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 August 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 97.6 52.3 9.58 116 76.9 47.3 9.5 0.82 0 230 173 104 248 162 103 82 38 6 280 115 46.5
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 %35th87.5 %13th9.5 %1st197 MB/s12th179 MB/s20th50 Months44th$503rd
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $48
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...
53.3 %33rd89.2 %8th8.8 %2nd196 MB/s14th183 MB/s15th57 Months48th$482nd
WD Black 1TB (2013) $70
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...
35.2 %46th86.4 %15th1.4 %9th197 MB/s12th177 MB/s21st34 Months24th$7014th
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...
39.7 %44th84.4 %20th0.7 %16th185 MB/s24th192 MB/s4th34 Months24th$12238th
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...
34.7 %47th84.6 %18th0.8 %14th189 MB/s22nd194 MB/s3rd36 Months28th$7012th
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. ...
10.4 %59th97.5 %2nd0.1 %33rd224 MB/s2nd192 MB/s4th52 Months46th$26859th
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB $88
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...
56.3 %31st86.3 %16th0.8 %14th194 MB/s17th195 MB/s2nd36 Months28th$8827th
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...
77.9 %8th89.4 %7th5.2 %3rd198 MB/s10th187 MB/s11th59 Months49th$669th
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB $82
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 ...
93.5 %2nd89.4 %6th2 %7th198 MB/s10th184 MB/s13th59 Months49th$8224th
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...
73.2 %10th87.8 %11th1.2 %11th192 MB/s18th184 MB/s13th43 Months37th$6911th
WD Black 6TB (2015) $280
74 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 131% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 94% 1TB free
71.3 %12th116 %1st0.1 %33rd230 MB/s1st248 MB/s1st14 Months13th$28060th
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 %56th55.5 %56th0.7 %16th118 MB/s57th116 MB/s56th41 Months34th$8122nd
Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB $145
1,198 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2.5TB free
61.1 %21st77.2 %32nd0.3 %24th169 MB/s37th171 MB/s24th36 Months28th$14546th
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...
85.4 %3rd87.8 %10th0.5 %18th196 MB/s14th187 MB/s11th43 Months37th$8828th
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 ...
57.7 %29th78.9 %29th0.1 %33rd170 MB/s35th163 MB/s32nd32 Months23rd$15750th
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...
50.1 %36th65.4 %50th0.1 %33rd141 MB/s52nd147 MB/s45th25 Months17th$7518th
WD Black 1TB (2010) $93
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...
18.5 %57th59.8 %53rd2.3 %5th151 MB/s49th125 MB/s52nd78 Months58th$9332nd
Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB $140
329 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 1.5TB free
69.1 %14th84.2 %21st0 %44th172 MB/s32nd172 MB/s23rd21 Months15th$14043rd
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...
20.7 %54th66.3 %49th0 %44th170 MB/s35th120 MB/s55th37 Months31st$9231st
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...
80 %7th76.8 %33rd0.5 %18th175 MB/s29th160 MB/s33rd42 Months36th$11034th
WD Red 2TB (2012) $85
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...
46.5 %38th68.9 %43rd0.3 %24th168 MB/s38th147 MB/s45th49 Months42nd$8525th
WD Red Pro 4TB (2014) $219
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...
44.3 %41st84.4 %19th0 %44th218 MB/s3rd175 MB/s22nd25 Months17th$21957th
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 %26th63.7 %51st0.9 %13th151 MB/s49th140 MB/s50th64 Months51st$9333rd
WD Black 4TB (2012) $205
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...
42.8 %42nd76.4 %35th0 %44th168 MB/s38th155 MB/s37th45 Months40th$20554th
WD Red 3TB (2012) $90
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...
65.6 %17th68.6 %44th0.4 %22nd171 MB/s33rd146 MB/s47th49 Months42nd$9030th
WD Blue 4TB (2015) $119
316 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 3TB free
71.4 %11th74.1 %36th0.1 %33rd171 MB/s33rd154 MB/s38th12 Months10th$11935th
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB $46
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...
50.9 %34th82.6 %24th2.3 %5th179 MB/s28th183 MB/s15th43 Months37th$461st
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 ...
22.8 %52nd50.7 %59th1.6 %8th120 MB/s55th113 MB/s58th64 Months51st$12839th
Toshiba MD04ACA500 5TB $154
208 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 8GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2.5TB free
81.7 %5th87.7 %12th0.1 %33rd196 MB/s14th188 MB/s8th21 Months15th$15448th
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...
21.2 %53rd53.9 %57th2.5 %4th118 MB/s57th113 MB/s58th67 Months54th$7317th
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 %16th83.7 %22nd0.1 %33rd192 MB/s18th188 MB/s8th56 Months47th$7216th
WD Blue 1TB (2015) $54
475 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 814GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 831GB free
39 %45th73.2 %39th0.2 %28th161 MB/s43rd150 MB/s43rd15 Months14th$546th
WD Black 2TB (2010) $141
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 %49th70.1 %42nd0.5 %18th168 MB/s38th141 MB/s49th68 Months55th$14145th
Toshiba X300 4TB $120
73 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 101% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 40GB free
81.1 %6th84.8 %17th0 %44th182 MB/s26th182 MB/s18th10 Months2nd$12037th
WD Blue 3TB (2015) $89
535 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1.5TB free
70.5 %13th73.2 %40th0.2 %28th160 MB/s44th151 MB/s41st12 Months10th$8929th
WD Red 6TB (2014) $230
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 ...
57.8 %28th77.2 %31st0.1 %33rd191 MB/s20th164 MB/s31st25 Months17th$23058th
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 %51st59.8 %54th0.1 %33rd143 MB/s51st125 MB/s52nd78 Months58th$6610th
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...
29.4 %48th66.6 %48th1.3 %10th136 MB/s54th158 MB/s34th82 Months60th$657th
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 %11th158 MB/s47th144 MB/s48th48 Months41st$7919th
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...
41.7 %43rd67.7 %46th0 %44th160 MB/s44th151 MB/s41st65 Months53rd$14044th
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB $138
262 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 490GB free
61.1 %20th73.4 %38th0 %44th168 MB/s38th157 MB/s36th38 Months32nd$13842nd
WD Re 3TB (2012) $155
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...
45.6 %39th82.1 %25th0 %44th204 MB/s4th171 MB/s24th51 Months45th$15549th
WD Blue 1TB (2010) $66
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...
26.2 %50th60 %52nd0.5 %18th140 MB/s53rd126 MB/s51st70 Months56th$668th
Toshiba P300 3TB $85
156 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 2TB free
97.6 %1st96.4 %3rd0.1 %33rd200 MB/s6th191 MB/s6th10 Months2nd$8525th
Toshiba P300 2TB $80
158 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 1TB free
68.9 %15th96.1 %4th0.1 %33rd203 MB/s5th191 MB/s6th10 Months2nd$8021st
WD Red 4TB (2013) $135
992 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 1GB free
60.3 %23rd70.9 %41st0.2 %28th173 MB/s30th152 MB/s39th35 Months26th$13540th
WD Green 4TB (2013) $136
2,100 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 0GB free
57.7 %30th68.3 %45th0.3 %24th156 MB/s48th149 MB/s44th35 Months26th$13641st
Toshiba P300 1TB $50
458 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 908GB free
Worst Bench: 69% 890GB free
53.8 %32nd93.8 %5th0.2 %28th199 MB/s9th188 MB/s8th10 Months2nd$503rd
WD Red 5TB (2014) $195
68 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 55% 4.5TB free
59.1 %25th80.4 %28th0 %44th200 MB/s6th166 MB/s30th26 Months20th$19552nd
WD Blue 2TB (2015) $70
1,115 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 932GB free
60.5 %22nd73.8 %37th0.4 %22nd160 MB/s44th152 MB/s39th12 Months10th$7012th
WD Green 5TB (2014) $175
130 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 1TB free
64.5 %18th78.7 %30th0 %44th185 MB/s24th169 MB/s27th26 Months20th$17551st
Seagate Momentus XT SSHD 2.5" 500GB $71
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...
9.58 %60th47.3 %60th0.2 %28th104 MB/s60th103 MB/s60th75 Months57th$7115th
Toshiba E300 3TB $120
10 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 49% 1.5TB free
58.4 %27th81.2 %27th0 %44th173 MB/s30th169 MB/s27th10 Months2nd$12036th
WD Green 6TB (2014) $213
309 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 398GB free
Worst Bench: 51% 1TB free
62 %19th76.7 %34th0 %44th181 MB/s27th169 MB/s27th26 Months20th$21356th
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...
15.1 %58th52.7 %58th0.3 %24th115 MB/s59th114 MB/s57th41 Months34th$503rd
Seagate Laptop SSHD 2.5" (32GB NAND) 1TB $81
35 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 40% 194GB free
20.4 %55th57.6 %55th0 %44th119 MB/s56th123 MB/s54th6 Months1st$8122nd
Toshiba X300 6TB $201
13 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 178GB free
74.1 %9th86.5 %14th0 %44th190 MB/s21st181 MB/s19th10 Months2nd$20153rd
Toshiba X300 5TB $153
63 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 158GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 4.5TB free
82.5 %4th87.9 %9th0 %44th200 MB/s6th183 MB/s15th10 Months2nd$15347th
WD Se 4TB $210
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 ...
45.5 %40th83.3 %23rd0 %44th188 MB/s23rd171 MB/s24th39 Months33rd$21055th
Toshiba E300 2TB $79
20 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 70% 1.5TB free
59.2 %24th81.5 %26th0 %44th165 MB/s42nd158 MB/s34th10 Months2nd$7919th
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Intel Core i7-6700K $304Nvidia GTX 970 $265Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $89
Intel Core i5-6600K $220AMD R9 390 $284Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $113
Intel Core i7-4790K $320Nvidia GTX 980 Ti $430Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $149
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $50HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $78SanDisk Extreme 32GB $20
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $48G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $90SanDisk Extreme 64GB $29
WD Black 1TB (2013) $70Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $84SanDisk Extreme 16GB $16
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