Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2,735,930 user samples
189,080 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 68% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 31% 971GB free
Poor: 31% Great: 68%
SPEED RANK: 299th / 1015
2,546,850 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 1GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 66th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
50.6 % 82.4 % Much faster effective speed.
+63%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
90.3 MB/s 154 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+71%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
84.8 MB/s 138 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+63%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.75 MB/s 1.18 MB/s Much faster random read.
+57%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.61 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+52%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
66.8 MB/s 88.9 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+33%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.62 MB/s 1.07 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+73%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
85.9 MB/s 133 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+55%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
123 MB/s 201 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+63%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s 177 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+57%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+30%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
97.2 MB/s 116 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+19%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+50%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
116 MB/s 182 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+57%
Market Share
Based on 39,757,553 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.32 % 12 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,638%
Value
Value For Money
20.2 % 48.5 % Hugely better value.
+139%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 62 % More popular.
+19%
Price
Price (score)
$100 $34 Much cheaper.
+66%
Age
Newest
124 Months 110 Months More recent.
+11%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The Western Digital Green (EARX) was released approximately three years ago and proved to be an extremely popular hard drive. This drive has been benchmarked by our users far more than most, currently 118 samples, so we have a relatively large set of performance data from which we can infer robust performance characteristics. With sequential read/write Lab speeds hitting the 150 MB/s mark, and more importantly, average read/write UserBenchMark (UBM) figures of 125/117 MB/s the 2011 WD Green is no longer able to compete with the newer and in many cases larger platter (1TB) drives of today. Looking at a direct comparison between the EARX and, its direct successor, the EZRX shows that the newer 2012 EZRX outperforms by around 37% in real world tests and 18% in peak Lab tests. This additional performance comes at no extra cost and makes the newer EZRX a far better choice. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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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 i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-10700K $317Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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