Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,879,649 user samples
1,197,196 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 921GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 725GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 66th / 1015
682,453 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 522GB free
Poor: 53% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.6 % 87.7 % +5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s 158 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
143 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
133 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.18 MB/s Much faster random read.
+53%
0.77 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+49%
1.64 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.9 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+17%
75.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.08 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+38%
0.78 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
134 MB/s 147 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+10%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s 202 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s 187 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.
+36%
2.2 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
89.5 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
181 MB/s 202 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 19,211,884 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.1 % Hugely higher market share.
+99%
5.57 %
Value
Value For Money
39.6 % 45 % Slightly better value.
+14%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
85 % Slightly more popular.
+9%
78 %
Price
Price (score)
$42 $39 Slightly cheaper.
+8%
Age
Newest
86 Months Slightly more recent.
+8%
93 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 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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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) August 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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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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Intel Core i5-9400F $140AMD RX 580 $169Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $86
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