Release date: Q2 2012.

Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 12,305 user samples
8,165 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 67% 702GB free (System drive)
Poor: 67% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 1015
4,140 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 42% 466GB free
Worst Bench: 13% 310GB free
Poor: 13% Great: 42%
SPEED RANK: 722nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
94.6 % Hugely faster effective speed.
30.2 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
175 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
51.8 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
52.5 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.65 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.4 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.2 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
1.42 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
106 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
24.1 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.58 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
0.46 MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
154 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
53.3 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
217 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
74.6 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
192 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
73 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.9 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
0.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
4.95 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
1.7 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
39.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.8 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
0.6 MB/s
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
196 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
74 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 53,565,028 HDDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % Hugely higher market share.
0.01 %
Value For Money
7.05 % Better value.
5.76 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % Slightly more popular.
50 %
Price (score)
$268 $52 Hugely cheaper.
147 Months 127+ Months More recent.
1TB 500GB

There is no doubt that the 1TB WD Raptor this is one of the fastest mechanical drives you can buy, however ... an SSD offers orders of magnitude better performance. In terms of price, the class leading 1TB Samsung 840 Evo costs around £360 vs. £185 for the Raptor. An economical approach would be to spend £130 on a blazingly fast budget SSD and £50 on a 1TB Seagate 7400.14. You would end up with 1.25TB for £180, the same price as a Raptor. Unless you need a full TB in one physical drive, the combination of SSD+1TB regular fixed drive makes a lot more sense. Even if prices for the Raptor dropped by around 50% it would still make little sense in today's market and with SSD prices continuing to march lower it's just a matter of time before the Raptor once again faces extinction... [Mar '14 HDrivePro]


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