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 September 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 110 53 10.5 117 76.9 47.6 10 0.8 0 228 173 104 249 163 103 83 39 7 280 114 49.5
WD Black 1TB (2013) $69
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...
36.5 %46th87.8 %12th1.4 %9th201 MB/s6th181 MB/s19th35 Months24th$6913th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50
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...
51.3 %34th89.4 %7th8.6 %2nd197 MB/s15th185 MB/s16th58 Months48th$502nd
WD Black 2TB (2013) $122
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...
39.4 %44th83.8 %21st0.6 %17th186 MB/s23rd190 MB/s8th35 Months24th$12238th
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. ...
49.7 %36th86.7 %15th10 %1st200 MB/s8th179 MB/s21st51 Months44th$502nd
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...
35 %47th85.5 %16th0.9 %13th191 MB/s20th193 MB/s4th37 Months28th$7015th
WD Black 6TB (2015) $280
88 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 133% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 91% 5TB free
71.6 %12th117 %1st0 %43rd228 MB/s1st249 MB/s1st15 Months13th$28060th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB $85
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...
57.5 %28th85.2 %17th0.8 %14th191 MB/s20th193 MB/s4th37 Months28th$8527th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB $68
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...
75.8 %9th89.2 %11th5 %3rd200 MB/s8th185 MB/s16th60 Months49th$6811th
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 %60th98.3 %2nd0.1 %32nd226 MB/s2nd192 MB/s6th53 Months46th$26859th
HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB $157
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 ...
57.1 %30th78.1 %30th0.1 %32nd169 MB/s35th163 MB/s32nd33 Months23rd$15749th
WD Black 1TB (2010) $76
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...
22.8 %53rd60.4 %52nd2 %6th151 MB/s49th128 MB/s51st79 Months58th$7624th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB $70
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 ...
110 %1st89.4 %8th1.9 %7th200 MB/s8th186 MB/s14th60 Months49th$7017th
Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB $140
298 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 1.5TB free
68.1 %15th83.1 %23rd0.1 %32nd173 MB/s30th172 MB/s23rd22 Months15th$14044th
Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB $68
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 %10th89.2 %10th1.2 %11th195 MB/s17th189 MB/s9th44 Months37th$6812th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" 1TB $76
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...
21.1 %56th55.9 %56th0.7 %16th118 MB/s58th116 MB/s56th42 Months34th$7622nd
Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB $84
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...
89.3 %2nd87.5 %13th0.5 %18th195 MB/s17th186 MB/s14th44 Months37th$8426th
WD Blue 1TB (2015) $50
604 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 814GB free
Worst Bench: 55% 831GB free
41.6 %43rd73.2 %39th0.2 %28th165 MB/s41st150 MB/s41st16 Months14th$506th
WD Red 2TB (2012) $90
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...
43.7 %41st68.6 %43rd0.3 %23rd169 MB/s35th150 MB/s41st50 Months42nd$9029th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB $145
1,359 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 55% 2.5TB free
60.9 %23rd76.9 %32nd0.2 %28th168 MB/s38th172 MB/s23rd37 Months28th$14545th
WD Purple 2TB (2014) $75
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...
49.9 %35th65.2 %51st0.1 %32nd140 MB/s53rd147 MB/s46th26 Months17th$7520th
Toshiba Notebook SSHD 2.5" 1TB $92
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...
20.5 %57th65.9 %49th0.1 %32nd170 MB/s34th121 MB/s55th38 Months31st$9231st
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) $109
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...
80.9 %6th76.8 %33rd0.4 %19th178 MB/s29th159 MB/s33rd43 Months36th$10936th
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...
42.5 %42nd84.7 %19th0 %43rd218 MB/s3rd175 MB/s22nd26 Months17th$22958th
WD Black 4TB (2012) $190
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...
46.2 %40th76.4 %34th0 %43rd169 MB/s35th155 MB/s36th46 Months40th$19051st
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...
60.3 %24th65.2 %50th0.8 %14th151 MB/s49th143 MB/s48th65 Months51st$9332nd
WD Red 3TB (2012) $105
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...
55.8 %31st68 %45th0.2 %28th172 MB/s32nd146 MB/s47th50 Months42nd$10534th
WD Blue 4TB (2015) $106
405 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 3TB free
80.2 %7th73.8 %37th0.1 %32nd166 MB/s40th153 MB/s38th13 Months10th$10635th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB $73
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...
21.4 %55th54.4 %57th2.3 %5th119 MB/s56th116 MB/s56th68 Months54th$7319th
Toshiba P300 3TB $94
240 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 2TB free
88.6 %3rd96.7 %3rd0.1 %32nd200 MB/s8th194 MB/s3rd11 Months2nd$9433rd
WD Blue 2TB (2015) $70
1,409 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 2TB free
61 %22nd74.3 %36th0.4 %19th160 MB/s44th152 MB/s39th13 Months10th$7015th
WD Green 2TB (2011) $128
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 ...
23 %52nd51.2 %59th1.5 %8th121 MB/s55th114 MB/s59th65 Months51st$12840th
Toshiba X300 4TB $137
97 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 40GB free
71.1 %14th84.8 %18th0.1 %32nd180 MB/s27th181 MB/s19th11 Months2nd$13742nd
Seagate Video SV35.6 Series 2TB $72
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...
67.2 %17th84 %20th0.1 %32nd194 MB/s19th189 MB/s9th57 Months47th$7218th
WD Green 2TB (2012) $79
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 ...
49 %37th67.5 %47th1.2 %11th157 MB/s47th143 MB/s48th49 Months41st$7925th
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $65
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...
29.5 %48th66.6 %48th1.3 %10th134 MB/s54th158 MB/s34th83 Months60th$658th
WD Black 2TB (2010) $138
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...
28.8 %49th69.2 %42nd0.4 %19th161 MB/s43rd139 MB/s50th69 Months55th$13843rd
Toshiba P300 2TB $75
237 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 2TB free
72.5 %11th95.2 %4th0.1 %32nd201 MB/s6th191 MB/s7th11 Months2nd$7521st
WD Red 6TB (2014) $224
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 ...
59.1 %25th76.9 %31st0 %43rd191 MB/s20th164 MB/s31st26 Months17th$22457th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $65
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...
26.3 %50th59.6 %53rd0.4 %19th141 MB/s52nd124 MB/s53rd71 Months56th$659th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $66
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...
25.8 %51st59.3 %54th0.1 %32nd143 MB/s51st126 MB/s52nd79 Months58th$6610th
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB $90
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...
64.8 %20th67.7 %46th0 %43rd160 MB/s44th150 MB/s41st66 Months53rd$9029th
Toshiba MD04ACA500 5TB $154
235 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 8GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2.5TB free
81.5 %5th87.4 %14th0 %43rd196 MB/s16th187 MB/s12th22 Months15th$15448th
WD Green 4TB (2013) $136
2,312 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 46GB free
57.4 %29th68 %44th0.3 %23rd156 MB/s48th148 MB/s45th36 Months26th$13641st
WD Red 4TB (2013) $146
1,092 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 48% 1GB free
55.7 %32nd70.6 %41st0.3 %23rd172 MB/s32nd150 MB/s41st36 Months26th$14646th
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB $49
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...
48.4 %38th83.4 %22nd2.4 %4th179 MB/s28th183 MB/s18th44 Months37th$491st
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB $125
291 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 34GB free
67.4 %16th73.4 %38th0 %43rd167 MB/s39th155 MB/s36th39 Months32nd$12539th
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 2.5" 500GB $50
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...
15 %58th52.3 %58th0.3 %23rd115 MB/s59th115 MB/s58th42 Months34th$502nd
WD Blue 3TB (2015) $88
767 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 1.5TB free
71.6 %13th72.9 %40th0.3 %23rd159 MB/s46th152 MB/s39th13 Months10th$8828th
Toshiba X300 6TB $200
28 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 178GB free
77.4 %8th89.9 %6th0 %43rd204 MB/s4th203 MB/s2nd11 Months2nd$20054th
Toshiba P300 1TB $50
646 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 921GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 890GB free
53.6 %33rd93.5 %5th0.2 %28th199 MB/s12th189 MB/s9th11 Months2nd$502nd
WD Re 3TB (2012) $190
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...
37.2 %45th82.1 %25th0 %43rd204 MB/s4th171 MB/s25th52 Months45th$19052nd
Toshiba X300 5TB $153
83 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 158GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 4.5TB free
83.8 %4th89.4 %9th0 %43rd199 MB/s12th187 MB/s12th11 Months2nd$15347th
WD Red 5TB (2014) $195
79 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 4.5TB free
58.5 %26th79.5 %26th0 %43rd199 MB/s12th166 MB/s30th27 Months20th$19553rd
WD Green 5TB (2014) $174
142 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1TB free
64.9 %19th78.7 %29th0 %43rd185 MB/s24th168 MB/s28th27 Months20th$17450th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" (32GB NAND) 1TB $76
47 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 40% 194GB free
21.7 %54th57.5 %55th0 %43rd119 MB/s56th123 MB/s54th7 Months1st$7622nd
Toshiba E300 3TB $119
12 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 1.5TB free
57.6 %27th79.4 %27th0 %43rd173 MB/s30th169 MB/s27th11 Months2nd$11937th
WD Green 6TB (2014) $213
340 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 398GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 940GB free
61.5 %21st76.1 %35th0 %43rd181 MB/s26th168 MB/s28th27 Months20th$21356th
Seagate Momentus XT SSHD 2.5" 500GB $52
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...
13.1 %59th47.6 %60th0 %43rd104 MB/s60th103 MB/s60th76 Months57th$527th
WD Se 4TB $200
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 ...
47.6 %39th83 %24th0 %43rd184 MB/s25th170 MB/s26th40 Months33rd$20055th
Toshiba E300 2TB $69
29 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 202GB free
65.2 %18th78.9 %28th0 %43rd165 MB/s41st158 MB/s34th11 Months2nd$6914th
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Intel Core i7-6700K $308Nvidia GTX 970 $264Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
Intel Core i5-6600K $237Nvidia GTX 980 Ti $474Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i7-4790K $335AMD RX 480 $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $145
WD Black 1TB (2013) $69G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $459SanDisk Extreme 64GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $20
WD Black 2TB (2013) $122G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $93SanDisk Extreme 16GB $16
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