Real World Speed
Performance profile from 460,997 user samples
202,096 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 913GB free
Worst Bench: 58% 423GB free
Poor: 58% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 61st / 1015
258,901 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 1.5TB free (System drive)
Poor: 56% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.6 % 87.5 % +5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s 154 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s 154 MB/s Faster write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.24 MB/s Faster random read.
+19%
1.04 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.46 MB/s Faster random write.
+19%
2.06 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
89.3 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+188%
31 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.09 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+88%
0.58 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
137 MB/s 151 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+10%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
191 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
174 MB/s 191 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+25%
1.2 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+21%
2.4 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
113 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+138%
47.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+71%
0.7 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
180 MB/s 192 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+7%
Market Share
Based on 40,747,791 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.74 % 1.23 % Much higher market share.
+66%
Value
Value For Money
27.9 % 51.1 % Hugely better value.
+83%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % Slightly more popular.
+9%
53 %
Price
Price (score)
$60 Cheaper.
+12%
$69
Age
Newest
95 Months Slightly more recent.
+9%
104 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 2TB
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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 2TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. This model sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and is reasonably power efficient for a 2TB desktop drive consuming just 6.4 Watts when loaded and 5.2 Watts when idle. The DT01ACA200 has impressive performance with peak sequential read/write speeds of 193/182 MB/s and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.16/2.28 MBps. These raw figures produce an effective speed of 141 MBps which ranks the 2TB DT01ACA200 amongst the top handful of 2TB hard drives. Not only is the 2TB DT01ACA200 a great performer but it is also priced aggressively and therefore represents superb value for money for a 2TB capacity drive. Comparing the 2TB and 3TB versions shows that performance is very similar but the 3TB offers 50% more capacity for just 25% more cash which makes the difference between good and great value for money. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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 i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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