WDWD1003FZEX
ToshibaMQ01ABD100H
$117

Release date: Q4 2013.

 $117 

Release date: Q3 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 75,003 user samples
73,682 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 521GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 647GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 73rd / 1010
1,321 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 79% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 30% 564GB free (System drive)
Poor: 30% Great: 79%
SPEED RANK: 185th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.1 % Much faster effective speed.
+36%
60.5 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
152 MB/s Faster read speed.
+19%
128 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+73%
80.3 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.24 MB/s 9.68 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+681%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s 16.4 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+556%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.9 MB/s 92.5 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 6.31 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+474%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
134 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+120%
61 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+17%
169 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 15.1 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+907%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s 24 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+700%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
111 MB/s 122 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s 14.1 MB/s Insanely faster peak random mixed IO.
+1,075%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
+98%
90.2 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 12,418,495 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.79 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,850%
0.02 %
Value
Value For Money
43.8 % Hugely better value.
+195%
14.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
74 % Much more popular.
+32%
56 %
Price
Price (score)
$54 Much cheaper.
+54%
$117
Age
Newest
61 Months +5% 64 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 Toshiba MQ01ABD100H SSHD is a 1TB 5,400 RPM HDD with 8GB of NAND flash. The NAND acts as a high speed cache and gives the drive some SSD-like performance characteristics. The cache covers nearly 1% of the total capacity but once exhausted speeds drop to levels that match the MQ01ABD100, the non SSHD version of this drive. Prior to cache exhaustion, the MQ01ABD100H has peak sequential read/write speeds of 172/83 MB/s and peak 4K read/writes of 14.1/24.5 MB/s. These are fantastic 4K figures which approach SSD throughputs but unfortunately the sequential figures are equally unimpressive and leave the drives performance profile severely unbalanced. Overall the MQ01ABD100H scores an effective speed of just 100 MB/s and sits amongst the slower drives. For small file use cases where the majority of IO hits the cache the Toshiba is a superb choice but for most users, it's probably not. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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