Average Bench: 24.9% (152nd of 639)

more Based on 18,693 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: 11%Average: 24.9% Great: 44%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 1TB averaged 75.0% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.64MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 53.6MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 1TB is 33.1%. 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 55.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 18,693 samples)
Min Avg Max
22.3 Read 55.7 104
20 Write 52.7 104
16.9 Mixed 35.7 60
16.8 SusWrite 53.6 104
66.3% 49.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.52 0.7
0.4 4K Write 1.64 2.2
0.4 4K Mixed 0.71 0.9
81.9% 0.96 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
451GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 38 39 39 39 39 39 MB/s
Read 37.5
Write 39.2
Mixed 29
SusWrite 38.9
49% 36.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
87% 1.03 MB/s
207GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 38 39 39 39 39 39 MB/s
Read 48.4
Write 44.6
Mixed 34.2
SusWrite 38.8
55% 41.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.6
63% 0.73 MB/s
275GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 35 36 34 36 36 36 MB/s
Read 36.8
Write 34.7
Mixed 27.8
SusWrite 35.3
45% 33.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.6
67% 0.87 MB/s
232GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 33 33 33 32 32 32 MB/s
Read 34.7
Write 30.3
Mixed 23.2
SusWrite 32.4
40% 30.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.6
70% 0.83 MB/s
795GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 21 22 22 22 19 19 MB/s
Read 36
Write 36.8
Mixed 28.5
SusWrite 20.5
40% 30.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
80% 0.97 MB/s
318GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.2 3.6 4 6.4 5.7 5.8 MB/s
Read 9.7
Write 4.9
Mixed 7.1
SusWrite 5.1
8% 6.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.1
4K Mixed 0.1
7% 0.1 MB/s
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