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 January 2017 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 106 53.2 10.5 115 77 48.4 10.6 0.83 0 226 173 104 249 162 104 87 43 11 270 115 43.3
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $45
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...
57.4 %28th90 %7th8.8 %2nd195 MB/s14th186 MB/s13th62 Months48th$452nd
WD Black 6TB (2015) $270
188 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 131% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 86% 4TB free
73 %14th115 %1st0.1 %34th224 MB/s2nd249 MB/s1st19 Months13th$27060th
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. ...
50.1 %36th87.2 %14th10.6 %1st192 MB/s17th181 MB/s18th55 Months44th$503rd
WD Black 1TB (2013) $75
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...
32.6 %47th85.2 %19th1.4 %9th196 MB/s12th177 MB/s21st39 Months24th$7514th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB $73
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 ...
106 %1st89.7 %10th1.7 %7th200 MB/s6th185 MB/s14th64 Months49th$7313th
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...
41 %44th87.3 %13th0.7 %14th187 MB/s20th199 MB/s2nd39 Months24th$12238th
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 %34th226 MB/s1st194 MB/s3rd57 Months46th$26859th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB $60
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...
84.7 %7th88.6 %12th4.8 %3rd198 MB/s8th184 MB/s16th64 Months49th$608th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" 1TB $81
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...
19.6 %55th55.3 %56th0.6 %17th118 MB/s57th116 MB/s56th46 Months34th$8121st
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 %33rd84.6 %20th0.7 %14th190 MB/s19th191 MB/s7th41 Months28th$9029th
Toshiba P300 3TB $98
759 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 69% 2.5TB free
85.6 %5th97.2 %3rd0.2 %28th202 MB/s4th193 MB/s5th15 Months2nd$9833rd
WD Black 1TB (2010) $87
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...
19.7 %54th59.7 %52nd2.1 %6th151 MB/s50th128 MB/s51st83 Months58th$8726th
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB $43
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...
55.2 %31st83.4 %22nd3 %4th179 MB/s28th180 MB/s19th48 Months37th$431st
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...
34.6 %46th84.3 %21st0.7 %14th191 MB/s18th193 MB/s5th41 Months28th$7011th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB $170
1,900 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 3.5TB free
51.2 %35th75.8 %33rd0.2 %28th172 MB/s32nd167 MB/s26th41 Months28th$17050th
Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB $85
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...
90.9 %3rd89.8 %9th0.5 %19th195 MB/s14th190 MB/s8th48 Months37th$8523rd
WD Blue 4TB (2015) $96
817 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 3.5TB free
87.9 %4th73.5 %39th0.2 %28th159 MB/s45th154 MB/s37th17 Months10th$9632nd
Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB $130
468 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 3.5TB free
73.1 %13th82.8 %24th0.1 %34th174 MB/s29th175 MB/s22nd26 Months15th$13039th
Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB $61
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...
85.2 %6th90.6 %6th1.5 %8th196 MB/s12th190 MB/s8th48 Months37th$6110th
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...
47.4 %38th66 %49th0.1 %34th142 MB/s51st150 MB/s42nd30 Months17th$8019th
HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB $145
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 ...
62.5 %18th78.9 %28th0.1 %34th169 MB/s38th165 MB/s31st37 Months23rd$14546th
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...
43.6 %40th87 %15th0 %44th218 MB/s3rd175 MB/s22nd30 Months17th$22957th
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...
16.1 %57th65.7 %50th0 %44th170 MB/s36th121 MB/s54th42 Months31st$11737th
WD Blue 1TB (2015) $50
1,204 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 828GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 96GB free
42 %43rd73.2 %40th0.2 %28th166 MB/s41st150 MB/s42nd20 Months14th$503rd
Toshiba X300 4TB $131
205 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 101% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 40GB free
75.4 %11th86 %17th0 %44th180 MB/s25th179 MB/s20th15 Months2nd$13140th
WD Blue 3TB (2015) $89
1,716 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 323GB free
Worst Bench: 52% 2TB free
71.9 %15th74.3 %36th0.3 %24th165 MB/s42nd151 MB/s41st17 Months10th$8928th
WD Red 3TB (2012) $108
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...
54.9 %32nd68.9 %43rd0.4 %20th172 MB/s32nd147 MB/s46th54 Months42nd$10834th
WD Green 2TB (2011) $95
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 ...
31.1 %48th51.6 %59th1.4 %9th121 MB/s55th115 MB/s57th69 Months51st$9531st
WD Black 4TB (2012) $200
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...
43.4 %41st75.5 %34th0 %44th169 MB/s38th155 MB/s36th50 Months40th$20055th
Toshiba P300 1TB $50
1,552 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 565GB free
53.6 %34th93.5 %5th0.3 %24th199 MB/s7th189 MB/s10th15 Months2nd$503rd
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 ...
48.4 %37th66.6 %47th1.1 %12th154 MB/s48th145 MB/s48th53 Months41st$7917th
WD Red 2TB (2012) $87
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...
45.3 %39th68.6 %44th0.3 %24th174 MB/s29th146 MB/s47th54 Months42nd$8725th
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...
60.1 %23rd64.9 %51st0.8 %13th152 MB/s49th141 MB/s49th69 Months51st$9330th
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...
61.3 %20th85.4 %18th0.1 %34th195 MB/s14th188 MB/s11th61 Months47th$8019th
Toshiba X300 5TB $152
166 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 4.5TB free
84.6 %8th89.7 %11th0.1 %34th197 MB/s10th188 MB/s11th15 Months2nd$15248th
Toshiba P300 2TB $75
680 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 69% 1TB free
74 %12th96.7 %4th0.2 %28th202 MB/s4th194 MB/s3rd15 Months2nd$7514th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $79
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...
21.4 %51st59 %54th0.1 %34th142 MB/s51st127 MB/s52nd83 Months58th$7918th
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) $110
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...
82.3 %9th78.8 %29th0.4 %20th180 MB/s25th167 MB/s26th47 Months36th$11035th
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB $140
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...
42.2 %42nd68.6 %45th0 %44th159 MB/s45th149 MB/s44th70 Months53rd$14043rd
WD Red 4TB (2013) $140
1,842 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 49% 0GB free
58.1 %27th70.9 %41st0.1 %34th171 MB/s34th152 MB/s39th40 Months26th$14043rd
WD Red 6TB (2014) $234
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 ...
56.6 %30th76.9 %32nd0 %44th187 MB/s20th165 MB/s31st30 Months17th$23458th
WD Blue 2TB (2015) $70
3,713 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 51% 1.5TB free
60.2 %22nd73.5 %38th0.6 %17th160 MB/s44th152 MB/s39th17 Months10th$7011th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB $85
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...
18.5 %56th54.9 %57th2.4 %5th118 MB/s57th115 MB/s57th72 Months54th$8524th
WD Green 4TB (2013) $136
3,540 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 148GB free
Worst Bench: 45% 2TB free
57.2 %29th67.7 %46th0.3 %24th157 MB/s47th148 MB/s45th40 Months26th$13641st
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $58
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...
29.2 %49th59.5 %53rd0.4 %20th140 MB/s53rd127 MB/s52nd75 Months56th$586th
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $89
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...
21.4 %52nd66.3 %48th1.2 %11th135 MB/s54th158 MB/s34th87 Months60th$8927th
WD Black 2TB (2010) $148
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...
26.9 %50th69.2 %42nd0.4 %20th171 MB/s34th139 MB/s50th73 Months55th$14847th
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" (32GB NAND) 1TB $81
66 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 68% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 44% 194GB free
20.6 %53rd58 %55th0 %44th118 MB/s57th118 MB/s55th11 Months1st$8121st
Toshiba X300 6TB $170
68 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 178GB free
91.1 %2nd89.9 %8th0 %44th198 MB/s8th184 MB/s16th15 Months2nd$17050th
Toshiba MD04ACA500 5TB $154
348 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 2.5TB free
80.6 %10th86.5 %16th0 %44th186 MB/s22nd185 MB/s14th26 Months15th$15449th
WD Red 5TB (2014) $195
104 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 4.5TB free
58.3 %26th79.2 %27th0 %44th197 MB/s10th166 MB/s30th31 Months20th$19554th
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB $138
402 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 34GB free
61.8 %19th74.3 %37th0 %44th168 MB/s40th156 MB/s35th43 Months32nd$13842nd
WD Se 4TB $140
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 ...
68.3 %16th83.3 %23rd0 %44th182 MB/s24th169 MB/s24th44 Months33rd$14043rd
Toshiba E300 3TB $116
25 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 1.5TB free
58.7 %25th79.5 %26th0 %44th173 MB/s31st169 MB/s24th15 Months2nd$11636th
WD Green 6TB (2014) $213
451 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 398GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 400GB free
60.8 %21st75.2 %35th0 %44th180 MB/s25th167 MB/s26th31 Months20th$21356th
WD Green 5TB (2014) $175
187 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1TB free
64.3 %17th78.4 %30th0 %44th186 MB/s22nd167 MB/s26th31 Months20th$17552nd
Seagate Momentus XT SSHD 2.5" 500GB $60
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...
11.6 %59th48.4 %60th0.1 %34th104 MB/s60th104 MB/s60th80 Months57th$607th
Toshiba E300 2TB $75
59 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 1TB free
59.9 %24th78.3 %31st0 %44th162 MB/s43rd153 MB/s38th15 Months2nd$7514th
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 2.5" 500GB $60
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...
12.6 %58th52.6 %58th0.2 %28th119 MB/s56th114 MB/s59th46 Months34th$608th
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...
38.8 %45th81 %25th0 %44th170 MB/s36th163 MB/s33rd56 Months45th$18053rd
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Intel Core i7-6700K $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $376Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
Intel Core i5-6600K $220AMD RX 480 $190Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i7-4790K $339Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $103SanDisk Extreme 64GB $28
WD Black 6TB (2015) $270G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $545SanDisk Extreme 32GB $23
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $50G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 16GB $16
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