Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2,756,698 user samples
2,546,850 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 1GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1015
209,848 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 104GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 54th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.4 % 84.3 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s 155 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
138 MB/s 138 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.18 MB/s 1.23 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.44 MB/s 2.47 MB/s +1%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.9 MB/s 88.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.07 MB/s 1.09 MB/s +2%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
133 MB/s 139 MB/s +5%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s 205 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s 179 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s 1.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s 3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
116 MB/s +2% 114 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s 1.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
182 MB/s 182 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 39,631,365 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
11.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,506%
0.71 %
Value
Value For Money
48.5 % Hugely better value.
+110%
23.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
58 %
Price
Price (score)
$34 Much cheaper.
+53%
$73
Age
Newest
109 Months 93 Months More recent.
+15%
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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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 2021 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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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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