Average Bench: 23.9% (172nd of 639)

more Based on 11,793 user benchmarks.  Devices: VID 1058 PID 1048, VID 1058 PID 107c, VID 1058 PID 10b8, VID 1058 PID 1021 Models: WD Elements 1048, WD Elements 107C, WD Elements 10B8, WD Ext HDD 1021

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 2TB averaged 76.0% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.63MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 50.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 2TB is 33.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Elements 2TB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.51MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.2MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 11,793 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.4 Read 53.3 110
22.1 Write 50.8 111
13.2 Mixed 42.3 93.2
61.7% 48.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.28 4K Read 0.51 0.83
0.37 4K Write 1.63 2.31
0.14 4K Mixed 0.2 0.28
64% 0.78 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1TB free, PID 1048
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 105
Write 92.5
Mixed 69.8
110% 89 MB/s
4K Read 0.49
4K Write 1.84
4K Mixed 0.18
71% 0.84 MB/s
1TB free, PID 1048
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 94.4
Write 93.2
Mixed 66
106% 84.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.37
4K Write 1.63
4K Mixed 0.19
63% 0.73 MB/s
329GB free, PID 10b8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 70
Write 74
Mixed 57.4
86% 67.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 1.61
4K Mixed 0.19
63% 0.75 MB/s
322GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 36.3
Write 37.5
Mixed 14.4
36% 29.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.54
4K Write 2.14
4K Mixed 0.2
82% 0.96 MB/s
276GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 26.5
Write 22.6
Mixed 20
29% 23 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.48
4K Mixed 0.17
58% 0.75 MB/s
686GB free, PID 10b8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 0.93
Write 0.77
Mixed 0.84
1% 0.85 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 0.56
4K Mixed 0.17
26% 0.34 MB/s
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Desktop 84%
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Workstation 65%

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,225

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