Real World Speed
Performance profile from 33,265 user samples
6,861 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 1.5TB free
Poor: 56% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 76th / 979
26,404 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 944GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
78.3 % -13% 88.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+13%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
142 MB/s -13% 160 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
131 MB/s -13% 148 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+13%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.59 MB/s -10% 0.65 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+10%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.35 MB/s -10% 1.49 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+10%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
120 MB/s -12% 135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+12%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.19 MB/s -32% 0.25 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+32%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
177 MB/s -13% 200 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+13%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
163 MB/s -13% 184 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+13%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.75 MB/s -33% 1 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+33%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.92 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+7%
1.79 MB/s -7%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
153 MB/s -13% 173 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+13%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.27 MB/s -44% 0.39 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+44%
Market Share
Based on 3,405,604 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.5 % -260% 1.8 % Hugely higher market share.
+260%
Value
Value For Money
78.2 % -39% 109 % Much better value.
+39%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % -19% 64 % More popular.
+19%
Price
Price (score)
$115 -39% $70 Much cheaper.
+39%
Age
Newest
49 Months More recent.
+26%
66 Months -26%
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 3TB
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This is Seagate's most recent hard drive and their first 4TB consumer offering. With a rotational speed of just 5,900 RPM it's significantly slower than the 7,200 RPM Barracudas that it supersedes. The lower rotational speed results in approximately 10% slower sequential transfer speeds and longer access times which make this drive less suitable for use as a system drive. With peak 4k read/write speeds of 0.76/1.2 MB/s the 4TB HDD.15 lags the group leaders significantly. The HDD.15 is a far better candidate for use in a NAS (Network Attached Storage) where factors such as power consumption and cost per GB are more important than outright speeds. To conclude, the HDD.15 has a relatively disappointing small file 4K performance profile but it does offer a huge amount of storage at a very competitive price which makes it a good candidate for use in a NAS. [Aug '13 HDrivePro]

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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]

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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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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $195Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $138
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $650SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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