Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,295,712 user samples
985,877 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 126GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 58th / 1010
309,835 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 1.5TB free (System drive)
Poor: 46% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.5 % 89.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 158 MB/s +2%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
141 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
132 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.18 MB/s Much faster random read.
+71%
0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.43 MB/s Much faster random write.
+49%
1.63 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.2 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+18%
73.6 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.07 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+49%
0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
136 MB/s 154 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+13%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s 203 MB/s +0%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s 183 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+67%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+58%
1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
112 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+29%
86.8 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
181 MB/s 203 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 15,860,897 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.2 % Hugely higher market share.
+261%
3.1 %
Value
Value For Money
55.2 % 87.6 % Much better value.
+59%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
84 % Much more popular.
+33%
63 %
Price
Price (score)
$43 Cheaper.
+26%
$58
Age
Newest
81 Months Slightly more recent.
+10%
90 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 2TB
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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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If you are specifically looking for a 2TB Hard Drive, the Barracuda is both a solid performer and offers reasonable value for money. That said, It probably makes more sense to go for the 3TB version which, thanks to economies of scale, represents significantly better value for money. With the 3TB Barracuda you get 50% more storage and approximately the same performance for just 20% more money. [Sep '13 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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 i7-8700K $380Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $120Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
Intel Core i5-8600K $260Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $88
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $105SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $716SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $120SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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