Real World Speed
Performance profile from 86,429 user samples
84,292 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 911GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 189GB free
Poor: 53% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 28th / 1010
2,137 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 3TB free
Poor: 52% Great: 95%
SPEED RANK: 113th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
91.8 % Faster effective speed.
+22%
75.1 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
164 MB/s Faster read speed.
+23%
133 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+12%
129 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s 0.86 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+9%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.47 MB/s 1.87 MB/s Faster random write.
+27%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.5 MB/s 110 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+48%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.73 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+161%
0.28 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
156 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+22%
128 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
204 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+21%
169 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
192 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+20%
160 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.15 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+15%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.7 MB/s 2.24 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+32%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.8 MB/s 161 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+88%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
0.8 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
201 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+27%
158 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 10,114,673 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.52 % Insanely higher market share.
+12,500%
0.02 %
Value
Value For Money
60.4 % Slightly better value.
+5%
57.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
103 % Much more popular.
+72%
60 %
Price
Price (score)
$44 Much cheaper.
+71%
$150
Age
Newest
22 Months Much more recent.
+60%
55 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 4TB
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $408Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $85
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