Real World Speed
Performance profile from 6,500 user samples
5,430 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 909GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 584GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 979
1,070 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 55% 0GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 95%
SPEED RANK: 75th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
94.3 % Faster effective speed.
78.6 % -20%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
170 MB/s Faster read speed.
139 MB/s -22%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s Faster write speed.
135 MB/s -18%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s -1% 0.87 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.53 MB/s -24% 1.89 MB/s Faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
124 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
0.21 MB/s -38%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
169 MB/s -15%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
187 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
165 MB/s -13%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.05 MB/s -10% 1.15 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.79 MB/s -26% 2.25 MB/s Faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
164 MB/s +2% 161 MB/s -2%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
0.24 MB/s -42%
Market Share
Based on 4,066,783 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.32 % Insanely higher market share.
0.09 % -1,367%
Value For Money
60.1 % -1% 60.6 % +1%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
92 % Much more popular.
59 % -56%
Price (score)
$45 Much cheaper.
$149 -70%
8 Months Hugely more recent.
41 Months -80%

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]


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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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