Average Bench: 25.3% (146th of 639)

more Based on 16,848 user benchmarks.  Devices: VID 1058 PID 1042, VID 1058 PID 10b8, VID 1058 PID 10a8, VID 1058 PID 1023, VID 1058 PID 10a2, VID 1058 PID 1078, VID 1058 PID 1048, VID 1058 PID 1021 Models: WD Elements 1042, WD Elements 1078, WD Elements 1023, WD Elements 10A2, WD Elements 1048, WD Elements 10B8, WD Elements 10A8, WD Ext HDD 1021
Poor: 12%Average: 25.3% Great: 43%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 1TB averaged 74.7% 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-64Thread Write Speed 175MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 131MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 1TB is 31%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Elements 1TB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.57MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 55.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 16,848 samples)
Min Avg Max
24.7 Read 55.1 104
20.2 Write 51.9 104
17.7 Mixed 35.4 60
18.7 SusWrite 52.9 103
65.5% 48.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.57 0.8
0.49 4K Write 1.82 2.2
0.4 4K Mixed 0.77 0.9
90.3% 1.06 MB/s
Min Avg Max
353 DQ Read 353 353
175 DQ Write 175 175
131 DQ Mixed 131 131
11,709% 220 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
652GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 99 98 97 97 97 MB/s
Read 100
Write 103
Mixed 60.5
SusWrite 97.3
122% 90.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
97% 1.1 MB/s
516GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 86 87 87 86 87 MB/s
Read 84.7
Write 36
Mixed 38.5
SusWrite 86.8
79% 61.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
40% 0.57 MB/s
38GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 58 61 59 61 52 MB/s
Read 83.5
Write 84.2
Mixed 46
SusWrite 58.4
90% 68 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
100% 1.13 MB/s
426GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 57 46 47 64 60 64 MB/s
Read 86.5
Write 85.5
Mixed 49
SusWrite 56.4
91% 69.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.6
70% 0.8 MB/s
83GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 31 29 30 34 37 37 MB/s
Read 37
Write 37.5
Mixed 22
SusWrite 33.1
43% 32.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.5
81% 1.03 MB/s
303GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 29 31 30 30 32 31 MB/s
Read 32
Write 25.4
Mixed 24.7
SusWrite 30.5
38% 28.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
71% 0.9 MB/s
125GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 6.2 6.7 7.1 6.5 6.5 7.8 MB/s
Read 6.2
Write 6.5
Mixed 6.2
SusWrite 6.8
9% 6.43 MB/s
4K Read 0
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0.1
14% 0.13 MB/s
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