Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,220,579 user samples
5,024 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 768GB free
Worst Bench: 67% 459GB free
Poor: 67% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 27th / 1015
1,215,555 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 840GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 854GB free (System drive)
Poor: 55% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
83.9 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
168 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
157 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
154 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
143 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.64 MB/s Much faster random read.
1.2 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.24 MB/s Much faster random write.
2.48 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
101 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
88.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.56 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
1.09 MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
147 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
135 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
208 MB/s +1% 205 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
178 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.9 MB/s Faster peak random read.
1.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
4.9 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
3 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
132 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
115 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.8 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
1.2 MB/s
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
186 MB/s +3% 181 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 19,941,551 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.03 % 11.1 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
14 % 44.8 % Hugely better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 86 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$65 $37 Much cheaper.
69+ Months More recent.
87 Months
500GB 1TB

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 allow 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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2019 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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