Real World Speed
Performance profile from 102,829 user samples
47,454 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 7GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 984
55,375 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 553GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
92.1 % +5% 87.7 % -5%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
163 MB/s +3% 159 MB/s -3%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
147 MB/s -7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.82 MB/s Faster random read.
0.64 MB/s -28%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.76 MB/s Faster random write.
1.48 MB/s -19%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
147 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
135 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.2 MB/s -25% 0.25 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
194 MB/s -2% 197 MB/s +2%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
192 MB/s +4% 184 MB/s -4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.14 MB/s Faster peak random read.
0.98 MB/s -16%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.27 MB/s Faster peak random write.
1.79 MB/s -27%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
176 MB/s +1% 175 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s -58% 0.38 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 7,195,861 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.38 % Much higher market share.
1.01 % -37%
Value For Money
82.5 % -16% 95.7 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % -16% 67 % More popular.
Price (score)
$64 Cheaper.
$79 -19%
60 Months More recent.
76 Months -21%

The 2TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 is a 3.5" desktop hard drive. This model sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and is reasonably power efficient for a 2TB desktop drive consuming just 6.4 Watts when loaded and 5.2 Watts when idle. The DT01ACA200 has impressive performance with peak sequential read/write speeds of 193/182 MB/s and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.16/2.28 MBps. These raw figures produce an effective speed of 141 MBps which ranks the 2TB DT01ACA200 amongst the top handful of 2TB hard drives. Not only is the 2TB DT01ACA200 a great performer but it is also priced aggressively and therefore represents superb value for money for a 2TB capacity drive. Comparing the 2TB and 3TB versions shows that performance is very similar but the 3TB offers 50% more capacity for just 25% more cash which makes the difference between good and great value for money. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]


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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2018 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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