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 October 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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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...
36.3 %47th87.3 %14th2 %9th203 MB/s5th178 MB/s20th36 Months24th$6912th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $38
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...
67.3 %18th89.2 %9th10.7 %2nd194 MB/s16th184 MB/s16th59 Months48th$381st
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...
40.2 %44th85.6 %19th1.1 %12th187 MB/s22nd198 MB/s3rd36 Months24th$12239th
WD Black 6TB (2015) $280
105 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 133% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 89% 2.5TB free
71.5 %13th116 %1st0.3 %25th229 MB/s1st249 MB/s1st16 Months13th$28060th
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $47
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. ...
53.7 %34th87.5 %13th12.7 %1st198 MB/s11th178 MB/s20th52 Months44th$473rd
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 ...
90.6 %1st89.4 %8th2 %9th200 MB/s7th185 MB/s15th61 Months49th$8526th
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...
35.2 %48th85.8 %17th0.3 %25th192 MB/s20th193 MB/s5th38 Months28th$7013th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB $66
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...
78.1 %9th89.7 %7th7.6 %3rd198 MB/s11th184 MB/s16th61 Months49th$6611th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB $83
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...
60.2 %24th86.9 %16th0.8 %14th194 MB/s16th195 MB/s4th38 Months28th$8324th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" 1TB $80
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...
20 %56th55.8 %56th0.8 %14th120 MB/s56th116 MB/s56th43 Months34th$8020th
Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB $60
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...
85.9 %4th89.8 %6th0.8 %14th194 MB/s16th188 MB/s10th45 Months37th$607th
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...
90.5 %2nd88.6 %12th0.6 %18th196 MB/s14th186 MB/s13th45 Months37th$8425th
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 %59th97.7 %2nd0.1 %39th226 MB/s2nd193 MB/s5th54 Months46th$26859th
Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB $140
316 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 538GB free
68.1 %17th83.1 %22nd0.1 %39th173 MB/s30th171 MB/s24th23 Months15th$14044th
WD Black 1TB (2010) $86
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...
20.1 %55th60.1 %52nd3.4 %5th152 MB/s50th129 MB/s51st80 Months58th$8628th
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 %32nd78.1 %31st0.6 %18th169 MB/s35th163 MB/s33rd34 Months23rd$15749th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB $145
1,517 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 3TB free
60.7 %23rd76.6 %33rd0.3 %25th167 MB/s39th172 MB/s23rd38 Months28th$14545th
WD Blue 1TB (2015) $50
673 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 814GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 931GB free
41.6 %43rd73.2 %37th0.3 %25th163 MB/s42nd150 MB/s41st17 Months14th$506th
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...
42.9 %42nd85.6 %18th0 %46th218 MB/s3rd175 MB/s22nd27 Months17th$22958th
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...
46.9 %39th65.4 %50th0.1 %39th141 MB/s53rd147 MB/s45th27 Months17th$8022nd
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...
20.6 %54th66 %49th0 %46th170 MB/s34th121 MB/s55th39 Months31st$9232nd
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...
58.8 %29th68.3 %44th0.6 %18th171 MB/s33rd146 MB/s46th51 Months42nd$10035th
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...
43.9 %41st68.9 %42nd0.3 %25th174 MB/s29th149 MB/s44th51 Months42nd$9030th
WD Black 4TB (2012) $196
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...
44.5 %40th76.1 %34th0 %46th169 MB/s35th155 MB/s37th47 Months40th$19653rd
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) $108
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...
83.4 %6th78.3 %30th0.3 %25th178 MB/s28th165 MB/s30th44 Months36th$10837th
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...
59.3 %27th64 %51st2.5 %7th150 MB/s51st142 MB/s49th66 Months51st$9333rd
Seagate Video SV35.6 Series 2TB $71
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...
68.6 %16th84.8 %21st0.6 %18th194 MB/s16th186 MB/s13th58 Months47th$7115th
Toshiba P300 3TB $95
321 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 2TB free
87.4 %3rd96.4 %3rd0.1 %39th201 MB/s6th193 MB/s5th12 Months2nd$9534th
WD Blue 4TB (2015) $104
496 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 51% 3TB free
80.4 %8th73.2 %39th0.3 %25th160 MB/s46th153 MB/s38th14 Months10th$10436th
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB $45
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...
52.5 %36th82.8 %23rd3.1 %6th179 MB/s27th182 MB/s18th45 Months37th$452nd
WD Green 2TB (2011) $79
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 ...
36.9 %46th50.8 %59th1.1 %12th119 MB/s58th114 MB/s59th66 Months51st$7919th
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...
17.8 %57th54.4 %57th3.9 %4th120 MB/s56th115 MB/s57th69 Months54th$8829th
WD Green 2TB (2012) $75
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 ...
51.6 %37th67.5 %47th2.3 %8th157 MB/s49th146 MB/s46th50 Months41st$7516th
Toshiba P300 2TB $75
311 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 66% 2TB free
72.5 %11th95.2 %4th0.1 %39th200 MB/s7th193 MB/s5th12 Months2nd$7518th
Toshiba P300 1TB $50
773 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 921GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 890GB free
53.4 %35th92.3 %5th0.8 %14th198 MB/s11th189 MB/s9th12 Months2nd$505th
Toshiba X300 4TB $137
122 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 40GB free
71.6 %12th85.4 %20th0.1 %39th180 MB/s26th180 MB/s19th12 Months2nd$13742nd
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...
28.5 %50th68.4 %43rd0.6 %18th161 MB/s45th138 MB/s50th70 Months55th$13843rd
WD Red 6TB (2014) $209
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 ...
63.6 %21st77.2 %32nd0.3 %25th191 MB/s21st164 MB/s32nd27 Months17th$20956th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $61
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...
27.8 %51st59.3 %54th0.6 %18th141 MB/s53rd124 MB/s53rd72 Months56th$618th
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 2.5" 500GB $49
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...
15.2 %58th52 %58th0.3 %25th113 MB/s59th115 MB/s57th43 Months34th$494th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $65
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...
26.3 %52nd59.8 %53rd0.3 %25th143 MB/s52nd126 MB/s52nd80 Months58th$6510th
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB $85
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...
68.9 %15th68 %45th0 %46th159 MB/s47th150 MB/s41st67 Months53rd$8526th
Toshiba MD04ACA500 5TB $154
269 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 8GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2.5TB free
81.2 %7th87.1 %15th0 %46th195 MB/s15th187 MB/s12th23 Months15th$15448th
WD Blue 3TB (2015) $90
973 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 84GB free
69.8 %14th72.9 %40th0.3 %25th163 MB/s42nd152 MB/s39th14 Months10th$9030th
WD Green 4TB (2013) $136
2,314 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 44% 46GB free
57.2 %31st67.7 %46th0.3 %25th159 MB/s47th146 MB/s46th37 Months26th$13641st
WD Blue 2TB (2015) $70
1,860 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 847GB free
60 %25th73.2 %38th0.6 %18th162 MB/s44th151 MB/s40th14 Months10th$7013th
Toshiba X300 6TB $199
37 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 178GB free
76.8 %10th88.8 %11th0 %46th204 MB/s4th203 MB/s2nd12 Months2nd$19954th
WD Red 4TB (2013) $148
1,200 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 49% 8GB free
55 %33rd70.6 %41st0.3 %25th168 MB/s38th150 MB/s41st37 Months26th$14846th
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $64
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...
29.9 %49th66.6 %48th1.4 %11th135 MB/s55th156 MB/s35th84 Months60th$649th
Toshiba E300 3TB $115
18 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 1.5TB free
59.1 %28th78.9 %27th0 %46th173 MB/s30th169 MB/s26th12 Months2nd$11538th
Toshiba X300 5TB $153
92 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 4.5TB free
83.5 %5th89.1 %10th0 %46th199 MB/s9th188 MB/s10th12 Months2nd$15347th
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB $130
309 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 34GB free
64.8 %20th73.4 %36th0 %46th169 MB/s35th156 MB/s35th40 Months32nd$13040th
WD Re 3TB (2012) $180
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...
39.3 %45th82.1 %25th0 %46th173 MB/s30th165 MB/s30th53 Months45th$18051st
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" (32GB NAND) 1TB $80
50 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 40% 194GB free
20.7 %53rd57.8 %55th0 %46th165 MB/s40th123 MB/s54th8 Months1st$8020th
Toshiba E300 2TB $75
31 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 202GB free
59.9 %26th78.3 %29th0 %46th165 MB/s40th158 MB/s34th12 Months2nd$7516th
WD Red 5TB (2014) $195
82 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 4.5TB free
58.7 %30th79.8 %26th0 %46th199 MB/s9th166 MB/s29th28 Months20th$19552nd
WD Green 6TB (2014) $213
358 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 398GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 400GB free
61.3 %22nd75.8 %35th0.3 %25th181 MB/s25th168 MB/s27th28 Months20th$21357th
WD Green 5TB (2014) $171
149 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1TB free
65.8 %19th78.4 %28th0 %46th184 MB/s24th167 MB/s28th28 Months20th$17150th
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 ...
47.3 %38th82.4 %24th0 %46th187 MB/s22nd171 MB/s24th41 Months33rd$20055th
Seagate Momentus XT SSHD 2.5" 500GB $80
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...
8.57 %60th47.8 %60th0.1 %39th104 MB/s60th103 MB/s60th77 Months57th$8022nd
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Intel Core i7-6700K $298Nvidia GTX 970 $235Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $95
Intel Core i5-6600K $210AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i7-4790K $310Nvidia GTX 1070 $393Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
WD Black 1TB (2013) $69Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $90SanDisk Extreme 64GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $43HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $86SanDisk Extreme 32GB $21
WD Black 2TB (2013) $122G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $544SanDisk Extreme 16GB $16
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