Real World Speed
Performance profile from 76,032 user samples
2,322 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 480GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 117th / 1010
73,710 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 349GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
73.7 % 90.2 % Faster effective speed.
+22%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
129 MB/s 159 MB/s Faster read speed.
+23%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 130 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.93 MB/s Much faster random read.
+31%
0.71 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.94 MB/s Faster random write.
+19%
1.63 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.8 MB/s 74.5 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.49 MB/s 0.75 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+53%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
126 MB/s 156 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+24%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s 201 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+20%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
161 MB/s 180 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.15 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+28%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+21%
1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
160 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+85%
86.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
161 MB/s 199 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+24%
Market Share
Based on 11,258,322 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 0.81 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,950%
Value
Value For Money
56.4 % 111 % Hugely better value.
+97%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
61 % 67 % Slightly more popular.
+10%
Price
Price (score)
$150 $70 Much cheaper.
+53%
Age
Newest
57 Months Much more recent.
+32%
84 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 3TB
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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 a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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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 dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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