Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,249,598 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
144,544 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 683GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 30th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.4 % 88.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s +1% 153 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s 161 MB/s Faster write speed.
+15%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.19 MB/s Faster random read.
+25%
0.95 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.47 MB/s 3.04 MB/s Faster random write.
+23%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
89.3 MB/s +3% 86.7 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.07 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+13%
0.95 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s 155 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+15%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s +4% 194 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s 207 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+17%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+36%
1.1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s 3.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+17%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
113 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
105 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
1.1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
185 MB/s 199 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+8%
Market Share
Based on 53,306,243 HDDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
13.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,622%
0.78 %
Value
Value For Money
47.7 % 73.5 % Much better value.
+54%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
64 % More popular.
+12%
57 %
Price
Price (score)
$35 Cheaper.
+27%
$48
Age
Newest
142 Months 126 Months More recent.
+11%
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 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 current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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Intel Core i5-13600K $279Nvidia RTX 4060 $300Crucial MX500 250GB $40
Intel Core i5-12400F $134Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $385Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-12600K $184Nvidia RTX 4070 $409Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $40SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $43SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $51G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $351SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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