WDWD1003FZEX
Toshiba

Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date: Q1 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 117,116 user samples
82,453 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 51% 895GB free
Poor: 51% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 1010
34,663 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 2.5TB free
Poor: 54% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 56th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.1 % 84.8 % +3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
151 MB/s 151 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s 148 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s Faster random read.
+17%
1.03 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s Faster random write.
+22%
2.02 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.2 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+184%
30.7 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.09 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+82%
0.6 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s 144 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+7%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s +5% 192 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
175 MB/s 190 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
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
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+30%
2.3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
115 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+132%
49.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+50%
0.8 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s 190 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+6%
Market Share
Based on 14,196,231 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.93 % Hugely higher market share.
+121%
0.42 %
Value
Value For Money
33.7 % 66.4 % Hugely better value.
+97%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
74 % More popular.
+19%
62 %
Price
Price (score)
$70 Much cheaper.
+36%
$110
Age
Newest
63 Months Slightly more recent.
+12%
72 Months
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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The 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle power draw of 6.4/5.2 Watts. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 197/183 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.17/2.19 Mbps the 3TB DT01ACA300 achieves an effective speed of 143 MBps which places the DT01ACA300 amongst the top handful of 3TB drives. Pricing of the DT01ACA300 is also very aggressive which makes the DT01ACA300 a superb value proposition. Comparing the DT01ACA300 and Barracuda shows that the DT01ACA300 is marginally faster but also slightly more expensive. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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