Real World Speed
Performance profile from 214,427 user samples
214,427 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 679GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.3 % 92.1 % +4%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s 163 MB/s +2%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s 158 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.62 MB/s 1.08 MB/s Much faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.44 MB/s 1.96 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
138 MB/s 142 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s 0.27 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s +0% 197 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s 191 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.91 MB/s 1.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.74 MB/s 2.4 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
174 MB/s 174 MB/s +0%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.36 MB/s +3% 0.35 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,674,544 HDDs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % 77.9 % More popular.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
3.11 % Slightly higher market share.
2.78 %
Price (score)
$58 Hugely cheaper.
108 USD
Value For Money
86.6 % Better value.
68.5 %
81 Months 42.6 Months Hugely more recent.
2TB   —

If you are specifically looking for a 2TB Hard Drive, the Barracuda is both a solid performer and offers reasonable value for money. That said, It probably makes more sense to go for the 3TB version which, thanks to economies of scale, represents significantly better value for money. With the 3TB Barracuda you get 50% more storage and approximately the same performance for just 20% more money. [Sep '13 HDrivePro]


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]


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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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $138
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