Real World Speed
Performance profile from 121,970 user samples
51,049 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 924GB free
Worst Bench: 61% 3TB free
Poor: 61% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 984
70,921 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 5GB free
Worst Bench: 41% 143GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 246th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.7 % Much faster effective speed.
55.1 % -59%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
99.3 MB/s -60%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s Much faster write speed.
92.9 MB/s -58%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.64 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
0.59 MB/s -8%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.53 MB/s Faster random write.
1.28 MB/s -20%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
76.8 MB/s -78%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -64% 0.41 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
119 MB/s -67%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
183 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
115 MB/s -59%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.97 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
0.85 MB/s -14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.81 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
1.62 MB/s -12%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
174 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
109 MB/s -60%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.39 MB/s -51% 0.59 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 6,548,794 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.15 % -23% 1.42 % Higher market share.
Value For Money
102 % Hugely better value.
18.1 % -463%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % More popular.
54 % -24%
Price (score)
$74 Cheaper.
$87 -15%
75 Months Slightly more recent.
83 Months -10%

This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]


The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs 7200.14 shows that the more recent 7200.14 was a huge improvement over the 7200.12. The 7200.12 has average sequential read/write speeds of 97/91 vs 161/155 MB/s on the newer 7200.14. Additionally the small file 4K read/write speeds of 0.62/1.32 are improved upon by over 25% on the newer version. Overall there is no contest between the two drives and considering that they are similarly priced, the newer 7200.14 is the clear winner. The 7200.12 has an effective speed of just 88.4 MB/s which is a whopping 54% below the average of the group leaders[Mar '14 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 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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