Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2,709,934 user samples
55,047 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 41% 1.5TB free
Poor: 41% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 155th / 1015
2,654,887 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 790GB free (System drive)
Poor: 55% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 53rd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
66.2 % 84.7 % Faster effective speed.
+28%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
121 MB/s 155 MB/s Faster read speed.
+28%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
111 MB/s 139 MB/s Faster write speed.
+25%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s 1.19 MB/s Much faster random read.
+51%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+6%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
73.1 MB/s 89.1 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+22%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.07 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+19%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
110 MB/s 140 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+27%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s 201 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+27%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s 177 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+23%
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
2.7 MB/s 3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+11%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
93.4 MB/s 113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+20%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
147 MB/s 183 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+24%
Market Share
Based on 40,764,209 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % 11.3 % Insanely higher market share.
+5,545%
Value
Value For Money
37.8 % 48.4 % Better value.
+28%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 62 % More popular.
+19%
Price
Price (score)
$70 $35 Much cheaper.
+50%
Age
Newest
110 Months +1% 111 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group average significantly in terms of overall performance. With an average read speed of 108 MB/s the 2TB Red is 36% slower than the group leaders which manage an average of 147 MB/s. There is a huge amount of hype around the "NAS" aspects of these drives but there is very little substance in terms of specific characteristics that make this drive better suited to a NAS than any other. The obvious factors such as energy efficiency and operating temperature are only marginally improved on these drives. I would personally prefer one of the far better performing Seagate Barracudas as when looking at a direct comparison of the Barracuda vs the Red it's clear that the performance of the Barracuda is better across the board. [Feb '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) September 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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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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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 i7-11700K $394Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $74SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $77SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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