Real World Speed
Performance profile from 163,087 user samples
26,404 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 944GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 979
136,683 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 873GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 142GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.3 % -0% 88.6 % +0%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s 0% 160 MB/s 0%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s -1% 149 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s -3% 0.67 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.49 MB/s -5% 1.56 MB/s +5%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s +1% 134 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -4% 0.26 MB/s +4%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s +2% 197 MB/s -2%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s +1% 183 MB/s -1%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s -3% 1.03 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.79 MB/s -11% 1.99 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
173 MB/s +1% 172 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.39 MB/s 0% 0.39 MB/s 0%
Market Share
Based on 3,414,077 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.7 % -371% 8 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
93.9 % Hugely better value.
50.9 % -85%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
64 % -20% 77 % More popular.
Price (score)
$81 -38% $50 Much cheaper.
66 Months -3% 64 Months +3%

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 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) March 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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