Real World Speed
Performance profile from 773,427 user samples
217,623 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 14GB free
Poor: 53% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 43rd / 1010
555,804 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 863GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 55GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 73rd / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.6 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
82.7 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s +2% 153 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
132 MB/s 139 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.69 MB/s 1.17 MB/s Much faster random read.
+70%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s 2.4 MB/s Much faster random write.
+58%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
73.2 MB/s 85.8 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+17%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.73 MB/s 1.04 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+42%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
150 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+11%
135 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s +3% 198 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s +5% 176 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+67%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.1 MB/s 113 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+30%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
199 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+10%
181 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 10,074,020 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
3.25 % 11.3 % Hugely higher market share.
+249%
Value
Value For Money
85.9 % Much better value.
+59%
54 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % 78 % Much more popular.
+30%
Price
Price (score)
$58 $44 Cheaper.
+25%
Age
Newest
82 Months 73 Months Slightly more recent.
+11%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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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]

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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 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]

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  • 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $413Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $150Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $290Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $121
Intel Core i7-7700K $300AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $162
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Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $74G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $951SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
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