Real World Speed
Performance profile from 359,782 user samples
321,614 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 70GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 130GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 27th / 984
38,168 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 288GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 134th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.9 % Much faster effective speed.
66.9 % -33%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s Much faster read speed.
108 MB/s -49%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
149 MB/s Faster write speed.
125 MB/s -19%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s +5% 0.62 MB/s -5%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.56 MB/s -46% 2.28 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
103 MB/s -32%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.26 MB/s -81% 0.47 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
195 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
136 MB/s -43%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
183 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
156 MB/s -17%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s Faster peak random read.
0.86 MB/s -16%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2 MB/s -59% 3.18 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
173 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
139 MB/s -24%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -73% 0.64 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 7,213,817 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
6.34 % Hugely higher market share.
0.8 % -692%
Value For Money
49.6 % Hugely better value.
25.4 % -95%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
77 % Much more popular.
55 % -40%
Price (score)
$51 Much cheaper.
$76 -32%
74 Months More recent.
99 Months -25%

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]


The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is over four years old and one of the oldest drives that we have included in our group tests. The reason for its inclusion is that it was once one of the best hard drives available and we have seen more user benchmarks for this drive than any other. The price of this drive has fluctuated significantly over its epic four year life span and current prices do not reflect the great value for money that this drive once represented. In today's market the F3 struggles to keep up with the group leaders both in terms of performance and price. With an effective speed rating of 116 MB/s the F3 is one of the slowest 1TB drives in our group test. There are clearly newer and better alternatives available at this time. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2018 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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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $280Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $290Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $275Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $140
Intel Core i5-7600K $210AMD RX 480 $400Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $110
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $205SanDisk Extreme 64GB $65
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $931SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
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