Real World Speed
Performance profile from 109,053 user samples
26,475 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 61GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 30th / 979
82,578 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 981GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.9 % -1% 89.7 % +1%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s -1% 162 MB/s +1%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
149 MB/s -1% 151 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s +3% 0.63 MB/s -3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.48 MB/s +3% 1.43 MB/s -3%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s -4% 139 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s 0% 0.25 MB/s 0%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s 0% 200 MB/s 0%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s -1% 186 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.02 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
0.92 MB/s -11%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.82 MB/s +5% 1.74 MB/s -5%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
173 MB/s -2% 176 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.39 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
0.37 MB/s -5%
Market Share
Based on 3,433,017 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.2 % -275% 4.5 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
94.5 % Better value.
73.6 % -28%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
65 % Slightly more popular.
59 % -10%
Price (score)
$81 -14% $70 Slightly cheaper.
66 Months 0% 66 Months 0%

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]


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]


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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