29% 850GB free
Poor: 29% Great: 68%
SPEED RANK: 270th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+54%
53.5 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
153 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+60%
95.6 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
138 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+52%
90.9 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster random read.
+64%
0.73 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+82%
1.36 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.5 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+53%
57.3 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.09 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+25%
0.87 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+49%
90.8 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
205 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+68%
122 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
175 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+47%
119 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+67%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+61%
69 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+20%
1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+48%
121 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 28,636,126 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.76 % 0.94 % Higher market share.
+24%
Value
Value For Money
24.3 % Slightly better value.
+6%
22.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
78 % Much more popular.
+50%
52 %
Price
Price (score)
$68 $47 Much cheaper.
+31%
Age
Newest
81 Months More recent.
+29%
114 Months
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 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs 7200.14 shows that the more recent 7200.14 was a huge improvement over the 7200.12. The 7200.12 has average sequential read/write speeds of 97/91 vs 161/155 MB/s on the newer 7200.14. Additionally the small file 4K read/write speeds of 0.62/1.32 are improved upon by over 25% on the newer version. Overall there is no contest between the two drives and considering that they are similarly priced, the newer 7200.14 is the clear winner. The 7200.12 has an effective speed of just 88.4 MB/s which is a whopping 54% below the average of the group leaders[Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 2020 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 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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Intel Core i5-9600K $195Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $49
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $75SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
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