Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 143,960 user samples
84,988 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 2TB free
Poor: 58% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 1015
58,972 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 43% 838GB free
Worst Bench: 11% 151GB free (System drive)
Poor: 11% Great: 43%
SPEED RANK: 694th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88 % Hugely faster effective speed.
31.3 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
57.1 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
160 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
54.1 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.41 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.99 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
0.99 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.2 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
32.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.98 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
0.55 MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
150 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
51.8 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
77 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
208 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
73.6 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
0.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
1.31 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
107 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
40 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
0.7 MB/s
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
199 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
75.1 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 29,673,515 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.49 % Much higher market share.
0.3 %
Value For Money
30.9 % Hugely better value.
8.48 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
72 % Much more popular.
50 %
Price (score)
$114 $37 Much cheaper.
82 Months 80+ Months +2%
2TB 500GB

This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]


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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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