Average Bench: 55.4% (246th of 1010)

more Based on 4,157 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD10EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-00Z, WDC WD10 EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10 EALS-002BA0, WDC WD10EALS-002, 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]

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Average average bench

The WD Blue 1TB (2010) averaged 44.6% 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 0.84MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.03MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 37.5%. 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 72.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 91MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,157 samples)
Min Avg Max
56.2 Read 102 133
42.2 Write 94.2 125
39.7 Mixed 72.5 97.3
39.3 SusWrite 91 127
66.3% 89.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 1.03 1.4
0.74 4K Write 1.93 2.5
0.5 4K Mixed 0.84 1
172% 1.27 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
712GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 123 125 127 127 127 MB/s
Read 115
Write 110
Mixed 88.4
SusWrite 126
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
193% 1.43 MB/s
121GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 109 111 112 111 112 MB/s
Read 117
Write 109
Mixed 80.8
SusWrite 111
77% 104 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1
180% 1.2 MB/s
29GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 89 84 77 78 83 MB/s
Read 91.5
Write 85
Mixed 59
SusWrite 82.7
59% 79.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
180% 1.37 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,407,937 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $63 @ launch in Feb '10
AmazonUS $19511 days
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Typical Blue 1TB (2010) Builds (Compare 25,375 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $585

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $130Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $243Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $103
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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