Real World Speed
Performance profile from 18,195 user samples
14,413 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 40% 706GB free (System drive)
Poor: 40% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 152nd / 1015
3,782 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 121% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 2TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 121%
SPEED RANK: 11th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
66.7 % 93.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+40%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
119 MB/s 155 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+30%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
114 MB/s 199 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+75%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.74 MB/s 4.67 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+531%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.17 MB/s 3.21 MB/s Much faster random write.
+48%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
61.5 MB/s 103 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+67%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.88 MB/s 1.02 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+16%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
113 MB/s 170 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+50%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s 214 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+39%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s 247 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+68%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 7.1 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+610%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.7 MB/s 3.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+30%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
79.8 MB/s 127 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+59%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+10%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
149 MB/s 216 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+45%
Market Share
Based on 39,648,909 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.07 % Hugely higher market share.
+600%
0.01 %
Value
Value For Money
33.4 % 38.9 % Better value.
+17%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 55 % Slightly more popular.
+6%
Price
Price (score)
$80 Much cheaper.
+72%
$289
Age
Newest
84 Months 73 Months More recent.
+13%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 6TB
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The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '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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  • 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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  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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