Real World Speed
Performance profile from 65,346 user samples
21,789 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 858GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 54th / 984
43,557 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 72% 615GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
84.1 % 93.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
135 MB/s 169 MB/s Faster read speed.
+25%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
157 MB/s +1% 156 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.63 MB/s 0.81 MB/s Faster random read.
+29%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
5.05 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+232%
1.52 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s 135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.6 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+122%
0.27 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
191 MB/s 197 MB/s +3%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
192 MB/s +4% 185 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 1.04 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+28%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+207%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
154 MB/s 165 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.84 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+155%
0.33 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 7,726,387 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.43 % 2.93 % Hugely higher market share.
+581%
Value
Value For Money
53.6 % 59.6 % Slightly better value.
+11%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % 100 % Much more popular.
+59%
Price
Price (score)
$90 $45 Much cheaper.
+50%
Age
Newest
54 Months 17 Months Much more recent.
+69%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The Seagate Desktop SSHD is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). The 8GBs of MLC NAND flash built into this model help facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. Peak sequential read/write speeds are above average at 190 MB/s. The 2TB SSHD has consistently demonstrated class leading 4k random write speeds in the region of 5.0 MB/s. 4K read speeds are in the region of 0.7-0.9 MB/s which is well above average, but not record breaking. Overall the performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are very noticeable in the area of small file 4K performance where the SSHD dominates the competition. In terms of sequential speeds, the Seagate also offers better average sequential performance than most mechanical 2TB hard drives. From a value for money perspective, the 2TB SSHD is well above average, it has a brilliant 4k performance profile, strong sequential speeds and only a slightly above average price. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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