Average Bench: 25.8% (146th of 639)

more Based on 30,118 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: 25.8% Great: 44%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 1TB averaged 74.2% 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 Write Speed 1.65MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 55.3MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 1TB is 32.3%. 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 0.52MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 58.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 30,118 samples)
Min Avg Max
24.3 Read 58.7 106
18.5 Write 55.2 106
18.3 Mixed 36.9 60.5
19.2 SusWrite 55.3 105
69% 51.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.52 0.7
0.4 4K Write 1.65 2.3
0.3 4K Mixed 0.71 0.9
82.2% 0.96 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
286GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 85 88 88 88 85 MB/s
Read 86.8
Write 85.8
Mixed 48
SusWrite 86.8
103% 76.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.6
77% 0.93 MB/s
352GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 82 82 81 82 81 MB/s
Read 78.3
Write 80
Mixed 48.5
SusWrite 81.3
97% 72 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
104% 1.17 MB/s
279GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 72 71 73 74 73 74 MB/s
Read 88.7
Write 89.3
Mixed 51.9
SusWrite 72.8
101% 75.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.6
66% 0.73 MB/s
546GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 38 37 36 35 39 38 MB/s
Read 68.6
Write 40.6
Mixed 35.6
SusWrite 37.1
57% 45.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
59% 0.7 MB/s
325GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 36 36 37 38 37 37 MB/s
Read 36.8
Write 35
Mixed 28.9
SusWrite 36.9
47% 34.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
84% 1 MB/s
120GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 19 18 19 18 19 19 MB/s
Read 36.5
Write 35.2
Mixed 27.2
SusWrite 18.8
39% 29.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
80% 0.97 MB/s
839GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 24 23 24 24 24 24 MB/s
Read 24.8
Write 23.4
Mixed 18.8
SusWrite 23.7
31% 22.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
90% 1.03 MB/s
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