Real World Speed
Performance profile from 73,335 user samples
167 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 68% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 40% 92GB free
Poor: 40% Great: 68%
SPEED RANK: 258th / 1002
73,168 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 1.5TB free
Poor: 64% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
56.1 % 88.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+58%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
97.6 MB/s 160 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+64%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
96.8 MB/s 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+55%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.52 MB/s 0.65 MB/s Faster random read.
+25%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.49 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+184%
1.58 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
93 MB/s 137 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+47%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.46 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+84%
0.25 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
120 MB/s 196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+63%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
117 MB/s 185 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+58%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s 0.98 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+44%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.38 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+191%
1.85 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
114 MB/s 173 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+52%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.65 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+71%
0.38 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,220,501 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % 0.87 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
24.4 % 111 % Hugely better value.
+355%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 66 % More popular.
+22%
Price
Price (score)
$66 +4% $69
Age
Newest
27 Months Much more recent.
+66%
80 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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Group Test Results

  • 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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