Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,105,054 user samples
3,105,054 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 916GB free
Worst Bench: 52% 59GB free
Poor: 52% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 60th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.4 % 87.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 155 MB/s +0%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s +3% 136 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.19 MB/s Much faster random read.
+39%
0.86 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s Faster random write.
+24%
1.99 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
89.3 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+13%
79.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.07 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+28%
0.83 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s 150 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+11%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s +2% 199 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s 180 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+45%
1.03 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+22%
2.47 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
93.6 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+20%
1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
185 MB/s 195 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+5%
Market Share
Based on 53,513,193 HDDs tested
User Rating
UBM User Rating
64 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
59.6 %
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
14.3 % Hugely higher market share.
+306%
3.53 %
Price
Price (score)
$35 Much cheaper.
+67%
58.3 USD
Value
Value For Money
47.7 % 60.2 % Better value.
+26%
Age
Newest
144 Months 120 Months More recent.
+20%
Capacity
Capacity
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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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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