Real World Speed
Performance profile from 73,233 user samples
16,237 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 74% 939GB free
Poor: 74% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1002
56,996 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 907GB free
Worst Bench: 60% 175GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 54th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
95.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+12%
85.2 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
175 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
155 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+11%
142 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.66 MB/s 0.89 MB/s Much faster random read.
+35%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.53 MB/s 2.27 MB/s Much faster random write.
+48%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
154 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+15%
134 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.2 MB/s 0.29 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+45%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s +3% 196 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
183 MB/s +3% 178 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+62%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.83 MB/s 2.77 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+51%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
165 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s 0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+48%
Market Share
Based on 9,647,199 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.5 % 1.11 % Hugely higher market share.
+122%
Value
Value For Money
103 % Hugely better value.
+202%
34 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
83 % More popular.
+17%
71 %
Price
Price (score)
$80 $72 Slightly cheaper.
+10%
Age
Newest
21 Months Much more recent.
+62%
56 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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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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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 old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 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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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1070 $447Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $123
Intel Core i5-8600K $239AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $116
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $177SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $911SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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