WDWD1003FZEX
WDWD1002FAEX

Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date: Q1 2010.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 216,447 user samples
98,729 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 563GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 671GB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 57th / 1015
117,718 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 76% 877GB free
Worst Bench: 33% 96GB free
Poor: 33% Great: 76%
SPEED RANK: 234th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
84.8 % Much faster effective speed.
+51%
56.2 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+51%
103 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
142 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+49%
95.4 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.24 MB/s Faster random read.
+22%
1.02 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.52 MB/s Faster random write.
+18%
2.14 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
89 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+11%
80 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.11 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+25%
0.89 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
139 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+50%
92.8 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
204 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+46%
140 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
179 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+41%
127 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+7%
1.4 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+11%
2.7 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
112 MB/s 113 MB/s +1%
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
179 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+40%
128 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 16,382,626 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.87 % +4% 0.84 %
Value
Value For Money
33.3 % Hugely better value.
+86%
17.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
74 % More popular.
+30%
57 %
Price
Price (score)
$73 Cheaper.
+19%
$90
Age
Newest
66 Months Much more recent.
+40%
110 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 WD Black (2010) is not a great performer, at least not in today's market. With peak sequential read/writes of 162/129 MB/s the Black lags particularly at writing. In terms of small file random 4K performance things are a little better with peak read/writes of 1.21/2.7 MB/s but these figures still lag the current group leaders and place the 2010 version of the WD Black well below average. A direct comparison to the 2012 WD Blue shows that the newer Blue not only outperforms on nearly every single benchmark but also costs less. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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