Real World Speed
Performance profile from 33,315 user samples
32,310 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 3TB free
Poor: 60% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 979
1,005 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 120GB free
Poor: 56% Great: 95%
SPEED RANK: 71st / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
79.2 % -10%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
140 MB/s -13%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
136 MB/s -8%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s -37% 0.89 MB/s Much faster random read.
+37%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s -26% 1.91 MB/s Faster random write.
+26%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
124 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+19%
0.21 MB/s -19%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+18%
169 MB/s -18%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
166 MB/s -11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.99 MB/s -16% 1.15 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+16%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.78 MB/s -26% 2.25 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+26%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
173 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+7%
161 MB/s -7%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.39 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+62%
0.24 MB/s -62%
Market Share
Based on 3,691,820 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.7 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,600%
0.1 % -1,600%
Value
Value For Money
94.1 % Much better value.
+55%
60.6 % -55%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % +5% 60 % -5%
Price
Price (score)
$80 Much cheaper.
+47%
$150 -47%
Age
Newest
67 Months -40% 40 Months Much more recent.
+40%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 4TB
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The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $310Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $106
Intel Pentium G4560 $60AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $140
Intel Core i5-7600K $229Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $130SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 64GB $35
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $115SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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