Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,489 user samples
2,385 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 760GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 979
1,104 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 80% 1.5TB free
Poor: 80% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 8th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
94.6 % -4% 98 % +4%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
171 MB/s -5% 179 MB/s +5%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s -3% 163 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.85 MB/s Faster random read.
+21%
0.7 MB/s -21%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s -5% 1.6 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+5%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s -16% 156 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+16%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.21 MB/s -33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s -2% 201 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
185 MB/s -2% 188 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.05 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+30%
0.81 MB/s -30%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.77 MB/s -5% 1.85 MB/s +5%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
162 MB/s -10% 179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+36%
0.25 MB/s -36%
Market Share
Based on 3,446,851 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1 % Hugely higher market share.
+150%
0.4 % -150%
Value
Value For Money
54.3 % -73% 93.8 % Much better value.
+73%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
89 % Slightly more popular.
+13%
79 % -13%
Price
Price (score)
$50 Much cheaper.
+44%
$90 -44%
Age
Newest
6 Months 0% 6 Months 0%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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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 new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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]

How Fast Is Your HDD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
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  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $205Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $130
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $169
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $135SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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