Average Bench: 57.8% (214th of 1015)

more Based on 9,095 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD10EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-00Z, WDC WD10 EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10 EALS-002BA0, WDC WD10EALS-002, WDC WD10 EALS-08Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-00F6B0, WDC WD10EALS-08Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-002BA0

This version (WD10EALS) of Western Digital's mid-range blue series drive is nearly four years old and as such not a good choice as a new purchase. This drive operates at 7200 RPM and has two 500GB platters which allow it to sustain reasonable sequential transfer rates of up to 180 MB/s read and 140 MB/s write. Average transfer rates are below this by nearly 50% and this version of the blue exhibits particularly weak throughputs of just 50 MB/s when faced with mixed IO (simultaneous reading and writing). Overall as a new purchase the newer single platter 1TB Blue 2012 Blue (WD10EZEX) is a far better choice and offers nearly 20% better average performance. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]

Average average bench

The WD Blue 1TB (2010) averaged 42.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.86MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.06MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 41.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Blue 1TB (2010) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 74MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 96.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,095 samples)
Min Avg Max
59 Read 104 136
47.7 Write 97.7 126
39.3 Mixed 74 99.6
45.2 SusWrite 96.6 131
68.8% 93.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 1.06 1.3
0.8 4K Write 1.99 2.5
0.6 4K Mixed 0.86 1
176% 1.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
46GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 107 109 110 111 110 MB/s
Read 112
Write 97.5
Mixed 66.3
SusWrite 109
71% 96.2 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
189% 1.4 MB/s
523GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 108 108 109 109 110 MB/s
Read 108
Write 109
Mixed 88.7
SusWrite 109
77% 104 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.27 MB/s
64GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 90 85 79 80 77 MB/s
Read 99
Write 99
Mixed 81.8
SusWrite 83.6
67% 90.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
168% 1.27 MB/s
632GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 96 16 25 19 63 MB/s
Read 118
Write 108
Mixed 76.5
SusWrite 51.4
66% 88.4 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 1
181% 1.13 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 32,065,032 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $63 @ launch in Feb '10
AmazonUS $1343 months
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Desktop 82%
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Workstation
Workstation 47%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H - $72

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $487

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