Average Bench: 25.7% (146th of 639)

more Based on 26,845 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
Poor: 13%Average: 25.7% Great: 48%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 2TB 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 1.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 54.1MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 2TB is 34.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Elements 2TB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 56.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 26,845 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.8 Read 56.6 114
19.5 Write 53.6 116
18.9 Mixed 37.5 75.7
18.4 SusWrite 54.1 110
67.8% 50.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.7 0.9
0.5 4K Write 1.8 2.4
0.4 4K Mixed 0.73 1
88.8% 1.08 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
46GB free, PID 10b8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 59 58 59 59 59 MB/s
Read 84.7
Write 84.7
Mixed 49
SusWrite 58.8
91% 69.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.8
97% 1.1 MB/s
54GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 35 35 35 36 36 36 MB/s
Read 31.5
Write 35
Mixed 29.5
SusWrite 35.4
45% 32.8 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
120% 1.5 MB/s
243GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 39 39 39 39 39 MB/s
Read 37
Write 36.8
Mixed 28.3
SusWrite 38.2
48% 35.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.6
77% 0.9 MB/s
9GB free, PID 1021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 31 30 30 33 33 32 MB/s
Read 35.3
Write 29.5
Mixed 25.7
SusWrite 31.6
41% 30.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.5
73% 0.83 MB/s
1TB free, PID 10b8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 26 26 25 26 26 25 MB/s
Read 30.9
Write 24.8
Mixed 24.6
SusWrite 25.7
35% 26.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.6
84% 0.97 MB/s
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