Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2,102,511 user samples
3,995 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 122% 5.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 381GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 122%
SPEED RANK: 8th / 1015
2,098,516 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 329GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 61st / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
95.9 % Faster effective speed.
+15%
83.8 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
165 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
156 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
201 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+43%
141 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
4.66 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+288%
1.2 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.16 MB/s Faster random write.
+28%
2.46 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
102 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+14%
89.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.02 MB/s 1.08 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+6%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
167 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+23%
136 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
215 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
203 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
245 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+37%
179 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+367%
1.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+17%
3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
126 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
115 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
215 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+18%
182 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 33,152,598 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 12.2 % Insanely higher market share.
+122,100%
Value
Value For Money
39.9 % 41.9 % Slightly better value.
+5%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % 92 % Much more popular.
+33%
Price
Price (score)
$289 $40 Hugely cheaper.
+86%
Age
Newest
65 Months Much more recent.
+36%
101 Months
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 1TB
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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 allows 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) November 2020 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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