WDWD1003FZEX
Seagate

Release date: Q4 2013.

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Release date ≤ Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 128,312 user samples
125,401 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 86GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 67th / 1015
2,911 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 51% 39GB free
Poor: 51% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 116th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.1 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+13%
72.9 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s Faster read speed.
+18%
130 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
126 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.22 MB/s Much faster random read.
+44%
0.85 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.49 MB/s +4% 2.39 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.8 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+28%
68.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+7%
1.03 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
132 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+7%
123 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+31%
155 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
176 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+17%
151 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
2.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+7%
2.7 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+37%
81 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
1.1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
178 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+18%
151 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 21,707,108 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.91 % Insanely higher market share.
+4,450%
0.02 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
76 % Much more popular.
+52%
50 %
Age
Newest
74 Months 67+ Months Slightly more recent.
+9%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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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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