Real World Speed
Performance profile from 71,349 user samples
58,102 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 40% 41GB free
Poor: 40% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 258th / 984
13,247 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 75% 930GB free
Poor: 75% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
54 % -74% 94 % Much faster effective speed.
+74%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
97.3 MB/s -76% 171 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+76%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
90.8 MB/s -73% 157 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+73%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.59 MB/s -42% 0.84 MB/s Much faster random read.
+42%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.29 MB/s -21% 1.56 MB/s Faster random write.
+21%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.8 MB/s -80% 138 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+80%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.41 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+46%
0.28 MB/s -46%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
119 MB/s -66% 197 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+66%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
116 MB/s -60% 186 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+60%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s -21% 1.04 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+21%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.65 MB/s -10% 1.81 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+10%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s -51% 165 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+51%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.58 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+71%
0.34 MB/s -71%
Market Share
Based on 4,992,177 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.13 % Higher market share.
+22%
1.75 % -22%
Value
Value For Money
19.4 % -210% 60 % Hugely better value.
+210%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % -69% 93 % Much more popular.
+69%
Price
Price (score)
$80 -44% $45 Much cheaper.
+44%
Age
Newest
79 Months -86% 11 Months Hugely more recent.
+86%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs 7200.14 shows that the more recent 7200.14 was a huge improvement over the 7200.12. The 7200.12 has average sequential read/write speeds of 97/91 vs 161/155 MB/s on the newer 7200.14. Additionally the small file 4K read/write speeds of 0.62/1.32 are improved upon by over 25% on the newer version. Overall there is no contest between the two drives and considering that they are similarly priced, the newer 7200.14 is the clear winner. The 7200.12 has an effective speed of just 88.4 MB/s which is a whopping 54% below the average of the group leaders[Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $290Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $390Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i5-7600K $212Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $280Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $165
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $718SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $57HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $140SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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