Real World Speed
Performance profile from 267,025 user samples
99,000 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 534GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 525GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 979
168,025 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 707GB free
Worst Bench: 67% 587GB free
Poor: 67% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.4 % -0% 89.7 % +0%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
162 MB/s 0% 162 MB/s 0%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
150 MB/s -1% 151 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.64 MB/s -6% 0.68 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.49 MB/s -7% 1.6 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s +4% 132 MB/s -4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s -8% 0.26 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s +3% 197 MB/s -3%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s +2% 184 MB/s -2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.94 MB/s -10% 1.03 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.78 MB/s -15% 2.04 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
176 MB/s +2% 172 MB/s -2%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -3% 0.38 MB/s +3%
Market Share
Based on 4,044,069 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
4.27 % -82% 7.77 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
69.3 % Better value.
55.5 % -25%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % -32% 79 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$74 -37% $46 Much cheaper.
68 Months -3% 66 Months +3%

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]


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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on
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  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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