Real World Speed
Performance profile from 292,571 user samples
63,176 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 899GB free
Worst Bench: 40% 0GB free
Poor: 40% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 254th / 984
229,395 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 748GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 810GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
54.5 % -62% 88.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+62%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
97.8 MB/s -63% 159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+63%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
92.2 MB/s -63% 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+63%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.6 MB/s -12% 0.67 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+12%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.28 MB/s -21% 1.55 MB/s Faster random write.
+21%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.3 MB/s -74% 133 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+74%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.41 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+58%
0.26 MB/s -58%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
119 MB/s -65% 196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+65%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
115 MB/s -61% 185 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+61%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.85 MB/s -18% 1 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+18%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.65 MB/s -19% 1.97 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+19%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s -60% 174 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+60%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.59 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+55%
0.38 MB/s -55%
Market Share
Based on 5,731,449 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.47 % -360% 6.76 % Hugely higher market share.
+360%
Value
Value For Money
17.8 % -160% 46.2 % Hugely better value.
+160%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % -37% 74 % Much more popular.
+37%
Price
Price (score)
$88 -37% $55 Much cheaper.
+37%
Age
Newest
81 Months -12% 71 Months Slightly more recent.
+12%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 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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