Real World Speed
Performance profile from 80,435 user samples
33,412 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 818GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 32nd / 979
47,023 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 39% 847GB free
Poor: 39% Great: 67%
SPEED RANK: 243rd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.1 % Much faster effective speed.
55 % -62%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s Much faster read speed.
99.3 MB/s -62%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
92.4 MB/s -62%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.66 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
0.61 MB/s -8%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.45 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
1.3 MB/s -12%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
77.4 MB/s -76%
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
196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
121 MB/s -62%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
116 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
1.72 MB/s +3% 1.67 MB/s -3%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
175 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
109 MB/s -61%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -62% 0.6 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 3,768,567 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.6 % -50% 2.4 % Much higher market share.
Value For Money
94.8 % Hugely better value.
19.7 % -380%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
66 % More popular.
55 % -20%
Price (score)
$81 -1% $80 +1%
67 Months Slightly more recent.
75 Months -11%

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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release.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) 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 $300AMD RX 480 $238Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
Intel Core i5-7600K $229Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $319Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $146
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $48Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
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