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 December 2016 HDD Rankings

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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What is the SSD value for money rating?

A measure of real world consumer performance and capacity per unit cost... more

What is effective Hard Drive speed?

A measure of how well a Hard Drive responds to typical consumer access patterns. Toshiba P300 ~= 100%... more

What is the Hard Drive value for money rating?

A measure of real world Hard Drive performance and capacity per unit cost... more

What does MBps mean?

MBps and MB/s refer to megabytes per second which are units of data transfer speed... more

How big is 16GB?

Approximately enough space to hold 3,200 mp3 audio files... more

What is AS SSD real world copy speed?

The speed at which files can be copied from from one directory to another on the same drive... more

What is 4K random read speed?

A measure of how quickly multiple small files can be read from a device... more

What is 4K random write speed?

A measure of how quickly multiple small files can be written to a device... more

What is queue depth?

The number of simultaneous requests on a drive's request queue... more

What is incompressible data?

Data that cannot be compressed e.g. most music, video and image file formats... more

What is sequential read speed?

A measure of how quickly large files can be read from a device... more

What is sequential write speed?

A measure of how quickly large files can be written to a device... more

What’s the difference between NAND and V-NAND?

NAND and V-NAND are both types of flash memory which is a class of non-volatile memory that retains data even in the absence of an electrical current... more

What’s the difference between SATA, PCIe and NVMe?

SATA and PCIe are both transfer interfaces whereas NVMe is a transfer protocol which runs on top of an interface... more

What is 3D XPoint and how fast is it?

3D XPoint is the name given by Intel and Micron to the upcoming new class of non-volatile memory for SSDs and the like... more

What’s the difference between SLC, MLC and TLC?

In terms or write performance, durability and price SLC > MLC > TLC... more

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Max Avg Min 95.2 52.7 10.5 116 76.9 48.3 9.9 0.82 0 227 173 104 249 163 104 86 42 10 279 115 47
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $49
The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capabl...
52.4 %34th89.4 %8th8.6 %2nd195 MB/s16th184 MB/s16th61 Months48th$492nd
WD Black 1TB (2013) $77
This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years o...
32.5 %48th87.3 %14th1.4 %9th198 MB/s10th179 MB/s20th38 Months24th$7718th
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $50
This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. ...
50.2 %37th87.5 %13th9.9 %1st199 MB/s7th177 MB/s21st54 Months44th$503rd
WD Black 6TB (2015) $279
128 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 131% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 90% 2.5TB free
71.6 %14th116 %1st0.1 %33rd227 MB/s1st249 MB/s1st18 Months13th$27960th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB $85
This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been ...
89.7 %2nd88.6 %11th1.8 %7th199 MB/s7th184 MB/s16th63 Months49th$8524th
WD Black 2TB (2013) $95
This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that co...
52.1 %35th86.1 %16th0.6 %17th186 MB/s22nd197 MB/s3rd38 Months24th$9532nd
WD VelociRaptor 1TB $268
There is no doubt that the 1TB WD Raptor this is one of the fastest mechanical drives you can buy, however ... an SSD offers orders of magnitude better performance. ...
10.5 %60th98.6 %2nd0.1 %33rd227 MB/s1st193 MB/s5th56 Months46th$26859th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB $73
If you are specifically looking for a 2TB Hard Drive, the Barracuda is both a solid performer and offers reasonable value for money. That said, It probably makes mor...
70.1 %15th89.1 %9th4.9 %3rd200 MB/s6th185 MB/s14th63 Months49th$7316th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" 1TB $69
The Laptop (9.5mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and like its younger sibling (Laptop Thin) comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. Apart from capacity and d...
22.9 %53rd55.1 %56th0.7 %15th117 MB/s57th116 MB/s56th45 Months34th$6911th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 1TB $70
The ST1000DX001 is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). There is 8GB of MLC NAND flash built into this model which helps facilitate better performance than a purely mech...
34.8 %47th84.9 %21st0.7 %15th190 MB/s19th192 MB/s8th40 Months28th$7014th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB $90
The Seagate Desktop SSHD is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). The 8GBs of MLC NAND flash built into this model help facilitate better performance than a purely mechan...
54.3 %32nd85.2 %20th0.8 %13th193 MB/s18th193 MB/s5th40 Months28th$9029th
Toshiba P300 3TB $88
518 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 66% 2GB free
95.2 %1st97.2 %3rd0.2 %27th203 MB/s5th195 MB/s4th14 Months2nd$8827th
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB $47
The 1TB Toshiba DT01ACA100 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. With a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and peak/idle power consumption of 6.4/3.7 Watts the DT01ACA100 is a reas...
51.2 %36th84 %22nd2.6 %4th180 MB/s25th181 MB/s18th47 Months37th$471st
Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB $69
The 2TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. This model sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and is reasonably power efficient for a 2TB desktop drive co...
75.1 %10th90.3 %6th1.4 %9th197 MB/s13th189 MB/s10th47 Months37th$6913th
WD Black 1TB (2010) $92
The WD Black (2010) is not a great performer, at least not in today's market. With peak sequential read/writes of 162/129 MB/s the Black lags particularly at writing...
18.8 %54th60.1 %52nd2.2 %6th154 MB/s50th127 MB/s51st82 Months58th$9230th
WD Blue 1TB (2015) $50
900 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 52% 931GB free
41.6 %43rd73.2 %38th0.2 %27th165 MB/s41st150 MB/s42nd19 Months14th$505th
Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB $130
383 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 3.5TB free
72.9 %12th82.5 %24th0.1 %33rd174 MB/s29th173 MB/s23rd25 Months15th$13041st
HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB $155
The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve ...
58.1 %27th78.3 %30th0.1 %33rd170 MB/s33rd163 MB/s33rd36 Months23rd$15548th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB $220
1,746 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 927GB free
40 %45th76.6 %33rd0.2 %27th168 MB/s38th172 MB/s24th40 Months28th$22057th
Toshiba Notebook SSHD 2.5" 1TB $117
The Toshiba MQ01ABD100H SSHD is a 1TB 5,400 RPM HDD with 8GB of NAND flash. The NAND acts as a high speed cache and gives the drive some SSD-like performance charact...
16.2 %56th66.1 %49th0 %47th170 MB/s33rd121 MB/s54th41 Months31st$11738th
WD Blue 4TB (2015) $105
660 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 51% 3TB free
80 %8th73.2 %39th0.2 %27th156 MB/s48th154 MB/s38th16 Months10th$10536th
WD Red Pro 4TB (2014) $229
The new 4TB WD Red Pro is an upgraded version of WD's popular Red NAS (Network Attached Storage). The Pro Reds have a rotation speed of 7200 RPM unlike their regular...
43.5 %42nd86.7 %15th0 %47th218 MB/s3rd175 MB/s22nd29 Months17th$22958th
WD Red 2TB (2012) $84
The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group av...
46.3 %39th67.7 %46th0.3 %24th170 MB/s33rd145 MB/s47th53 Months42nd$8423rd
Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB $88
The 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle p...
88.1 %3rd89.5 %7th0.5 %18th196 MB/s15th190 MB/s9th47 Months37th$8825th
Seagate Video SV35.6 Series 2TB $80
In terms of specs, price and age the Video SV35.6 appears to be identical to its 2TB Barracuda 7200.14 sibling. We have only seen nine user samples for the SV35.6 so...
61.5 %19th85.7 %18th0.1 %33rd195 MB/s16th187 MB/s12th60 Months47th$8020th
WD Red 3TB (2012) $100
With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Netwo...
59.8 %23rd69.5 %42nd0.4 %21st171 MB/s32nd148 MB/s44th53 Months42nd$10033rd
Toshiba P300 1TB $50
1,081 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 890GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 677GB free
52.7 %33rd91.8 %5th0.2 %27th198 MB/s10th189 MB/s10th14 Months2nd$503rd
WD Purple 2TB (2014) $80
The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that sep...
47.2 %38th65.7 %50th0.1 %33rd140 MB/s52nd147 MB/s45th29 Months17th$8020th
WD Black 4TB (2012) $197
I don't understand the pricing on this drive, on the face of it, it looks seriously overpriced. Although the Black has a marginal speed advantage compared to a 3TB B...
44.1 %41st75.8 %34th0.1 %33rd169 MB/s36th155 MB/s37th49 Months40th$19753rd
WD Green 3TB (2011) $93
Compared to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB there are no tangible upsides to this drive. The ONLY benefit seems to be a 2W power saving whilst the drive is active...
59.5 %24th64.3 %51st0.8 %13th155 MB/s49th142 MB/s49th68 Months51st$9331st
WD Green 2TB (2011) $120
The Western Digital Green (EARX) was released approximately three years ago and proved to be an extremely popular hard drive. This drive has been benchmarked by our ...
24.3 %51st50.9 %59th1.5 %8th123 MB/s55th114 MB/s58th68 Months51st$12039th
Toshiba X300 4TB $130
159 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 101% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 40GB free
75.7 %9th85.7 %19th0.1 %33rd180 MB/s25th181 MB/s18th14 Months2nd$13041st
WD Blue 3TB (2015) $89
1,290 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 2TB free
71.7 %13th74.1 %36th0.2 %27th167 MB/s40th152 MB/s39th16 Months10th$8928th
WD Blue 2TB (2015) $72
2,710 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 1.5TB free
58.1 %28th72.9 %40th0.5 %18th161 MB/s44th151 MB/s40th16 Months10th$7215th
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) $104
This is Seagate's most recent hard drive and their first 4TB consumer offering. With a rotational speed of just 5,900 RPM it's significantly slower than the 7,200 RP...
86.1 %4th78 %31st0.5 %18th177 MB/s28th167 MB/s28th46 Months36th$10435th
WD Green 2TB (2012) $67
The (WD20EZRX) is Western Digital's latest green drive. I don't see what's green about it considering that it draws 5.5 watts even when idle, which is about average ...
58.3 %25th68.6 %43rd1.2 %12th159 MB/s46th144 MB/s48th52 Months41st$6710th
WD Red 6TB (2014) $220
The 6TB WD Red is one of the first 6TB consumer drives. Sporting five large 1.2TB platters the Red is targeted at consumers for use in 1-8 bay NAS (Network Attached ...
60.2 %22nd76.9 %32nd0.1 %33rd189 MB/s20th165 MB/s31st29 Months17th$22056th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $64
This version (WD10EALS) of Western Digital's mid-range blue series drive is nearly four years old and as such not a good choice as a new purchase. This drive operate...
26.5 %50th59.5 %53rd0.1 %33rd143 MB/s51st127 MB/s51st82 Months58th$649th
Toshiba P300 2TB $80
438 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 2TB free
67.9 %16th94.6 %4th0.1 %33rd199 MB/s7th193 MB/s5th14 Months2nd$8019th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $59
The WD Blue EALX (2010) is sold as an all round desktop drive. This model is nearly four years old now and can't compete against the newer competition. WD superseded...
28.9 %49th59.1 %54th0.4 %21st138 MB/s53rd124 MB/s53rd74 Months56th$598th
WD Black 2TB (2010) $103
The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX mod...
38.1 %46th68.4 %44th0.4 %21st164 MB/s43rd140 MB/s50th72 Months55th$10334th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB $88
The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs...
17.7 %55th54.1 %57th2.5 %5th119 MB/s56th115 MB/s57th71 Months54th$8826th
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 2.5" 500GB $53
The Laptop Thin (7mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. At less than a year old the Laptop Thin is relatively new, bu...
14.2 %58th52.4 %58th0.3 %24th115 MB/s59th113 MB/s59th45 Months34th$536th
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB $80
The 3TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 once delivered performance that rivaled the long established class leaders in this capacity (WD Black included) and at an extremely c...
73.5 %11th68.3 %45th0 %47th160 MB/s45th150 MB/s42nd69 Months53rd$8020th
Toshiba X300 6TB $189
50 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 178GB free
80.1 %7th87.9 %12th0 %47th204 MB/s4th203 MB/s2nd14 Months2nd$18951st
Toshiba MD04ACA500 5TB $154
308 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2.5TB free
80.1 %6th85.9 %17th0 %47th189 MB/s20th185 MB/s14th25 Months15th$15447th
WD Green 4TB (2013) $136
2,696 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 265GB free
Worst Bench: 46% 3TB free
57.2 %31st67.7 %47th0.3 %24th158 MB/s47th147 MB/s45th39 Months26th$13644th
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB $130
353 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 34GB free
65.3 %17th74 %37th0 %47th169 MB/s36th156 MB/s35th42 Months32nd$13041st
Toshiba X300 5TB $149
127 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 4.5TB free
85.8 %5th89.1 %10th0.1 %33rd197 MB/s13th186 MB/s13th14 Months2nd$14946th
WD Red 4TB (2013) $140
1,398 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 0GB free
57.9 %30th70.6 %41st0.1 %33rd165 MB/s41st151 MB/s40th39 Months26th$14045th
WD Red 5TB (2014) $195
95 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 4.5TB free
58.3 %26th79.2 %26th0 %47th198 MB/s10th166 MB/s29th30 Months20th$19552nd
Seagate Momentus XT SSHD 2.5" 500GB $57
The Momentus XT is a 7200 rpm low power Laptop SSHD (Solid State Hard Drive). The XT is one of the early SSHD models and at nearly four years of age it's now over th...
12.1 %59th48.3 %60th0.1 %33rd104 MB/s60th104 MB/s60th79 Months57th$577th
Toshiba E300 3TB $116
21 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 1.5TB free
58.1 %29th78.6 %29th0 %47th173 MB/s30th169 MB/s26th14 Months2nd$11637th
Toshiba E300 2TB $75
44 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 202GB free
60.4 %21st78.9 %27th0 %47th168 MB/s38th158 MB/s34th14 Months2nd$7517th
WD Green 6TB (2014) $213
399 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 398GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 400GB free
61.3 %20th75.8 %35th0 %47th180 MB/s25th168 MB/s27th30 Months20th$21355th
WD Green 5TB (2014) $175
170 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1TB free
64.5 %18th78.7 %28th0 %47th184 MB/s23rd166 MB/s29th30 Months20th$17550th
WD Re 3TB (2012) $170
The WD Re is an enterprise grade Hard Drive which is able to handle up to 550 TB of data transfers per year. The Re drive has a solid performance profile but it only...
41.3 %44th81.6 %25th0 %47th173 MB/s30th164 MB/s32nd55 Months45th$17049th
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $129
The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is over four years old and one of the oldest drives that we have included in our group tests. The reason for its inclusion is that it was on...
14.8 %57th66.3 %48th1.3 %11th135 MB/s54th156 MB/s35th86 Months60th$12940th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" (32GB NAND) 1TB $69
61 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 44% 194GB free
23.9 %52nd57.5 %55th0 %47th116 MB/s58th118 MB/s55th10 Months1st$6911th
WD Se 4TB $206
The WD Se is an enterprise class drive designed for use in a NAS or data warehouse. Unlike the Enterprise Xe, which focuses on maximum data throughput, the focus of ...
46.1 %40th82.7 %23rd0 %47th182 MB/s24th170 MB/s25th43 Months33rd$20654th
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Intel Core i7-6700K $330Nvidia GTX 970 $275Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $82
Intel Core i5-6600K $235Nvidia GTX 1070 $380Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $124
Intel Core i7-4790K $328AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $146
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $49Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $100SanDisk Extreme 64GB $28
WD Black 1TB (2013) $77G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $111SanDisk Extreme 32GB $20
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $50HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 16GB $16
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