Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,109,031 user samples
2,961,831 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 315GB free
Worst Bench: 45% 853GB free (System drive)
Poor: 45% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 1015
147,200 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 937GB free (System drive)
Poor: 59% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.1 % 86.7 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
151 MB/s +1% 150 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
137 MB/s 160 MB/s Faster write speed.
+17%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.18 MB/s Faster random read.
+26%
0.94 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.42 MB/s 3.04 MB/s Faster random write.
+26%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.1 MB/s +3% 85.7 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.06 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+10%
0.96 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s 152 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+13%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
193 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
176 MB/s 206 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 3.4 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+13%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
115 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+11%
104 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
184 MB/s 198 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+8%
Market Share
Based on 45,353,866 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
12.3 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,910%
0.61 %
Value
Value For Money
47 % Slightly better value.
+8%
43.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % More popular.
+11%
57 %
Price
Price (score)
$35 Much cheaper.
+56%
$80
Age
Newest
120 Months 104 Months More recent.
+13%
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) June 2022 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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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • 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 i5-12600K $280Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-12400F $160Nvidia RTX 3050 $250Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $111
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $33Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $63SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $67SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $71G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $470SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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