WDWD4001FAEX
WDWD10EZEX
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 916,271 user samples
1,543 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 893GB free
Poor: 46% Great: 92%
SPEED RANK: 116th / 1010
914,728 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 225GB free (System drive)
Poor: 50% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 76th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
73 % 81.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
130 MB/s 150 MB/s Faster read speed.
+15%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
125 MB/s 137 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s 1.16 MB/s Much faster random read.
+47%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.18 MB/s Much faster random write.
+32%
2.4 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
83.9 MB/s 85.8 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.99 MB/s 1.06 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+7%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
124 MB/s 133 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+7%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s 197 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+18%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
154 MB/s 176 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+14%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.7 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+23%
3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
106 MB/s 111 MB/s +5%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s 1.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
157 MB/s 180 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+15%
Market Share
Based on 15,013,181 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 11.5 % Insanely higher market share.
+114,700%
Value
Value For Money
28 % 54.3 % Hugely better value.
+94%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 83 % Much more popular.
+48%
Price
Price (score)
$299 $43 Hugely cheaper.
+86%
Age
Newest
75 Months Slightly more recent.
+6%
80 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 1TB
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I don't understand the pricing on this drive, on the face of it, it looks seriously overpriced. Although the Black has a marginal speed advantage compared to a 3TB Barracuda, one 4TB Caviar Black costs more than two 3TB Barracudas! I have only seen benchmarks from 3 user samples for the 4TB 2012 Black so I will re-visit this recap over the coming months by which time I should have a better sample size. Additional samples may indicate far better performance than I have seen so far. [Aug '13 HDrivePro]

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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2019 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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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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Intel Core i7-8700K $360Nvidia GTX 1070 $315Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $78
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $148Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $220Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
Intel Core i5-8600K $260Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $750SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $120SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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