Real World Speed
Performance profile from 4,667,463 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
1,562,409 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 427GB free (System drive)
Poor: 55% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 27th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.4 % 89.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 158 MB/s +2%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+5%
133 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.19 MB/s Much faster random read.
+53%
0.78 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s Much faster random write.
+52%
1.62 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
89.3 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+15%
77.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.07 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+39%
0.77 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s 153 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+13%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s +0% 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s 186 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+5%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+43%
2.1 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
89.4 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 201 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+9%
Market Share
Based on 53,416,063 HDDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
13.9 % Hugely higher market share.
+192%
4.77 %
Value
Value For Money
52.2 % 66.1 % Better value.
+27%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
64 % More popular.
+10%
58 %
Price
Price (score)
$32 $27 Cheaper.
+16%
Age
Newest
143 Months +5% 150 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 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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The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 2024 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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Intel Core i5-12600K $176Nvidia RTX 4060 $293Crucial MX500 250GB $39
Intel Core i5-12400F $128Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $385Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-13600K $260Nvidia RTX 4070 $550Samsung 870 Evo 250GB $45
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $40SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $32Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $48SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $62G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $351SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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