Average Bench: 23.5% (168th of 632)

more Based on 9,706 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 76.5% 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 1.59MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 49.4MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 2TB is 30.6%. 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 0.49MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.2MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 9,706 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.4 Read 53 106
22.8 Write 49.4 103
13.3 Mixed 41.7 93.6
60.6% 48.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.28 4K Read 0.49 0.83
0.36 4K Write 1.59 2.24
0.13 4K Mixed 0.2 0.28
62.5% 0.76 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
868GB free, PID 10b8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 103
Write 98.7
Mixed 94.7
126% 98.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 1.87
4K Mixed 0.16
71% 0.83 MB/s
196GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 38.8
Write 35
Mixed 37
47% 37 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 1.45
4K Mixed 0.22
58% 0.71 MB/s
339GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 34.5
Write 31.3
Mixed 32
42% 32.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.38
4K Write 1.42
4K Mixed 0.16
55% 0.66 MB/s
190GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 33.8
Write 34.8
Mixed 16.2
35% 28.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.09
4K Mixed 0.12
42% 0.54 MB/s
153GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 34.7
Write 30.7
Mixed 26
38% 30.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.34
4K Write 1.22
4K Mixed 0.19
49% 0.58 MB/s
0GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 18
Write 17.9
Mixed 17.6
23% 17.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.37
4K Write 1.49
4K Mixed 0.31
62% 0.72 MB/s
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Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 65%
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Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $1,194

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