Real World Speed
Performance profile from 90,045 user samples
11,582 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 64% 770GB free
Worst Bench: 39% 315GB free
Poor: 39% Great: 64%
SPEED RANK: 298th / 1002
78,463 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 71% 130GB free
Poor: 71% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
52.4 % 92.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+77%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
88.6 MB/s 169 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+91%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
93.1 MB/s 155 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+66%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.52 MB/s 0.82 MB/s Much faster random read.
+58%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.98 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+158%
1.54 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
82.7 MB/s 137 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+66%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+50%
0.28 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
113 MB/s 198 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+75%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s 184 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+63%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.73 MB/s 1.04 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+42%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.68 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+219%
1.78 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
108 MB/s 166 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+54%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.74 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+118%
0.34 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,626,644 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.28 % 3.07 % Hugely higher market share.
+996%
Value
Value For Money
19 % 59.9 % Hugely better value.
+215%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 102 % Hugely more popular.
+100%
Price
Price (score)
$40 Slightly cheaper.
+11%
$44
Age
Newest
63 Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+67%
Capacity
Capacity
500GB 1TB
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The Laptop Thin (7mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. At less than a year old the Laptop Thin is relatively new, but its performance is unbalanced and favours small file IO. With average sequential speeds of 85 MB/s the Laptop Thin lags the group leaders by over 50% in this area. As a result regular tasks such as copying multimedia files will be relatively slow on this drive. On the other hand, thanks to its 8GB of NAND flash, small file performance is far better and average and lies in the region of 3 MB/s which is a very respectable result. Overall the Laptop Thin's performance profile is skewed heavily towards small file IO. The Thins larger capacity 1TB sibling offers considerably better value for money. [Jan '14 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) June 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $340Nvidia GTX 1070 $447Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $285Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $117
Intel Core i5-8600K $239AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $116
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $177SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $951SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $31HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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