WDWD10EALS
WDWD1003FZEX

Release date: Q1 2010.

Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 110,424 user samples
6,549 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 35% 244GB free
Poor: 35% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 222nd / 1015
103,875 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 427GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 67th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
57.1 % 83.1 % Much faster effective speed.
+45%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
105 MB/s 154 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+47%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
96.5 MB/s 140 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+45%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.06 MB/s 1.23 MB/s Faster random read.
+16%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.99 MB/s 2.48 MB/s Faster random write.
+25%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.1 MB/s 88.8 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+23%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.86 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+28%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
93.9 MB/s 135 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+44%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
136 MB/s 200 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+47%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 175 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+37%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.4 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+7%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s 3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+20%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
97.1 MB/s 113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+16%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+20%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
129 MB/s 178 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+38%
Market Share
Based on 17,817,471 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.03 % 0.93 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,000%
Value
Value For Money
8.4 % 36.7 % Hugely better value.
+337%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 75 % Much more popular.
+39%
Price
Price (score)
$195 $65 Much cheaper.
+67%
Age
Newest
112 Months 68 Months Much more recent.
+39%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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This version (WD10EALS) of Western Digital's mid-range blue series drive is nearly four years old and as such not a good choice as a new purchase. This drive operates at 7200 RPM and has two 500GB platters which allow it to sustain reasonable sequential transfer rates of up to 180 MB/s read and 140 MB/s write. Average transfer rates are below this by nearly 50% and this version of the blue exhibits particularly weak throughputs of just 50 MB/s when faced with mixed IO (simultaneous reading and writing). Overall as a new purchase the newer single platter 1TB Blue 2012 Blue (WD10EZEX) is a far better choice and offers nearly 20% better average performance. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]

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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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